Press Releases

  • 19. July 2018

    A Tribute to... Award to German Director Wim Wenders

    Internationally renowned German director Wim Wenders will receive the A Tribute to... Award on October 6. The award will include a retrospective of his work screened in his honour at the 14th Zurich Film Festival.

  • 12. July 2018

    First FOCUS competition film confirmed: MIDNIGHT RUNNER premieres at ZFF

    Based on a real-life crime that took place in Berne, MIDNIGHT RUNNER (2018) will screen at the Zurich Film Festival. The Swiss production is one of twelve films to compete for the Golden Eye in the festival’s FOCUS competition section. Director Hannes Baumgartner and the producers Stefan Eichenberger and Ivan Madeo from Contrast Film will be in Zurich to present their film.

  • 28. June 2018

    First Gala Premiere confirmed: WOLKENBRUCHS WUNDERLICHE REISE IN DIE ARME EINER SCHICKSE at 14th Zurich Film Festival

    The 14th Zurich Film Festival gets underway in just three months from today and we are delighted to confirm the first Gala Premiere: this year’s most anticipated Swiss production WOLKENBRUCHS WUNDERLICHE REISE IN DIE ARME EINER SCHICKSE (WOLKENBRUCH) gets its premiere at the ZFF. Director Michael Steiner will present his most recent film together with cast and crew on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

  • 18. June 2018

    Film Music Composer Cliff Martinez heads the Jury of the 7th International Film Music Competition

    The International Film Music Competition takes place for the 7th time during the 14th Zurich Film Festival this coming autumn. The celebrity jury will be presided over by Cliff Martinez. Martinez made a name for himself as Steven Soderberg’s and Nicolas Winding Refn’s preferred composer and during the mid eighties as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer. Winding Refn's THE NEON DEMON won Best Soundtrack in 2016 at the International Film Festival in Cannes ...

  • 11. May 2018

    ZFF Launches New Award for Best Series

    The Zurich Film Festival’s new „ZFF Series“ competition section presents between six and eight of the world’s most innovative series. Series of all genres are eligible for nomination as along as they comprise a minimum of four episodes at 40-60 minutes per episode and celebrate their Swiss premiere at the ZFF. A jury will award the Golden Eye for „Best International TV Series“ endowed with a CHF 10’000 cash prize during the festival.

  • 09. May 2018

    Summer is coming: Got what it takes to be a filmmaker? ZFF 72 *Summer Edition*

    Switzerland’s biggest film contest launches its new summer edition. Register from June 8 at to take part in the ZFF 72 Summer Edition. The competition requires entrants to create a film on a given theme lasting no longer than 72 seconds in just 72 hours. Prizes worth CHF 3’000 are up for grabs.

  • 17. April 2018

    Treatment Award 2018 - “Together We Are Strong”

    Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) and Telepool Zürich have joined forces once again with the Zurich Film Festival to launch the sixth Treatment Award Competition. Authors are invited to submit a feature film exposé entitled “Together We Are Strong”.

  • 06. March 2018

    Start of the 7th International Film Music Competition

    A springboard for talented musical composers from around the globe, this year’s International Film Music Competition asks entrants to score HAPPINESS. This short animation film by the renowned London-based illustrator Steve Cutts has garnered over 1.2 million plays on Vimeo in just three months and has been selected to receive its ‘Best of the Year’ accolade. The International Film Music Competition is now open for entries.  Link to the media release: "Scoring of ...