Press Releases

  • 12. September 2019

    Green wave, record number of women and many Hollywood stars

    The 15th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 26 to Oct 6) will feature over 170 films from 58 countries. Among them are more works by women directors than ever before. We further celebrate strong women with Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Julie Delpy. And the Hollywood stars Javier Bardem, Donald Sutherland, Roland Emmerich and Oliver Stone each head a ZFF Masters session. 

  • 11. September 2019

    A Tribute to... Award to Director Roland Emmerich

    The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) is delighted to announce that German director Roland Emmerich will be honored with this year’s A Tribute to... Award on Sunday, September 29th. Alongside the award, the ZFF will also screen a retrospective of his work, from his debut film THE NOAH’S ARK PRINCIPLE to the widely known INDEPENDENCE DAY, GODZILLA, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and ANONYMOUS. The 15th edition of the festival will also feature Emmerich taking part in a ...

  • 09. September 2019

    ZFF to honour Kristen Stewart with Golden Eye Award

    Kirsten Stewart will receive the recipient of the Zurich Film Festival’s (ZFF) prestigious Golden Eye Award. Stewart will be in Zurich with director Benedict Andrews to celebrate her latest film SEBERG in which she plays the title character, Jean Seberg. The film receives its Swiss premiere on Wednesday October 2nd.

  • 04. September 2019

    First gala premieres at the ZFF confirmed

    After the opening film BRUNO MANSER - DIE STIMME DES REGENWALDES by Niklaus Hilber we are pleased to confirm the first few films in the section «Gala premieres», who will be screened in the presence of the following high-profile guests: SUICIDE TOURIST with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY with Donald Sutherland and Claes Bang,BLACKBIRD with Lindsay Duncan as well as DEUTSCHSTUNDE with Tobias Moretti.

  • 30. August 2019

    Film about Bruno Manser Opens Festival

    BRUNO MANSER – DIE STIMME DES REGENWALDES, one of the year’s most anticipated films, will open the 15th Zurich Film Festival on September 26. The world premiere screening takes place in the presence of Swiss Federal President Ueli Maurer and the Mayor of Zurich Corine Mauch.

  • 29. August 2019

    Oliver Stone to be Jury President

    The three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone will head the Jury of the 15th Zurich Film Festival’s International Competition. He will also present a restored version of the “The Doors” and his doc series “The Putin Interviews”. The other two juries are also top notch: the jury of the International Documentary Film Competition is chaired by two-time Oscar winning producer Simon Chinn, while German producer Thomas Kufus heads the jury of the Focus Competition.

  • 11. July 2019

    The ZFF celebrates Colombian cinema

    The 15th edition of the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) which runs September 26 through October 6, will shine a light on Colombian cinema. The programme will highlight a new generation of filmmakers whoes work reflects on the country’s recent history. Media Release

  • 08. July 2019

    Finalists of the 8th Film Music Competition Announced

    Over 300 composers from 46 countries entered the 8th International Film Music Competition. Headed by the US American composer Don Davis, the Jury has now selected five compositions to take part in the final. The compositions will be world premiered by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and followed immediately by the Award Ceremony and the Film Music Concert entitled BEYOND THE MATRIX. Media Release 2019-07-08

  • 04. April 2019

    Zurich Film Festival prepares succession planning

    In accordance with the long-term strategy of the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF), Co-founders Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri are planning for their succession after 15 years of operational leadership. The co-directors will be stepping down from their current posts at the beginning of 2020 but continue to work with the festival on a strategic level. Christian Jungen, chief cultural editor at “NZZ am Sonntag” will serve as the festival’s new Artistic Director. The search for ...

  • 26. March 2019

    Strong Partners for the 15th Zurich Film Festival: Mercedes-Benz is new Main Partner

    The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) has been able to count for many years now on the support of its loyal partners. As of 2019, our new Main Partner Mercedes-Benz will join the ranks of the ZFF’s current long-standing Main Partners Credit Suisse, UPC and Samsung. The ZFF has thus been able to secure another strong brand name for future editions of the festival. The premium motor vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz will provide an all-electric fleet of ...