Festival Calendar

Zurich Film Festival

Spoundation Motion Picture Ltd.
Bederstrasse 51
8002 Zurich
phone +41 44 286 60 00
fax +41 44 286 60 01
email: info@zff.com

Artistic Director
Mr. Karl Spoerri

Film Coordinator
Ms. Stefanie Rusterholz

Year of Foundation 2005

Event Date from 27 September 2018 till 07 October 2018

in Zurich, Switzerland

Sections Competition sections: International Feature Film, International Documentary Film Competition, Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria (Feature Films and Documentary Films).
Out of Competition: Gala-Premieres (red-carpet premieres of highly anticipated films by well-established filmmakers), New World View (films from a selected guest country); Border Lines (long and short films dealing with border situations, in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières), Special Screenings (unique and highly anticipated films), ZFF for Kids (films for children and families), Window to the World (look at various cinematographic traditions), TVision (TV Series).
Retrospectives: (presenting the work of outstanding filmmakers who are honored at the festival): A Tribute to…, Golden Icon, Career Achievement Award

Terms of Entry Competition: Director's 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature-length films (over 60 min.), productions completed after 01 Oct. 2017, minimum status requirement: Swiss premiere at ZFF, international premieres preferred.
Out of Competition: Films must be at least 60 minutes long (except TV pilots), projects projects must be completed after 1 October 2017, minimum status requirement: Swiss premiere.

Films can be submitted via the platform Withoutabox:


Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP

Registration Deadline 30 June 2018

Fees Early Bird (until 31 March 2018): 50 €, Regular Entry (from 1 April 2018 until 30 June 2018): 75 €

Attendance Figures 98,300

Participants of the Film Industry more than 800 in 2017

Prizes/Awards The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 25,000 cash prize will be awarded in each of the two categories International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Film Competition by two separate juries. The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 20,000 cash prize will be awarded in the competition category Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria by a separate jury. Winning films with Swiss distribution further profit from P&A contribution for a theatrical release in Switzerland.

Furthermore, the public audience will choose its favorite film from all of the competition entries and the winner will receive the Audience Award, the Swiss Association of Film Journalists annually presents their Critics’ Choice Award.

German Films


International Documentary Film / Competition
THE RAFT (DAS FLOSS) by Marcus Lindeen (SE/DK/DE/US, Sutor Kolonko)

Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria
ADAM & EVELYN by Andreas Goldstein (Ma.ja.de. Fiction)
LET THE BELL RING by Christin Freitag (Basis Berlin Filmproduktion, DFFB)
LOVE MOVIE (LIEBESFILM) by Robert Bohrer & Emma Rosa Simon (Basis Berlin Filmproduktion, DFFB)
MAMACITA by José Pablo Estrada Torrescano (DE/MX/LU, Fruitmarket Arts & Media)

Gala Premieres
BALLOON (BALLON) by Michael Bully Herbig (herbX film, STUDIOCANAL, Seven Pictures Film)
BECOMING ASTRID by Pernille Fischer Christensen (SE/DE/DK, DCM Pictures)
DER VORNAME by Sönke Wortmann (Constantin Film)
HIGH LIFE by Claire Denis (DE/FR/GB/PL/US, Pandora Film)
NEVER LOOK AWAY (WERK OHNE AUTOR) by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Pergamon Film, Wiedemann & Berg Film)
THE TALE by Jennifer Fox (US/DE, One Two Films)
TRAUTMANN by Marcus H. Rosenmüller (DE/GB, Lieblingsfilm, Square One Entertainment, ARRI Media)

Special Screenings
AQUARELA by Victor Kossakowsky (DE/GB/DK, Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT by Lars von Trier (DK/FR/DE/SE, Zentropa Köln)

Border Lines
A WOMAN CAPTURED by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter (HU/DE, CORSO Film)
FALSE CONFESSIONS (DK/DE, gebrüder beetz filmproduktion)
RAFIKI by Wanuri Kahiu (ZA/KE/FR/LB/NO/NL/DE, Razor Film)

ARTHURS GESETZ by Christian Zübert (Good Friends Filmproduktion)
HACKERVILLE by Igor Chobileanski & Anca Miruna Lazarescu (RO/DE, Turner Broadcasting System Germany, UFA Fiction)

Hashtag #BigData
THE CLEANERS by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck (DE/BR, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion)

ZFF for Kids
SUPA MODO by Likarion Wainaina (DE/KE, One Fine Day Films)

Retro: Wim Wenders
THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK (DIE ANGST DES TORMANNS BEIM ELFMETER) by Wim Wenders (DE/AT, Filmverlag der Autoren, Wim Wenders Stiftung1972)
ALICE IN THE CITIES (ALICE IN DEN STÄDTEN) by Wim Wenders (Filmverlag der Autoren, 1974)
KINGS OF THE ROAD (IM LAUF DER ZEIT) by Wim Wenders (Wim Wenders Productions, 1976)
THE AMERICAN FRIEND (DER AMERIKANISCHE FREUND) by Wim Wenders (DE/FR, Bavaria Film Group, Filmverlag der Autoren, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Wim Wenders Productions, Wim Wenders Stiftung, 1977)
PARIS, TEXAS by Wim Wenders (DE/FR/GB/US, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Wim Wenders Stiftung, 1984)
WINGS OF DESIRE (DER HIMMEL ÜBER BERLIN) by Wim Wenders (DE/FR, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Wim Wenders Stiftung,1987)
UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (BIS ANS ENDE DER WELT (DE/FR/AU, Road Movies Filmproduktion, 1991)
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB by Wim Wenders (DE/US/GB/FR/CU, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Wim Wenders Stiftung, 1999)
THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL by Wim Wenders (DE/GB/US, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Wim Wenders Stiftung, 2000)
DON’T COME KNOCKING by Wim Wenders (GB/FR/DE/US, Reverse Angle International, Wim Wenders Stiftung2005)
PINA by Wim Wenders (DE/FR/GB, Neue Road Movies, 2011)

Retro: Donald Sutherland
NOVECENTO / 1900 by Bernardo Bertolucci (IT/FR/DE, Artemis Film, 1976)

Number of Films Shown 172 films

Media Coverage More then 650 national and international media representatives, over 3000 articles in the German/Swiss press.

Evaluation In its short history, the festival has managed to establish itself as an annual highlight for the Zurich audience and the international festival calendar. International films are well received and the presence of well-known international filmmakers enlarges the festival’s attraction for the media.

Services Other core events during the Zurich Film Festival are:
_ZURICH MASTER CLASS (http://www.zurichmasterclass.org)
_ZURICH SUMMIT (http://zurichsummit.com)

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