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    Zürich Film Festival

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    The aim of the Zurich Film Festival is to offer audiences an insight into the work of the most promising filmmakers from around the globe and to promote the exchange of ideas between established film workers, creative talent and the public. Emerging directors have the opportunity to present their films to the wide attention of the entire German-language market. Participants come from all over the world and include both rising and renowned filmmakers as well as buyers, sellers, distributors, media professionals and industry leaders.

    • ZFF presents the most promising international new filmmakers
    • ZFF provides the N°1 platform for a film release in the German speaking market in the fall
    • ZFF creates a unique networking platform bringing together industry players, creative talents and a big audience

    The international competition wittnesses uprising filmmakers competing for the coveted Golden Eye the festival’s main award. In addition to the competition, we also present the latest films by renowned filmmakers as exclusive “Gala Premieres” or “Special Screenings”. Furthermore, the “New World View” series focuses upon the current cinematic oeuvre of a certain film region. “Border Lines” is a section dedicated to films dealing with border situations such as territorial, social and individual conflicts. “TVision focuses on the latest, most innovative TV formats. Numerous side events, such as the “Zurich Master Class“, the “Zurich Summit“, and the “Film Music Competition” complete the festival programme.

    The Zurich Film Festival began in October 2005 and became firmly established upon the national and international festival landscape within a very short period of time. The festival continues to grow rapidly. In 2014, about 79’000 visitors and more than 500 accredited journalists attended the screenings.

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    In 2004, Karl Spoerri and Tim Geser invited the renowned English digital film festival “onedotzero adventures in moving image” to Zurich, where it was the guest of Zurich University of the Arts from October 29 – 31, 2004. This small-scale event developed into the Zürich Film Festival and brought together its core team.

    In the spring of 2005, Karl Spoerri, Nadja Schildknecht and Antoine Monot, Jr. founded Spoundation Motion Picture GmbH, which has since been responsible for implementing the Zurich Film Festival and is currently managed by Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Karl Spoerri is the ZFF’s Artistic Director.

    Theatres 1 – 6 at the cinema Plaza in Zurich’s district 4 provided the venues for the 1st Zurich Film Festival (October 5 – 9, 2005). The festival focussed on “Debuts” and screened approx. 8 premieres in one competition category. Further film line-ups included “Debut Classics” and “Züri Bellevue”. The first festival was well received by the public and attracted 8’000 visitors – the press and film industry reacted with initial scepticism towards the young event.

    The 2nd Zurich Film Festival (October 2 – 6, 2006) took place in 2006 at the cinemas corso, Academy and Frosch – the Golden Eye was awarded for the first time in three competition categories (Young Feature Film, Young Documentary Film and Debut Feature Film). Additions to the programme included the ‘New World View’ line-up. The 2nd Zürich Film Festival attracted 18’000 visitors and 600 accredited film industry representatives.

    The young festival took a huge leap forward in 2007 by extending its duration to 11 days – the festival’s current length. The films of the 3rd Zurich Film Festival(September 27 to October 7) were screened in the cinemas corso, Capitol, Frosch, Movie and Le Paris located along Zürich’s ‘Film Mile’. More than 50 world, European or Swiss premieres were presented at cinemas distributed along the quayside of Zürich’s river Limmat. The number of visitors rose within three years to 27’000. The Zurich Film Festival boasted a new Festival Centre located in the very heart of the city: A large marquee at Rathausplatz became the meeting point for cinema lovers and film workers. 2007 saw the festival programme expand to include the Zürich Coproduction Forum.

    Zurich Film Festival continued to develop in the years between 2008 and 2012, with visitor numbers more than doubling. The cinemas ‘corso’ and ‘Le Paris’ have been the festival’s main screening venues for several years now; the cinema Arena Filmcity joined this list in 2011.

    In 2009, Zurich Film Festival suffered a particularly unfortunate blow, which not only cast a shadow over the festival, but also made it known around the globe. Honorary guest Roman Polanski was arrested on arrival in Switzerland and held under house arrest for nine months. He returned to the Zurich Film Festival in 2011 to pick up his award two years later than planned.

    In 2011, the Zurich Film Festival was offered guest rights by the city of Zurich to use the Sechseläutenwiese, where a new Festival Centre was erected. The Zurich Opera House became the new venue for the glamorous Award Night. The 2011 Zurich Film Festival attracted 51’000 visitors.

    With the onedotzero section, Zurich Film Festival began bringing the most important and innovative festival in the field of digital film to Zürich in 2005. Even as a small independent film festival, the London-based creators were showing works by Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham, long before their names were made known to a wider audience. onedotzero_ch was the Swiss edition of the British festival, which took place within the framework of the Zurich Film Festival until 2011.

    The ZFF added two films for children aged 6 and older, and two films for primary school children to its programme for the first time in 2012. Visitor figures reached a record 58’000.

    With a total of 71’000 visitors, of these 4000 children and students, the festival has seen a more than 20% increase in viewer numbers in 2013. With 345 screenings of 122 film titles and some 450 national and international guests, Zurich Film Festival has once again experienced considerable growth.

    The Zurich Film Festival continues on the road to success. With some 79’000 visitors in 2014, the festival’s anniversary edition saw a renewed increase in ticket sales by 11%. The 10th ZFF offered 145 films and 374 screenings. The very first‚ ZFF 72 Talent Contest’ was a huge success. A total of 235 individuals or crews of young filmmakers from eleven countries made a short film and submitted it to the contest.

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    The competition presents only first, second or third directing works in three categories (each with 10-14 films):

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    Industry Events:

    Zurich Summit

    This conference is held annually within the framework of the Zurich Film Festival at The Dolder Grand hotel. The 6th edition of Zurich Summit will take place on September 26-27, 2015. Unique to the German-speaking world, this forum offers an exclusive platform where top-class representatives from the entertainment and film industries meet investors and representatives from the world of finance. Topics include production and investment strategies, film financing and risk minimising, distribution and European co-productions.

    Speakers have included: Claudia Blümhuber (CEO, Silver Reel Partners AG), Marc Butan (Principal, MadRiver Pictures), David Glasser (COO, The Weinstein Company), Nicolas Chartier (CEO, Voltage Pictures), Georges A. Kern (CEO, IWC Schaffhausen), Ben Kramer (Film Finance Agent, CAA), Pierre-Ange Le Pogam (Principal, Stone Angels), Nick Meyer (CEO, Sierra/Affinity), Brian Oliver (President, Cross Creek Pictures), Helge Sasse (CEO, Senator Entertainment), Michael Shamberg (Principal, MAS Productions), Greg Shapiro (Principal, Kingsgate Films), Roeg Sutherland (Co-Head of Film Finance and Sales, CAA), Christopher Woodrow (CEO, Vendian Entertainment).

    ZFF Masters

    The ZFF Masters are chaired discussions with celebrated personalities from the international film industry. They offer the public insight into the creative process and attitude to film of directors, screenwriters, producers and actors. These renowned experts are available for public question-and-answer sessions.

    Speakers have included: Tim BevanFrank DarabontAsghar FarhadiCharles H. FergusonHarrison FordMiloš FormanMarc ForsterPaul HaggisMichael HanekeMarkus ImhoofSylvester StalloneTom TykwerHarvey WeinsteinJerry Weintraub.

    ZFF Master Class

    The ZFF Master Class facilitates networking between young, talented filmmakers and leading experts from the film industry and imparts creative filmmaking know-how. Participants are given the opportunity to interact with established industry role models who are themselves exceptional filmmakers. The ZFF Master Class serves as a source of motivation and inspiration for young filmmakers.

    Speakers have included: John Battsek, Moritz Bleibtreu, Dario Suter & Joel Brandeis, Daniel Espinosa, Jennifer Fox, Stephen FrearsCosta-GavrasTerry GilliamChristopher Hampton, Jessica Hausner, Markus Imboden & Jasmine Hoch, Janine Jackowski, Michael KeatonKen Loach, Guneet Monga, Pietro Scalia, Hervé Schneid, Michael Shamberg, Greg Shapiro, Stacey SherOliver StoneJeremy ThomasChristine VachonBenh Zeitlin.

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    Side Events:

    International Film Music Competition

    The International Film Music Competition was first introduced in 2012 and its venue alternates between the Tonhalle Zürich and one of the festival cinemas. The competition is a collaboration between the Zurich Film Festival and the Forum Filmmusik. French‐born pianist and composer Laurant Courbier is the winner of the second International Film Music Competition, which took place during the 9th Zurich Film Festival on September 27, 2013 at Arena Cinemas. Courbier received the Golden Eye endowed with a 10’000 Swiss franc cash prize for the ‚Best International Film Music 2013’.

    Treatment Competition

    In 2013, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) and Telepool Zürich launched – together with Zurich Film Festival – a new Treatment Competition. Authors are invited to submit a feature-length cinema or TV film treatment. The work must include a strong content-based, character-based or production-based connection to Switzerland. The Treatment Competition award is endowed with a CHF 5000 cash prize. The winner also receives a screenplay development agreement worth up to CHF 25’000 for the creation of a feature-length cinema or TV film screenplay.

    ZFF for kids

    On the 9th Zurich Film Festival the, ZFF for kids Audience Award‘ has been introduced and the screenings in this section have been expanded to total 14. The children’s films are shown in the original language and simultaneously translated to German.