Festival centre at Sechseläutenplatz, ZürichThe festival focuses on the work of young up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world to promote their work. However, particular emphasis is placed on the discovery of new talent from the German-speaking world as German is widely spoken in Switzerland.
The Zurich Film Festival is held under the auspices of Spoundation Motion Picture GmbH in cooperation with local sponsor and international distributors and producers. The idea to create an international film festival was the brainchild of Karl Spoerri, who founded the festival together with Nadja Schildknecht and Antoine Monot Jr.. Karl Spoerri (Artistic and Strategic Director) and Nadja Schildknecht (Managing Director) are the festival’s current Co-Directors.
Each evening, the ‘Gala Premier’ section celebrates highly anticipated film premieres by established filmmakers in the presence of cast and crew. Both feature films and large-scale documentaries are presented in this section. The films are screened as world, European, German-language or Swiss premieres.
Poster showing some of the films being shown in the festivalGolden Eye Award is the main attraction of the festival - an award that also comes with 25 000 CHF cash prize (International Feature / Documentary Film) resp. a 20'000 CHF cash prize (Focus). The public chooses its favourite film from all of the competition entries by giving votes to every film. The best voted film receives the festival's Audience Award.
The state of parking lots being displayed for the ease of drivers finding a parking lot
Zurich Film Festival night at the Zurich Opera House
Each year the Zurich Opera House wars a cloak of brightly coloured lights, dominated by the purples, to host the film festival. When we reached the arena, the guests were arriving amid big applause by the crowd gathered around the welcome shelter.
Guests being received by Nadja Schildknecht, managing director of ZFF
Nadja Schildknecht, managing director of ZFF and Swiss entrepreneur
Actors posing in front of the ZFF welcome board
- International Feature Film Competition: UNA NOCHE SIN LUNA by Germán Tejeira (Uruguay)
- International Documentary Film Competition: TOTO AND HIS SISTERS by Alexander Nanau (Romania)
- Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria: CHILDREN OF THE ARCTIC by Nick Brandestini (Switzerland)
- Critic’s Choice Award: SVENSKJÄVEL by Ronnie Sandahl (Sweden)
- Audience Award: ZU ENDE LEBEN by Rebecca Panian (Switzerland)
- Audience Award for Children’s Film: QUATSCH UND DIE NASENBÄRBANDE by Veit Helmer (Germany)
- Newly introduced Emerging Swiss Talent Award: Bruno Deville’s BOUBOULE (Switzerland)
Thus our Swiss tour finally ended with the delicious Swiss ice cream and memories that would always remind us of being there - though for one day but carrying a nostalgia that keeps reminding of Switzerland till date.
Tomorrow we would be leaving for Italy's Milan and Pisa. But there was much more enroute to write on. I will describe the following events in my subsequent posts.