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Zurich Film Festival Wrapped

We’re wrapping up 11 days of festival – coming together, exploring new voices, debating the future of cinema and making new friends. Find below a recap of our key industry events.    

FOCAL – Audience and Market Strategies
25.9. – Project Showcase


Noah Bohnert pitching his winning project WOUND
 

During the past three months, participants have developed a marketing, distribution, sales and festival strategy for their film through discussions and individual meetings with international experts as well as collaborative group work. ZFF hosted the project showcase pitching as closing session of the programme.
Zurich Summit & Zurich Market
25. – 27.9. – Conference Day & exclusive market screenings

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Carlo Chatrian, Lili Hinstin, Paolo Moretti, Salma Abdalla with moderator Wendy Mitchell
 

The Zurich Summit was the first conference since the lockdown where leaders of the film industry met again physically to discuss how the industry will continue in the Covid age. Industry leaders left with new inspiration for our challenging future. Alongside the Zurich Summit the Zurich Market invited sales agents and buyers to discover a few fresh titles in collaboration with the San Sebastián Film Festival.
Leading FeMales
26.9. – Content is Queen

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Jeanette Nordahl, Sandra Guldberg Kampp, Bettina Oberli, Sabine Boss Director and Monika Schärer
 

Followed by an inspiring speech of Carolina Müller-Möhl, Jeanette Nordahl and Sandra Guldberg Kampp from WILDLAND, Bettina Oberli with WANDA, MEIN WUNDER and Sabine Boss director and Head of Film at ZHdK joined forces on a panel on diversity and equality in their respective careers. The female speakers impressed the audience with personal insights and their wide-range of expertise.
Zurich Film Day
29.9. – A whole day dedicated to the local film industry

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Egger, Waltert, von Virág / animation film, production
 

The public was invited on a sneak peek behind the scenes of the local film industry. A film stroll along the value chain of the film business from production to distribution with special treats like the presentation of a film music reel, self-made animations and special effect demos.
Zurich Film Night
29.9. – Meet up with filmmakers and politicians 

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Zürcher Filmstiftung & ZFF host politicians and the industry
 

The traditional Zurich Film Night reloaded invited politicians and filmmakers for an exchange to raise awareness for what it takes to make a film. A production manager and location scout presented making of footage to show how complex it is to produce a film. The night was rounded off with the premiere of the first Zurich Tatort «Züri brännt».
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29.9. – 1.10. – The Sound of Zurich

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Composer Kristian Eidnes Andersen comments live on his work for CHARTER
 

The first ever SoundTrack_Zurich edition brought composers, music supervisors, producers and directors together at ZFF. More than two days dedicated to sound and music in film with B2B matchmaking sessions, workshops, discussions, case studies and live events.
ZFF Masters
24.9. – 4.10. – Cinema’s luminaries in conversation

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Ray Parker Jr. talks to Mathieu Jaton (CEO Montreux Jazz Festival)
 

ZFF Academy
30.9. – 4.10. – The Talent Programme

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Stars of tomorrow – ZFF Academy 2020
 

Our 5-day talent programme ZFF Academy hosted aspiring directors, writers and producers from accross Europe. Please meet a great mixed bunch of participants.
Living la vida Industry
Friends meet Friends

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Award Night celebration
 

Despite all necessary safety measures, we tried to make to most out of our informal get-togethers: Industry Reception, Soirée Française or Filmmaker’s Dinners – we had a blast with you!
Focus Competition

Winner
HOCHWALD – Evi Romen

Special Mention
ONE OF THESE DAYS – Bastian Günther

WOOD – Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst & Ebba Sinzinger

Jury
Angelina Maccarone (President), Edna Epelbaum, Sabine Moser, Francesco Rizzi,
Dan Wechsler
 

Documentary Competition

Winner
TIME – Garrett Bradley

Special Mention
THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE – Iryna Tsilyk

ACASĂ, MY HOME – Radu Ciorniciuc

Jury
Vitaly Mansky (President), Gabriela Bussmann, Sue Meures

Feature Film Competition

Winner
SIN SEÑAS PARTICULARES – Fernanda Valadez

Jury
Michel Franco (President), Karim Aïnouz, Charles Gillibert, Ellen Harrington

 

Series Competition

Winner
CRY WOLF – Maja Jul Larsen

Special Mention
ANTIDISTURBIOS – Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel Peña

Jury
Nir Bergman, Baran Bo Odar, Sabine Steyer-Violet

 


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