ZFF – Zurich Film Festival

The Zurich Film Festival provides a platform for the most promising filmmakers from around the globe.

October 3 – 13, 2024

Every fall, thousands of movie enthusiasts and media and film professionals attend the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) to see one of around 160 movies that are screened over a period of 11 days. The aim of the Zurich Film Festival is to offer larger audiences an insight into the work of young, emerging filmmakers from all over the world and to promote the exchange of ideas between established filmmakers, creative new talent, and the public.

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Prizes and Competitions

In three international competitions, (“Feature Film”, “Documentary Competition”, and “Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria”), young filmmakers compete for the main prize, the Golden Eye. In the “Gala Premieres” section, legendary directors and Hollywood stars present this year’s most highly anticipated movies, which have a great chance of winning an Oscar. Furthermore, the festival presents film series on current topics, such as “Hashtag#”, “New World View”, and “Border Lines”.


The hub of the festival activity is Zurich’s Sechseläutenplatz, situated in the heart of the city and on the shore of Lake Zurich. The festival movie theaters, Piccadilly, Corso, and Le Paris, as well as the Festival Centre, are located here. Additional Festival movie theaters – Arena Cinemas Sihlcity, and Filmpodium – are just a few minutes away.

For Kids

Laugh, discover, empathize, dive into the action, share the thrills, contemplate, understand, be amazed! The “ZFF for Kids” series presents outstanding movies for children and families from all over the world. In addition, at the majority of the movie presentations, members of the public also have the opportunity to meet the filmmakers in person. Tickets for the ZFF children’s movies can be purchased at a special price of CHF 10. The films are suitable for children between 4-14 years. It is generally recommended that children are accompanied by an adult.

The Right Accommodation

Close to the Festival

Visitors to the ZFF will find first-class hotels in Zurich where they can enjoy a pleasant stay. A large number of suitable hotels are located around the festival center on Sechseläutenplatz. It is advisable to make a reservation early on.

Restaurants in the Vicinity

Never Go to the Movie Hungry

There are many restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the festival center, where guests can satisfy their hunger before or after the movie screenings.

Museum Visit

More Culture

During the Zurich Film Festival, visitors also have the opportunity to explore the cultural scene far removed from the big screen. Fine art, history, and design are the main focus in these museums.

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