The 13th Zurich Film Festival Calls For Entries!

Dear filmmakers,

The 13th Zurich Film Festival is now open for submissions!

The festival season officially starts with the Call for Entries, which began February 15th. Films can be submitted via the platform Withoutabox.

Competition categories

The competition comprises of the following three categories:


  • International Feature Film Competition


  • International Documentary Film Competition


  • Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria (Feature Films and Documentary Films)

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.

Submissions to the competition must fulfill the following criteria:


-Director’s 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature-length film (> 60 min)


-Projects completed after October 1, 2016


-Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at ZFF

Out of Competition sections

(Documentary Films, Feature Films, Series)


  • Gala Premieres


  • Special Screenings


  • New World View


  • Border Lines


  • Window to the World


  • TVision


  • ZFF for Kids

Submissions to the Non Competition sections must fulfill the following criteria:


-Films must be at least 60 minutes long (except TV pilots)


-Projects completed after October 1, 2016


-Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at ZFF

Submission fee

-Early Bird until March 31: 50 Euro


-From April 1 until June 30: 75 Euro

Please submit your film here!

For questions regarding submissions, please contact Christine Albrecht (christine.albrecht@zff.com).

We’re looking forward to receiving your submission!

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