1 Theme - 72 Hours
1 Film - 72 Seconds

Take part in ZFF 72 and impress the online community with your film!
Win prizes totalling over CF 10'000.–

Viewers Award: CHF 4'000.–
Jury Award: CHF 5'000.–
Mobile Filming Award: 1 Galaxy S9, 1 GalaxyTab S4
and 1 Gear 360 by Samsung

And even more: Three of the submitted films will be shown at the shnit worldwide Shortfilmfestival in Bern! 

Produce a film lasting no longer than 72 seconds in only 72 hours. The theme will be announced on Friday, September 28 at noon.

​Important Dates

  • Monday, September 3, 2018: registration opens at zff72.com
  • Friday, September 28, 2018, 12 noon: announcing of theme & start of 72h countdown
  • Monday, October 1, 2018, 12 noon: film entry deadline
  • Monday, October 1, 2018, 18 evening: start of online voting
  • Thursday, October 4, 2018, 18 evening: end of online voting
  • Friday, October 5, 2018: announcement of winners and Award Ceremony with Award Party


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Once again a workshop will take place this year prior to the announcement of the theme. There is interesting content and fascinating speakers waiting for you! The workshop is aimed at participants of this year's ZFF 72 film contest.

Time: Friday, September 28, 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon

Venue: Festival Centre of Zurich Film Festival, Sechseläutenplatz, 8001 Zürich



  • Yvonne Eisenring: 
    Why courage is the beginning of every idea and why listening is the most important skill of a storyteller.
    How to find your own story (German)
  • Lisann Anders:
    Show, do not tell ... but also tell:
    From the idea to the visualization of a short film (English)
  • Marwan Abdalla Eissa:
    Idea implementation & production workflow in 72 hours.
    Simple tips and insights on how to implement a good idea in a short time (German)

The workshop will be moderated by experienced moderator and communication trainer Stephan Lendi.

Please register until September 27, 2018 at 12 noon using the following link



We are proud to introduce you to the jury of the 2018 Jury Award. 

The Mobile Filming Jury

We are proud to present this year's expert jury on mobile filming.  


About ZFF 72

What it's all about

ZFF 72 entrants have 72 hours to produce a film clip lasting no longer than 72 seconds. The Zurich Film Festival gives the theme.

What can be won

  • Your clip has 72 hours to collect as many points as possible in online voting.
  • The winner of the Viewers Award is the film that receives the highest number of points at the end of the online voting period at zff72.com. The Viewers Award is endowed with a CHF 4’000 cash prize.
  • The jury will choose the Jury Top 10 as well as the winner of the Jury Award from all submitted films, regardless of the number of points they received from online votes. The Jury Award is endowed with a CHF 5’000 cash prize.
  • A specialist jury selects the winner of the Mobile Filming Award from all films submitted in this category. The winner of the Mobile Filming Award will receive various non-cash prizes sponsored by Samsung.