Important Dates

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

1 General

The 6th ZFF 72 takes place during the 14th Zurich Film Festival (September 27 – October 7, 2018), which is organised by Zurich Film Festival AG (hereafter referred to as "Organiser").

With ZFF 72, the Organiser aims to motivate, inspire and promote young filmmakers, regardless of their experience in the field of film.

By registering for ZFF 72, the participant (hereafter referred to as "Participant") accepts the following Regulations on behalf of him/herself and any crewmembers who may also participate.

2 Conditions of participation

The contest is open to all natural and contractually capable persons. Participation is not bound to a particular domicile.

2.1 Registration

Registration for ZFF 72 is possible until Friday, September 28, 2018 at 12 noon (Central European Time) via A MyZFF Account is necessary for registration. All participants are obliged to complete the registration form completely and truthfully.

2.2 Contact person and crew

There is one ZFF 72 Account per filmmaker/crew/submission assigned to the name of the registered person. All communication will take place between the Organiser and the registered Participant only. The registered person alone is entitled to accept a possible prize.

Crew members can be mentioned in the ZFF 72 Account using their surnames, first names and positions. Participants must be able to provide proof of identity in the form of a copy of their National Identity Card or comparable document (passport, registration certificate) if requested by the Organiser.

2.3 Exclusion from the contest

The Organiser reserves the right to exclude from the contest Participants who have breached the Contest Regulations. Participants who attempt to disrupt the course of or manipulate the contest will also be excluded from participation.

Also excluded from the contest are films that

  • incite a criminal offence
  • trivialise or glorify war
  • make extremist statements or advertise an extremist or terrorist group
  • make defamatory or offensive statements about natural or legal persons
  • have grossly indecent or pornographic content
  • contain advertisements or commercial content
  • contain a risk for participants or third parties
  • were not created independently (eg. by buying external film content)
  • were not made exclusively for the 6th edition of ZFF 72
  • were not made within the 72 hours of production
  • fail to capture the theme

3 Films

3.1 Submission

In order to submit a film, every participant must upload his/her film file to the submission form at Participants can upload their films using one of the following file formats:
- 3GPP
- WebM

Only one entry can be submitted per ZFF 72 Account and filmmaker/crew. All entries must have been created independently and exclusively for the 6th edition of ZFF 72.

3.2 Formal regulations

Films of all types and genres may be submitted to the contest. A film entry participates in the contest if it is not longer than 72 seconds (incl. credits) and is received before the entry deadline. In order to participate in the contest, the film must exhibit a recognisable link to the contest theme.

All films competing in the Mobile Filming category have to be shot by using one of the following devices: smartphone, tablet, actioncam, drone or 360° camera. Postproduction can be done by using other devices too.

The film can be in any language. If the film is in neither English nor German, subtitles in one of these languages are required.

3.3 Presentation at and online voting

Providing they do not breach the conditions, the films will be linked to the Vimeo channel of the Zurich Film Festival and uploaded to where they will compete for the Viewers Award. The public can rate each of the films on a scale of 1 to 5 via a public online voting system.

4 Prizes

A Viewers Award, a Jury Award and a Mobile Filming Award will be given. Participants are informed of their performance during the Award Ceremony on October 5, 2018.

The Organiser is under no circumstances obliged to invite a participant, or pay travel or accommodation expenses for a participant, who is not in Zurich at the time of the Award Ceremony. This applies even if he/she should receive a prize.

4.1 Viewers award

The winner of the Viewers Award is the film that receives the highest number of points at the end of the online voting at The Viewers Award is endowed with a CHF 4000 cash prize. In the event of a tie, the winner will be drawn by lot without possibility of recourse to legal action.

4.2 Jury award

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 comprises several persons active in the film and social media sectors. They are invited by the Organiser. Persons who take part in any way in the production of a film entered into the contest are excluded from accepting this position.

4.3 Mobile filming award

The jury of the Mobile Filming category will choose the winner of the Mobile Filming Award from all submitted films in this category, regardless of the number of points they received from online votes.
The jury comprises two persons active in the film and social media sectors. They are invited by the Organiser. Persons who take part in any way in the production of a film entered into the contest are excluded from accepting this position.

The films are judged based on the following criteria:

  • fulfillment of content requirements
  • creativity and originality of content and implementation

The Jury Award is endowed with a CHF 5000 cash prize.
The winner of the Mobile Filming Award will receive a prize sponsored by Samsung (further details will follow).

The ranking of films by the jury is final. There are no rights to appeal against the jury’s decision. Any recourse to judicial means is excluded.

4.4 Prize entitlement

In the event of a win, only the Participant registered with his/her MyZFF Account for ZFF 72 is entitled to claim the prize; the division of the prize within the crew is left entirely to the Participant and, where applicable, the crewmembers. A group is not entitled to a separate prize for each member. The prize is non-transferable.

5 Grant of rights

5.1 Transferral of rights to the organiser

The Participant maintains the rights to his/her film entry at all times. However, he/she grants the Organiser the right to present the submitted film, make it publicly available, distribute it and make it available for third party viewing unrestrictedly in terms of location and frequency.

Furthermore, the Participant expressly agrees to his/her film being made public via the website and the Zurich Film Festival Vimeo channel. If applicable, the Organiser will refer to or create links to the film in various publications or on the Internet.

The Organiser is not the provider of the films submitted by the participants. These films will be made available exclusively by the respective user.

5.2 Thrid party declaration of consent

By submitting a film, the Participant declares that he/she owns all rights (including all third-party rights) with regard to the submitted film. In the event that one or more persons are clearly recognisable, or the sound or music of third parties can be heard in the film, those involved must agree that the film be made public. The respective declaration of consent must be made available if requested by the Organiser.

Should third parties nevertheless assert claims resulting from the infringement of their rights, the Participant declares the Organiser free from all said claims. The person who submits the film is solely responsible for its content (image, sound, data, texts etc.).

5.3 Music rights

You must seek approval from SUISA before using another person’s music. SUISA-free music may also be used. In this case the Participant must provide evidence if requested by the Organiser that the respective piece of music is SUISA-free. The Participant declares the Organiser free from all responsibilities regarding charges brought forward by SUISA and/or other collecting societies in relation to the film created by that Participant.

5.4 Rights to one's own picture

By participating, the Participant agrees to photographs and recordings being made of his/her person throughout the contest process – particularly during the Award Ceremony – and those photographs and recordings to be published at, as well as on the Organiser’s Facebook page and in other publications. Furthermore, the Participant also agrees to his/her name being published at, as well as on the Organiser’s Facebook page and in other publications. The Participant also understands that his/her name may be published in connection with his/her photograph.

6 Data protection

The Organiser takes the protection of participants’ personal data very seriously. During the contest, the Organiser adheres to the highest possible data protection standards in accordance with the relevant legal regulations. The Participant hereby expressly consents to the storage and use of the personal data communicated.

The Organiser does not pass on personal data to third parties unless the individual has given his/her explicit consent. The Organiser may pass on data to cooperation partners when necessary for the awarding of a prize.

7 Liability

Claims for damages with regard to ZFF 72 against the Organiser are – to the extent legally permissible – excluded, irrespective of legal grounds unless the Organiser deliberately or grossly neglects its statutory duties.

Furthermore, the Organiser is not liable for damages resulting from the lack of availability of the Internet sites necessary for the contest ( and This applies to technical faults outside the Organiser's field of influence, force majeure and attacks on these Internet sites by third parties. However, the Organiser will do everything in its power to ensure the reliability and functionality of the said Internet sites. Furthermore, the Organiser accepts no responsibility for any of the Internet sites working properly on any Participant’s computer.

8 Final provisions

Should a clause in these regulations be invalid or a legal loophole exist, the validity of the remaining clauses or the regulations as a whole remain unaffected. In the above-mentioned event, the missing or invalid clause shall be replaced by a valid clause that comes closest to the intended sense and purpose of the invalid or missing clause. The Organiser reserves the right to make decisions on all matters unforeseen by these regulations and, in special, vindicated cases, to make exceptions to these regulations.

Swiss law is solely applicable in the event of disputes. The place of jurisdiction is – to the extent legally permissible – agreed upon as where the Organiser is based. For participants whose place of general jurisdiction is not Switzerland, or reside abroad after entering the contest, the place of jurisdiction shall also be agreed upon as where the Organiser is based.

The laws of the Swiss Confederation apply. Any recourse to legal action is excluded.

(dated July, 25, 2018)