Take part in ZFF 72 and impress the online community with your film!
Produce a film lasting no longer than 72 seconds in only 72 hours and grab your chance to win prizes totalling over CHF 10'000.

Jury Award: CHF 5'000 and an audio post production provided by Jingle Jungle Tonstudios
Viewers Award: CHF 4'000 
Mobile Filming Award: Samsung Galaxy S20

How does it work?

The registration is open under My ZFF. Register yourself and your crew for this year's competition. The registration ends on September 25 at 12 p.m. (CET).

Immediately after the ZFF 72 workshop on September 25th in the festival center, we will announce this year's topic of ZFF 72 (physically in the festival center and online (Facebook, Instagram, newsletter) at 12 noon (CET). From this point on you have exactly 72 hours to free your creativity.

Your film should not last longer than 72 seconds. The film's title should be named different as year's topic. Check out all further informations in our regulations.

The film submission deadline is September 28th at 12 noon (CET). Films submitted later cannot be considered.

From this point on, all submitted films will be screened in advance to ensure that they comply with the regulations.


How is your film rated?

The ZFF 72 is divided into three award categories:

Jury Award

Our jury decides on the winning film of our main prize and this year's top ten. The award-winning film will be screened at the Zurich Film Festival's Award Night in the Opera House.

Viewers Award

The online voting will start on our website on September 28th at 6 p.m. (CET). After registering you are able to vote for your favorites. The online voting ends 72 hours later on October 1st at 6 p.m. (CET).

Mobile Filming Award

Our Mobile Award Jury decides on the winning film of our Mobile Filming Award.

More information under regulations


Important Dates

You can register for ZFF 72 until the theme is announced at noon on September 25, 2020.

Friday, September 25, 2020, 12 noon (CET): announcing of theme and start ZFF 72 Film Contest
Monday, September 28, 2020, 12 noon (CET): film entry deadline
Monday, September 28, 2020, 6 pm (CET): start online voting
Thursday, October 1, 2020, 6 pm (CET): end online voting
Thursday, October 1, 2020, 7 pm (CET): announcing of 72 finalists, jury decides on Jury Award winner
Friday, October 2, 2020, 8:30 pm (CET), Doors open 7:30 pm: ZFF 72 Award Ceremony and Get Together


Do you have any questions or suggestions? Contact us!


Jonas Kappner
Project Manager ZFF 72
Bederstrasse 51
CH-8002 Zürich