... until registration closes

1 Theme - 72 Hours
1 Film - 72 Seconds

Take part in ZFF 72 and impress the online community and our jury with your film!
Win prizes totalling over CF 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 S10+ & TAB S5e LTE

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

And the three winning videos as well as the best rated videos will be shown at Wilmaa on the ZFF 72 Channel!

Produce a maximum 72 second film in just 72 hours! The theme will be announced on Friday, September 27 at 12.00 noon. The deadline for registration for the competition is Friday, 27.09.2019, 12 noon!

Workshop before ZFF 72 Topic announcement

Immediately before the announcement of the topic there will be another informative workshop where you can ask your questions! The workshop is aimed at the participants of this year's competition.

When: Friday, 27 September 2019, 10:00 - 12:00 hrs
Where: Festival Center of the Zurich Film Festival, Sechseläutenplatz, 8001 Zurich


Bojana Ilic
Changing Directions: What is my story really about? A workshop about establishing conflict, maximizing drama and other directors duties

Bardo Eicher
The 80/20 rule of the Audiopost. How to create a crisp soundtrack in just a few steps

Sandeep Abraham
Mobile Filming: What tools and programs do you need to produce a movie entirely on mobile devices?

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


Please register by 26 September 2019, 12 noon via the following link.


Our Jury 2019

Christoph Benz, Audio Engineer
Denise Bucher, Editor and Film Critic
Jontsch, Radio and TV Presenter, Entertainer
Ivana Kvesic, Director Schweizer Jugendfilmtage and Programmer Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
Nico Lypitkas, Lecturer and Head of BA Cast / Audiovisual Media, ZHdK


Our Mobile Filming Jury 2019

Sandeep Abraham, Director and DoP
Daniela Berther, Producer and Consultant
Flavio Gerber, Producer and Director


Are you looking for crewmembers? Have a look at our Talentpool !

Get inspiration from last year's contributions!

For example, this was our Jury Award winning film: "The Other Side of the Tracks" by Danay Gijzen.

This is the winning entry in the category "Mobile Fiming": "Ready Gamer One" by Valérie Catricalà

And that the Viewers Award winner, who received the most points in the online voting: "Umbral" by Alain Tomas Noguez Alfaro

​Important Dates

Thursday, September 15, 2019: Registration opens at zff72.com
Friday, September 27, 2019, 12 noon: Announcing of theme & start of 72h countdown
Monday, September 30, 2019, 12 noon: Film entry deadline
Monday, September 30, 2019, 18 evening: Start of online voting
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 18 evening: End of online voting
Friday, October 4, 2019: Announcement of winners and Award Ceremony 

About ZFF 72

What it's all about?

  • You have 72 hours to produce a film lasting no longer than 72 seconds.
  • The theme will be determined by the Zurich Film Festival.
  • Create an original film using your own unique handwriting.

How the films are rated?

  • Your film has 72 hours time to accumulate as many points as possible during online voting.
  • The film that receives the most points during online voting wins the Viewers Award.
  • A jury composed of professional filmmakers will select the winner of the Jury Award out of all submitted films.
  • ​The Mobile Filming Award will be given by a separate jury to the best film produced entirely with mobile devices.

For more information please see Regulations or FAQ