Zurich Film Festival Awards 2012 – Tom Tykwer, Heather Graham and more…

On Saturday night the Opera House was looking rather splendid as it was illuminated by coloured lights ready for the 8th Zurich Film Festival Awards ceremony. The green carpet was in place and the Zurich Film Festival directors Nadja Schildknecht, beautifully attired in an oyster full length dress, together with a very elegant Karl Spoerri, prepared to meet and greet the esteemed guests.

Zurich opera house illuminated, by night © NewInZurich

The four juries of the competition categories presented their awards to Great Britain, the USA and to Germany and Austria. The main award went to the British film BROKEN by Rufus Norris for the Internaltional Feature Film Award, and the other awards to THE IMPOSTER by Bart Layton (USA) for International Documentary Film, to AM HIMMEL DER TAG by Pola Beck (Germany) for German Language Feature Film and to DER PROZESS by Gerald Igor Hauzenberger (Austria) for German language Documentary Film.

Herbert Groenemayer, Zurich Film Festival 2012 © NewInZurich

Herbert Groenemayer

The Critics’ Award went to EL ULTIMO ELVIS by Armando Bo from Argentina and Christian Labhart’s Swiss documentary film APPASSIONATA won the Audience Award. Four out of the six winning films were debut works.

There were lots of glitzy frocks and dazzling smiles along the green carpet as the actors, judges, directors and Zurich’s glitterati made their way into the Opera House where the Awards Ceremony was taking place.

This year there were 7,000 more visitors to the Film Festival than last year with an attendance in total of over 58,000 visitors.

Heather Graham © NewInZurich

Heather Graham

Zurich Film Festival 2012 © NewInZurich

Nadja Schildknecht, Herbert Groenemeyer, Karl Spoerri

Tom Tykwer, Zurich Film Festival 2012

Tom Tykwer

Carlos Leal, Zurich Film Festival 2012 © NewInZurich

Carlos Leal

Dieter Meier, Zurich Film Festival 2012, © NewInZurich

Dieter Meier

Moritz Bleibtreu, Zurich Film Festival 2012 © NewInZurich

Moritz Bleibtreu

Jacqueline Schneider-Walcher, Zurich Film Festival 2012

Jacqueline Schneider-Walcher

Fiona Hefti, Zurich Film Festival 2012 © NewInZurich

Fiona Hefti

Susan Sarandon, Zurich Film Festival 2012 © NewInZurich

Susan Sarandon

Mareike Wegener, Zurich Film Festival 2012 © NewInZurich

Mareike Wegener

Richard Gere

Richard Gere














This year three new awards were introduced – a Golden Eye award for the best International film composer, one for actress Helen Hunt and a Lifetime Achievement award for American actor, John Travolta.

We hope you enjoyed the 8th Zurich Film Festival as much as we did and we look forward to seeing you at the 9th Zurich Film Festival next year on September 26th – October 6th 2013!

All photos © NewInZurich