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

Zurich Weekend – Bierfest, Alpabzug, Zuspa, Zurich Film Festival, Pink Ribbon Charity Walk, Rowing

Why not raise a glass and celebrate Oktoberfest Zurich style?  The Zurich Bierfest is on at Zurich Hauptbahnof until Saturday 13th October and normally proves to be a very popular event with plenty of beer, lots of live music and entertainment and a fun atmosphere.  It’s advisable to make reservations if you can but there are normally some seats availble if you’re passing by.  For more information and to make a booking click here.

The Zurich Film Festival continues and on Saturday evening the Awards Ceremony take place. Sunday is the last day and for information on the programme of events click here.

There is also an Alpabzug taking place on Saturday Engelberg from 10 – 12 at Viktoriagärtli and there will be a market there from 10 till 5pm..  For more information scroll down to see the previous posts or click here.

In Zurich between Rathaus and Quaibrucke there is a World Rowing Race taking place between 1pm and 5pm.  For more information click here.

Zuepsa also runs for two more days, finishing on Sunday so if you’ve still got more shopping or food and wine tasting you want to investigate do head on down there. For more info click here.

On Sunday the 5th annual Pink Ribbon Charity walk takes plan  at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich from 12 noon to 5pm. If you haven’t done so already you can register on the day at 12 noon.

Men, women and children are welcome to participate and for further information scroll down the NewInZurich Home page.

Photos: Zurich Wiese Oktoberfest & Pink Ribbon Charity Walk

Seen Helen Hunt at the Zurich Film Festival? Will you catch Richard Gere in Zurich today?

Did you see Helen Hunt in Zurich on Friday? Helen Hunt was the first female recipient of the “Golden Eye” Award at this year’s Zurich Film Festival on Friday before the Festival’s screening of her new film “The Sessions” at the film’s European premiere.

Today, Richard Gere will be receiving the Golden Eye this evening prior to the screening of his latest work ARBITRAGE. Susan Sarandon will be doing the laudation and there will be the opportunity for Autographs and photos at the Green Carpet this evening.

The Zürich Film Festival continues until the 30th September with the chance to view 70 new film premières many of which are also attended by well-known actors and directors. In addition there are lots of supporting events inviting you to discuss the films you have seen.

Information: Phone +41 0900 337 848 25


Photo credit:  Image courtesy of Zurich Film Festival

For more events happening in Zurich this weekend scroll down on our “Home” page

What a Weekend in Zurich!

So much to do in and around Zurich this weekend!

Here is a quick round up of things going on this Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September:

There is of course the Zurich Film Festival

Then there is the Opera House Open Day

The Freestyle.ch event at Landiwiese  – watch this video from last year to get a feel!

The Zuspa Shopping Fair in Oerlikon

The Procession of Cows down the mountain a little further afield in Flums

You can also get involved in Zurich Multi Mobile and even hire a video bike helmet and

make your own movie.

On Sunday there is the Slow Up from Meilen to Rapperswil and on to Schmerikon and if you cycle both directions you will have covered 56 km!

If the weather is off putting there is also the Local International Party at Holmes Place Jelmoli from 2pm – midnight. CHF 20 entry which includes 2 drinks and canapés .

Lots to do and let’s hope you can fit at least some of it  in. Certainly not a weekend to get bored!

Video: Youtube: fafagfreestyle

Photo: Freestyle.ch

It’s Zurich Film Festival Week – so why not make your own movie from a bike?

It’s Zurich Film Festival week (see post below for more info) so if you’re not watching one of the big screens why not shoot your own movie and perhaps even win a prize?
Photo of Velo Streifen - Go Pro campaign with Zuri rollt
Until 22nd September you can take your Ausweis along as a deposit to the «Zürich rollt» station at Pestalozziwiese and borrow a bike and helmet camera for 30mins to make your own movie of Zurich. By the evening you will be able to watch your own video of the city on Facebook. There will be a competition on Facebook and who knows if yours is voted best film you will be the competition winner!  Good luck!

8th Zurich Film Festival 20th – 30th September 2012

The 8th annual Zurich Film Festival is almost upon us! Starting on the 20th September until 30th September the festival is a great chance to see premieres, films you’ve been eagerly anticipating and lots of extra insights from the global film industry.The website is available here in English and one of our recommendations is the ZFF card which for a one-off payment of  CHF 29 allows you to see any regular film screening for a maximum price of CHF 14 per film. Holders of a kinokarte.ch, ArenaCard or the “Filmpodium’s GA or Half Card” can buy the ZFF card for CHF 24. There is also a special “Competitions Card” costing CHF 120 which allows you to see 10 of the films in the 4 competitions categories for free.

Click here to see the full programme of films on offer. Tickets can already be purchased online from either

  • www.zff.com (browse through the programme and click on ticket-links)
  • www.starticket.ch
  • or from any Starticket point of sale or from the Ticket Booth at Paradeplatz
  • From 17th September you can additionally purchase tickets from:
  • Ticket Booth at Sihl City (11.00 – beginning of last screening)
  • And from 20th September you can purchase from:
  • Festival Centre Sechseläutenplatz (11.00 – 21.30)
  • Ticket and Info tent next to Café / Bar Odeon
  • Arthouse Le Paris (13.00 – beginning of last screening)
  • Cinema Corso  (12.00 – beginning of the last screening)

Photos courtesy of ZFF.com