Zurich Film Festival Awards Night 2013

Zurich Opernhaus ZFF Awards

 ZFF Awards Night at the Opera House Photo © NewInZurich

Zurich Film Festival concluded on Sunday 6th October after a fantastic 11 days of films and a record-breaking attendance of 71,000 visitors up from 58,000 the previous year. The Award Ceremony took place on Saturday evening at the Zurich Opera House. The beautiful building was bathed in purple light and the actors, directors, producers and film makers dressed up in their finery as they flocked into the opera house building for the champagne reception followed by the ceremony itself.

Zurich Film Festival 2013 © NewInZurich.com

 ZFF Awards Night Reception at the Opera House Photo © NewInZurich

The juries presented the Golden Eye trophies to Mexico for the film LA JAULA DE ORO by Diego Quemada-Diez in the International Feature Film category, to Denmark for the film LEJ EN FAMILIE A/S (RENT A FAMILY INC) by Kaspar Astrup Schroederin for the International Documentary Film category, to the film FINSTERWORLD by Frauke Finsterwalder in the German-Language Feature Film and to Switzerland for the film NEULAND by Anna Thommen in the German-Language Documentary Film category.

Chirstian Zingg and Anna Thommen at ZFF Awards © NewinZurich.com

Christian Zingg and Anna Thommen with the Golden Eye award for “Neuland” Photo © NewinZurich

As well as receiving the Golden Eye award the winners also received a CHF 20,000 cash prize, together with a budget for CHF 60,000 to promote their films in Swiss cinemas.

Finsterworld also won the Critics Choice Award, the Audience Award was awarded to the film JOURNEY TO JAH by Noël Dernesch and Moritz Springer from Germany and the Children’s Film Audience Award was won by the film BELIEVE by British director David Scheinmann.

Martina Gedeck Zurich Film Festival 2013 © NewInZurich.com

Martina Gedeck actor Photo © NewInZurich

Marc Foster Zurich Film Festival 2013 © NewInZurich.com

Marc Foster ZFF jury member Photo © NewInZurich

 Fiona Hefti ZFF Awards Night Photo © NewInZurich

Fiona Hefti Photo © NewInZurich

Bella Heathcote actor ZFF Awards Night Photo © NewInZurich

Bella Heathcote actor ZFF Awards Night Photo © NewInZurich

Veronica Ferres actor ZFF Awards Night Photo © NewInZurich

Veronica Ferres (centre) president of the German-speaking film jury Photo © NewInZurich

Nadja Schildknecht, Michael Haneke ZFF Awards Night Photo © NewInZurich

Nadja Schildknecht, Karl Spoerri and Michael Haneke and his wife at ZFF Awards Photo © NewInZurich

To see the video of the Awards ceremony see here:

The next Zurich Film Festival will take place in September 2014 – hope to see you there!

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