Zurich Film Festival Changes Competition Section

LONDON — The Zurich Film Festival has rearranged its competition section and increased the prize money for its 10th anniversary edition.

The competition section will now comprise three categories: International Feature Film, International Documentary Film, and Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria.

Previously there were four competition categories: International Feature, German-Language Feature, International Documentary and German-Language Documentary.

Each of the Golden Eyes awarded in the International Feature Film and International Documentary Film categories will come with 25,000 Swiss francs ($28,100). The Golden Eye in the Focus category will come with 20,000 Swiss francs ($22,500). The winning film from each of the three categories also receives an additional 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000) worth of distribution support.

ZFF ups its commitment to Swiss films by offering an additional 10,000 Swiss franc ($11,200) prize for a local pic in ZFF’s program.

Guests last year included Hugh Jackman, Marc Forster, Stephen Frears, James Gray, Alfonso Cuaron, Harvey Weinstein, Michael Haneke, James McAvoy and Melissa Leo.

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