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Open Call: we are accepting submissions from now until July 31, 2020.  

Please read the Application criteria and Application process carefully. Your application form will only be processed if it is filled out fully and correctly. 

Application criteria

Who can apply?

Your application for the ZFF Academy will only be considered if you fulfill the following criteria: 

  1. You currently work as a director, producer and/or screenwriter. 
  2. You have collaborated on at least one feature or documentary film or made, produced or written several short films or series that have screened at international film festivals.  
  3. You are fluent in English.
  4. You have fully and correctly completed and sent the online application form on or before July 31, 2020.
  5. Your application dossier is complete and has also been sent to daniela.engler@zff.com before the deadline.

Anybody, regardless of age, gender or country of origin, who fulfills the above criteria may apply to take part in the ZFF Academy.

Application procedure

How do I apply?

The application process takes place in two steps.

The first step is to create your application dossier – it is important to do this according to the requirements laid out below, and to make sure that it is complete. The second step is to fill out and send the online application form before sending your application dossier to daniela.engler@zff.com. All documents must be written in English. 

Application dossier

You will need to include a curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation and a sample of your work.

Curriculum vitae

We need an up-to-date CV including a filmography.

Letter of motivation

Your letter of motivation must be written in English and not exceed 2’000 characters (excl. spaces). In your letter of motivation, we want you to tell us why you feel now is the right time to participate, what stage you are at in your career and how the ZFF Academy would help you take the next step forward. Ask yourself the following questions: Why am I applying? Why do I think this is the perfect time to participate in the ZFF Academy? What stage am I at in my career? Where is my career heading and what are my short to medium term aims/plans? What fascinates me about film? What do I want to gain from participating in the ZFF Academy? Please be personal and don’t forget – we don’t want a book – we will only read 2’000 characters.         

Work sample 

The Zurich Film Festival guarantees that the work samples you send us will be used for the application process only. Please send us one work from your filmography that you consider best represents you. 

For directors and producers: Please send us a Vimeo-Link or via WeTransfer a complete film that you have directed or worked on as a producer. If the original language of the film is not English or German, then it must have English subtitles.

For screenwriters: If you apply as a screenwriter, please send us a completed screenplay as your work sample. The screenplay does not have to have been filmed, but if it has, please also send us a copy of the film in addition to the screenplay. Please contact us if your screenplay is not written in English.

You will find the answers to frequently asked questions under FAQ.