Launched in 2005, the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) is a mere infant
compared to Venice, the oldest film festival in the world, and Cannes,
Yet, in the short time that it has been operating
in Switzerland’s largest metropolis, the ZFF has grown rapidly in size
and reputation and now attracts some of the world’s most exciting new
and established filmmaking talent.
Possibly because Switzerland
has fared better than most European countries during the economic
downturn (it has remained outside the eurozone), the budget for this
year’s event has been increased, said ZFF’s co-director Nadja
Schildknecht, allowing the organiser to scale up the cinematic
programme, develop the content, invite a larger number of guests and
schedule more industry events.
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