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Zurich Film Festival

Hello all -

Wondering if anyone has experience with the Zurich Film Festival ... i.e. has attended in years past, has been (is) involved with producing/organizing, etc...

I ran a small film festival in the states and wanted to get involved now that I am here. Sent a note to them and applied for industry accreditation, but have not heard anything - am still planning on getting a festival pass and attending, just wanted to get any scoop - if there is any - before I dive in.

Thanks in advance for any 'news'
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Old 16.09.2008, 19:34
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Re: Zurich Film Festival

This Festival Sucks. It's a schmooze-fest to appeal to sponsors and self-idolising poseurs.

There are more film festivals around the globe than films released each year.

Avoid.

(...and I love film)
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Re: Zurich Film Festival

Uncle Max -

Thank you v. much for the insight and candid comments.

You're right - many, many of the world's film festivals are all about the parties and less about the films and filmmakers - that's why we had a (tongue in cheek) slogan at our festival "more film, less fun".

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And to add insult to injury, the gossip* last year was the main female organiser is a house-breaker.

And Credit Suisse are still sponsoring it this year! Transparency International! Where are you???

(I'll allow you to make your own conclusions as to which CS fat-cat was netted...)

*Wouldn't want a lawsuit against the Forum by naming names, so, er, it's alleged she's a house breaker, ho ho

Also, the Basel Women's Open tennis event is sponsored by Hyundai. Audi sponsor the ZFF, for heaven's sake...


Edit: Er, I mean home-wrecker; not a burglar...
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Re: Zurich Film Festival

Ooooooh - I love the (alleged) dirt ...

Looks like I will be attending at least some of the festivities as I just received my industry accreditation for the festival.

I promise to keep ears and eyes out for this year's 'fun', though I tend to focus on watching film then going home to read rather than going to the parties ... (it's a known fact in festival circles that the only ones who go to the parties anyway are the publicists, assistants and star f**kers - the 'talent' is home in bed ... for the most part)
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Ooooooh - I love the (alleged) dirt ...

Looks like I will be attending at least some of the festivities as I just received my industry accreditation for the festival.

I promise to keep ears and eyes out for this year's 'fun', though I tend to focus on watching film then going home to read rather than going to the parties ... (it's a known fact in festival circles that the only ones who go to the parties anyway are the publicists, assistants and star f**kers - the 'talent' is home in bed ... for the most part)
Well, having been called a Star f*gger myself, I'd be happy to join as your Admit 1 Guest and say Ta-Ta as you go home early. Although I despise the poseurs, their canapes are tasty, tasty, very very tasty, etc
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Old 24.09.2009, 18:02
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Re: Zurich Film Festival

The vitriol for this Festival is somewhat diluted this year by the inclusion of some rather good documentaries.

Here's the listings

Redemption should never be denied, especially when The Damned United is being shown tomorrow evening:

"Full of black humour, this football drama based on one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of English football, is set in the 70s and tells the controversial story of Brian Clough’s 44 days as manager of the first division football club Leeds United. Clough’s bitter rival Don Revie was credited with creating a top-performing team, which embodied a new and aggressive style of play. Not surprising then that the young and brilliantly charismatic trainer Clough saw this as a thorn in his eye. Implementing his own vision, he himself was on the road to success with Hartlepool and Derby County and was faced with a gruelling task when he began his time with Leeds United together with his right-hand man Peter Taylor."
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The vitriol for this Festival is somewhat diluted this year by the inclusion of some rather good documentaries.

Here's the listings

Redemption should never be denied, especially when The Damned United is being shown tomorrow evening:

"Full of black humour, this football drama based on one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of English football, is set in the 70s and tells the controversial story of Brian Clough’s 44 days as manager of the first division football club Leeds United. Clough’s bitter rival Don Revie was credited with creating a top-performing team, which embodied a new and aggressive style of play. Not surprising then that the young and brilliantly charismatic trainer Clough saw this as a thorn in his eye. Implementing his own vision, he himself was on the road to success with Hartlepool and Derby County and was faced with a gruelling task when he began his time with Leeds United together with his right-hand man Peter Taylor."
I read the book last year and raved about it on one of the best read threads here. The book is less about Leeds and more about Clough and his personality and drink problems. It's very well written using flash backs to his initial great success with Deby contrasting with his problems to repeat it with the then stars at Elland Road.

I heard the film though concentrates more on just the stint at Leeds, unfortunately I can't get into town to see it but hope to see the DVD soon, from the trailer it looks like a winner.

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Re: Zurich Film Festival

Anyone else think the Fesitval is quiet? Was at an "official venue" last night and no-one around. Or is it just fun as in "Swiss fun"?
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Old 25.09.2009, 12:05
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Re: Zurich Film Festival

The plebs amongst us don't get the invites to the villas on the Züriberg / Herrliberg, but have to make do with the likes of Seefeld Razzia and Tibits entertaining the masses.

It may be about film, but it's also about sponsorship schmoozing <yawn>
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Re: Zurich Film Festival

I just stopped by the Parnassus permiere yesterday (huge Gilliam fan!), got a ticket for close to nothing, got to meet Terry and chat with him for a while without any security pressure and after the movie got a free drink.
Very impressed with the experience in contrast to TIFF--which is a bit of a circus for average movie-fanatic.
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I just stopped by the Parnassus permiere yesterday (huge Gilliam fan!), got a ticket for close to nothing, got to meet Terry and chat with him for a while without any security pressure and after the movie got a free drink.
Very impressed with the experience in contrast to TIFF--which is a bit of a circus for average movie-fanatic.
Enough of the schmoozing: how was the film?
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Re: Zurich Film Festival

How was the film?

Personally I thought it was amazing! Quite the trip.

Genuine Gilliam flick--so maybe a bit weird for the average movie goer.

Maybe I'm biased being a fan, but the shots and visuals were amazing, the script was amusing and well written. And the story was fun to follow too.

I'd suggest it to anyone, if you his other movies--this one is a must!
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I just stopped by the Parnassus permiere yesterday (huge Gilliam fan!), got a ticket for close to nothing, got to meet Terry and chat with him for a while without any security pressure and after the movie got a free drink.
Very impressed with the experience in contrast to TIFF--which is a bit of a circus for average movie-fanatic.
Very nice! I always attended the VIFF to catch ~10 films. Very sad I didn't get my act together for the Zurich one this year.
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Re: Zurich Film Festival

I went to the Argentian shorts. Had quite a few gone ones (and a few bad ones!).

I really liked the East End film festival in London. A bit grittier and less glam.
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