Festival

The Arab Film Festival Zurich is a non-commercial film festival organised by the International Arab Film Festival Zurich IAFFZ and the Filmpodium of the City of Zurich every second year. The next festival will take place in Fall of 2020. The festival is now open for film submissions.

IAFFZ
Filmpodium

The focus is on films by Arab filmmakers that could not find their way to “commercial” cinema. The program includes short and full-length feature, documentary, animation and experimental films exploring social, cultural and political issues. Discussions with the invited filmmakers also offer the audience the opportunity to discuss films and topics further.

The Arab Film Festival Zurich is a place of encounters and dialogue between cultures. Through its internationally understandable language, film serves as a means of communication and understanding, and so the festival should make a contribution to a differentiated analysis of the Arab cultural area beyond media coverage.

The first edition of the festival in 2012 was well received by the audience and the media. Every two years, the Arab Film Festival Zurich presents a representative selection of outstanding current international films from various Arab countries.

The festival team consists of honorary board members of the association IAFFZ and the management team of the Filmpodium as well as volunteers who share a great interest in film and in the Arab culture. The program is compiled by Aida Schläpfer Al-Hassani (filmmaker, director and president of the association IAFFZ) and Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier and Michel Bodmer (director of the filmpodium).

Management

Aida

Festival Codirector, IAFFZ President

Corinne

Festival Codirector, Filmpodium Zürich Director

Michel

Festival Codirector, Deputy Director Filmpodium Zürich

Sponsoring & Fundraising

Monica

Sponsoring

Media & Social Media

Fausto

Italian media work & social media

Vice President Association, Media Officer, Website, Social Media

Program Delegates

Alice

Deputy Head of Program Delegation

Fabien

Head of Festival Program Delegation

Kamel

Program Delegate

Lili

Program Delegate

Rachida

Program Delegate

Website

David
David Schläpfer

Technical Consultant

Vice President Association, Media Officer, Website, Social Media

Sami

Website Development and Maintenance

Volunteer- & Guest-Management / Documentation

Sine

Legal, Organisation, Volunteer Management

Other Tasks

Ahmed

Festival consultant

Amal

Festival consultant

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Filmpodium Secretary

Cora

English/German Translation

Martin

Accounting, Cashier

Sandro

Festival Consultant