Others to take part in on-stage discussions include Susanne Bier, Frederick Wiseman, Michael Ballhaus and Ulrich Seidl. Also, Nightcrawler will receive its European premiere at Zurich.

Movie music maestro Hans Zimmer is to take part in the ZFF Masters series at the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5).

The composer of scores for films including Rain Man, The Lion King, Gladiator and Inception will offer insight into his creative process in the chaired discussion that will include a public Q&A at the Filmpodium.

Others signed up for the ZFF Masters include documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman and Danish screenwriter and director Susanne Bier, who won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film in 2010 with In A Better World and is currently touring festivals with A Second Chance and Serena.

Zurich audiences will also be invited to attend masterclasses with veteran cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (The Departed, Goodfellas) and Ulrich Seidl, the Austrian filmmaker behind the recent Paradise trilogy and documentary In the Basement (Im Keller), which premiered at Venice last month.

Separately, crime thriller Nightcrawler will receive its European premiere at Zurich, fresh from its world premiere at Toronto.

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton, and centres on a young man who stumbles upon the underground world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles.

Russo will present the Center Gala Screening in Zurich with director Dan Gilroy on Sept 30.

The film is produced by Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster and Michel Litvak.  Betsy Danbury and Gary Michael are executive producers.