Prize money will be boosted at the 10th edition of the Zurich Film Festival.

The Zurich Film Festival is to reorganise its competition section for its 10th edition, which is set to run Sept 25 to Oct 5.

Instead of the previous four categories – International Feature, German-Language Feature, International Documentary and German-Language Documentary – ZFF’s competition will comprise three categories:

  • International Feature Film
  • International Documentary Film
  • Focus: Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

The Focus category will showcase feature films and documentaries from the three countries.

The Golden Eye award in each of the two main categories will be endowed with 25,000CHF ($28,000) with the winner of the Golden Eye in the Focus category receiving 20,000CHF ($22,000).

The winning film from each of the three categories will also receive an additional 100,000CHF ($112,000) worth of distribution support.

First, second or third directorial works are eligible for entry.

Last year’s winner of Best International Film was The Golden Cage (La Jaula De Oro) from Mexico’s Diego Quemada-Diez.

Swiss production focus

This year’s edition will build on the festival’s “Swiss Made” commitment with the introduction of a 10,000CHF ($11,000) prize awarded to a domestic first, second or third work.

A specially commissioned expert jury will choose a winner from all the productions in ZFF’s 2014 programme.