Zanzibar International Film Festival (0)


15 Oct 2017
Call for entries

15 Apr 2018
Festival closed

06 Jul 2018
Notification date

07 Jul 2018
15 Jul 2018


Ngome Kongwe , Mizingani Road,  P.O. BOX 3032, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Festival description
Short Films >3' 30'<
Feature Films >60' 130'<

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2016
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
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Festival start: 07 July 2018      Festival end: 15 July 2018

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is one of the largest multi-disciplinary art and cultural festival in Africa dedicated to films, music and different form of art.

Each year ZIFF exhibits films from Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, USA and Asia.

The 21th Edition of ZIFF will take place 7th -15th July, 2018 in Stone town, Zanzibar.

The theme of the Festival is Speak Up and Make it Heard - Sema na Usikike

The official prize list of ZIFF is as follows:

Best Feature film
Best Short film
Best Documentary
Best Feature from Dhow Countries
Best Short from Dhow Countries
Best Film from International
Best Animation
Best East African Film
Best TV Series
Best Web Series
Best TV Program

Films awarded by independent jury panel and judged by Independent Jury Panels.

- Chairperson’s or Bibi Kidude Award (from ZIFF Board)

- ZIFF Lifetime Achievement Award. (From ZIFF Board)

- Sembene Ousmane Prize: GIZ and ZIFF will award the SEMBENE OUSMANE PRIZE FOR DEVELOPMENT FILMS for the 3 best short films made by an African or an African in the Diaspora.

- Bongo Movies Awards: Popular culture films in Kiswahili

- Emerson of Zanzibar Prize Films: Films of all genres about Zanzibar, made by or made in Zanzibar.

- SIGNIS Awards (Best African Film and Best East African Talent Award) The SIGNIS Jury will present its Award to a film that is deemed to exemplify universal and spiritual values that enhance human dignity, justice and tolerance through the art of cinematic expression.

- EAFF Award (European African Film Festival

- BEST DOCUMENTARY by an AFRICAN female Filmmaker

.... more special awards can be added

1. The Zanzibar International Film Festival is currently accepting applications from filmmakers from around the world according to different categories of competition.

2. The priority is given to films from Africa and by Africans including African Diaspora.

3. The category INTERNATIONAL will award film from international movie panorama on African Issues and reality.

4. ZIFF is also the festival of the Dhow Countries so it opens to films from the region- South East Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, The Persian Gulf, Iran, Pakistan, and the Indian Ocean Islands. These films have their category and prizes in the competition

5. Films in competition must be directed or produced from 2016.

6. ZIFF also reserves the right to accept any films with a specific interest to the festival. We encourage filmmakers to submit works in any genre, features, documentaries, shorts, animation and music videos.

7. Deadline for submission is 15th March 2017.



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