ZIFF launches new chapter in african film - celebrating 20 years
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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:21

The Zanzibar International Film Festival officially launched today in Dar es Salaam with a host of exciting announcements including the final programme of special events.

ZIFF in 2017 is celebrating 20 years of cinema with a full programme of film screenings across Stone Town, a host of workshops and forums, as well as special events and exhibitions. The support for this year’s ZIFF has surpassed previous years with many new partners joining some of ZIFF’s long time supporters such as ZanLink, who are once again the opening and closing ceremonies, ComNet who are continuing with their support of the annual Dhow Race, Azam Marine, GIZ, Double Tree Hilton and Ethiopian Airlines.

Some of ZIFF’s newest partners include technology platform mahala.tv that is sponsoring ZIFF’s first ever content market, SOKO FILAM, taking place from 12-14 July 2017 at the Park Hyatt in Stone Town. The event will see over 100 delegates doing business and attending panel discussions and master classes. All African film industry professionals are invited to register HERE to attend for free.

The US Embassy in Tanzania has also come on board to sponsor a series of workshops, as has the Milele Zanzibar Foundation.

The Foundation ACRA, an Italian non-governmental organization working to eradicate poverty will also be sponsoring a host of events in Forodhani Gardens as part of their project to support the long term sustainability of Stone Town’s cultural heritage.

Various media partners such as Trace Mziki, who are the sponsors of the first annual ZIFF East African Music Video Award, CloudsTV, African Film Channel, Omenka magazine, DarLife, and Zanzibar24 will be spreading the word far and wide.

This year for the first time ZIFF is also able to offer a cash prize for its coveted Golden Dhow award thanks to a sponsorship from Showmax who will be attending the event to show their commitment to the best in African Film.

Additional categories to be awarded include:

Best Feature film presented by Showmax
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


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 3 best short films made by an African or an African in the Diaspora.
Film School Award
Bongo Movies Awards: Popular culture films in Kiswahili
Trace Mziki Best Video Award: To East African Best Video
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
ADIAHA Award - BEST DOCUMENTARY by an AFRICAN female Filmmaker

ZIFF will be awarding a host of awards this year with jurors from around the world.

Barbara Brugmans (Belgium)
Issa Serge Coelo (Chad)
Ngabo Leonce (Burundi)
Firdoze Bubulla (South Africa)
Iman Imani (Tanzania)

Justine Atkinson (UK)
Lizelle Bischoff (UK)
Barbara Brugmans (Belgium)

Ella Adinda (Kenya)
Andrew Kaufa (Malawi)
Antonio Urrata (Italy)
Sembene Ousmane
Bernd Multhaup (Germany/Tanzania)
Issa Serge Coelo
Faith Isiakpere (South Africa)
Ngabo Leonce

Film School Jury
Joel Karekezi (Rwanda)
Justine Atkinson (UK)

Best African video Music award
Trace Jury

ADIAHA Award - BEST DOCUMENTARY by an AFRICAN female Filmmaker
Ella Adinda (Kenya)
Lizelle Bischoff (UK)
Barbara Brugmans (Belgium)

Emerson of Zanzibar Prize
Helen Peeks
Lisenka Beetstra
Naima Zubeir

The first annual ZIFF Film School Competition and programme also promises to be a huge success with over 70 young film students traveling from all over East Africa to attend two days of screenings and workshops.

ZIFF also encourages guests to take advantage of special accommodation rates at our partner hotels that include.

As usual, a host of special events will also take place throughout the 9 days of the festival.


8 July 2017 Parade / Marching: Mapinduzi Tower to Old Fort/Forodhani Garden
Opening Ceremony at Old Fort Amphitheatre – sponsored by Zanlink
10 July 2017 Dhow Race in Nungwi Beach
11 July 2017 Dhow Race in Stone Town – Tembo/Serena Hotel Beach Sponsored by ComNet

8 -16 July 2017 CEFA Exhibition – Venue: Marumaru Hotel
8 & 12 July 2017 White Potion Photo Exhibition – Venue: Old Fort

9 – 10 July 2017 2nd China-Africa Film and TV Cooperation Forum
09h00 – 17h30 Venue: Marumaru Hotel – Hall 1

12 July 2017 Difficult Dialogue: Zanzibar Historical Heritage of Dialogue and Peace and the Challenges of Radicalization/Historia ya Urithi na Amani Zanzibar na mazungumzo bayana ya changamoto za siasa za kichochezi.
16h00 -18h00 Venue: Forodhani Gardens

12 – 14 July 2017 SOKO FILAM Film and TV Content Market. Sponsored by mahala.tv Exhibition at Hyatt Hotel and Panel Discussions at Maru Maru. See website for details: http://www.ziff.or.tz/soko-filam/

11 July 2017 Cinema and Spirituality by Signis
09h00 – 17h00 Venue: Marumaru Hotel - Hall 1

13 July 2017 African Cinema Business Summit: AFRICAN CINEMA - A new direction to global wealth in collaboration with AFC.
09h00 – 17h00 Venue: Tausi Hotel

9th July, 2017 10:00 – 13:00 Film Schools
10th July, 2017 10:00 – 13:00 Film Schools
11th July, 2017 10:00 – 13:00 Italian Embassy, Dar es Salaam
12th July, 2017 10:00 – 13:00 US Embassy, Dar es Salaam
13th July, 2017 10:00 – 13:00 Israel Embassy, Nairobi
14th July, 2017 10:00 – 18:00 SWAHILI DAY
15th July, 2017 10:00 – 13:00 Iranian Cultural Centre
16th July, 2017 10:00 – 13:00 Milele Zanzibar Foundation

8th July, 2017 Opening Ceremony Matching
9th July, 2017 ACRA Music
10th July, 2017 ACRA Music/Theatre Performance
11th July, 2017 ACRA Music/Theatre Performance
12th July, 2017 Juliana Theatre Play/DCMA
13th July, 2017 DCMA
14th July, 2017 DCMA
15th July, 2017 DCMA

For all of the film schedules and more event information make sure to visit the ZIFF website.

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