Leading Zambian film production company and event organiser Vilole Images Productions is calling on local and international filmmakers to participate in the View Special Images Film Festival (VSIFF) 2012, by submitting documentaries, short films and full-length feature films.
The festival is scheduled to run from 2 to 10 March 2012 in Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia situated in the southern part of the country. The festival includes various activities such as movie screenings in the communities, forums and workshops.
VSIFF was founded in November 2010 with the aim of integrating women and women with disabilities in celebrating the abilities of / for women and women with disabilities through the art of film. The festival will also incorporate the commemoration of the international Women’s Day which falls on 8 March.
Filmmakers wishing to participate are required to have produced films of every genre under the theme, “I AM EVERY WOMAN – I am Confident, I Listen and Speak out and I embrace other women’. Films are required to have good production and entertainment values.
Submission of products should be on DVD PAL (16mm, 35 mm, HDV, Beta and DVD) with English commentary and / or English dialogue or in the original version with English subtitles. Uncompleted packages and late entries will not be accepted. Deadline for entry is 15 January, 2012.
Films to be entered for competition or out of competition should be produced within the last 10 years. The films will be adjudicated by juries selected by the festival organisers and the decision of the jury is final. All entries should be marked, “NCV-No Commercial Value – Film Festival Entry’, so that the organisers do not incur duties and taxes when the package is brought into Zambia.
The festival will conclude with a gala night and festivities.
Vilole Images Productions (VIP) is an Independent Production House that was legally registered in 2003 as a limited company by grantee to pursue a focused vision of contributing to the development of the Zambian Film Industry with a long term vision of creating a film and television school.
In 2006 VIP founded the International Film Festival of Zambia (IFFoZ) that was held in September along with Peace Day in Lusaka. The festival saw international filmmakers being in attendance. However, after the festival the guests desired to fly to Livingstone to see the Victoria Falls and other tourist sites. With such a background, VIP decided to move the film festival to Livingstone under the new name VSIFF, with a focus on appreciating and celebrating products for/by women and women with disabilities to promote integration of disability in the mainstream.
Vilole Images Production has chosen to embrace women with disabilities through the audio-visual images after noting how these women are left behind in most national and community development activities. This special film festival will be unique and continue to embrace gender, HIV and AIDS, disability, vulnerably kids/youths and the environment. Each year the festival will have a special theme, screen and award deserving films.
The aim of VSIFF is to provide a platform for skills and knowledge enhancement, development and promotion of the film and television industry through training workshops throughout the year and hosting of a film festival each year that will screen products with various themes that contribute towards social change and improve livelihoods.
The intention is to use the festival to build new relationships to enable producers to buy, sell and promote their products and exchange ideas/information on an international scale but in an African context. It is also an initiative to promote the use of video/film as a tool to highlight issues on women and women with disabilities, development and trade in film and television products in Africa, thus creating employment and contribute towards eradicating poverty.
During the festival, participants will visit the mighty Victoria Falls; go on a boat cruise, visit villages, game parks, walk with lions and other beautiful Zambian tourist sites alongside screenings, conferences and workshops.
For additional information you can contact:
Festival Coordinator (Godfrey Mambwe)
View Special Images Film Festival OR
C/o Bantu Pathfinders Limited Room 309 Third floor, old wing
P O Box 61041 Mosi O Tunya House
Mobile:+260 95 5 883 769/+260 96 8 492337/ +260 97 7 760827