Submissions now open for ZIFF 2017


The Zanzibar Internationl Film Festival (ZIFF) 2017 will take place from 8 to 16 July 2017 under the theme ‘Finding Joy’. As the festival prepares to reach a major milestone, it’s 20th edition, and with a new festival director in place, ZIFF is truly rising.

Newly appointed festival director Fabrizio Colombo comments: “ZIFF has been the foundation of the careers of many filmmakers, artist and dreamers. The island of Zanzibar is a crossroads where arts, visions and stories of hope for the future meet. This small festival with courage has challenged culture, politics, society, religions with multiple themes but above all with cinema. And this always with one idea in mind… we all can make a better world. Cinema, the seventh art, is still making everyone capable to see and take part in the world journey today, to denounce evil and injustice to and human person, to empower audiences from all over the world to the conviction that we can change. In a world of terror and fear and discouragement ZIFF 2017 dare to boost joy and hope. Finding Joy/Kusikia Furaha is the theme of this special 20th edition of ZIFF. We do hope that the selection of this year will contribute to share happiness and hope as the goal for every human being. ZIFF once again will be the place where we celebrate cinema and art, and for those considered ‘left overs of society’, ZIFF will be their voice and eyes… Together we will find joy and hope for all.’

With the theme in mind, ZIFF is officially accepting submissions of films for entry into competition for 2017. All submission must be done through the ZIFF platform on the Festhome website.

Deadline for submission is 15 March 2017.

For submissions criteria and related information visit the ZIFF website.


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