Submissions are still open to filmmakers from around the world for entry into the official competition at the 20th anniversary edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) taking place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from 8 to 16 July 2017 with the theme “Finding Joy – Kusikia Furaha”.
Filmmakers are invited to submit works in any genre, including features, documentaries, shorts, animation and music videos that have been produced from 2015.
The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2017, and submissions can be made online here and by postal submission to: ZIFF, Ngome Kongwe (Note: this is the physical address) P.O. BOX 3032, ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA Tél: (255) 773 411 499 Email: [email protected] or [email protected] The synopsis, photographs, director’s bio-data and 2 DVDs should be included in the packet.
The submitted films will be to chosen to compete under five different jury categories at ZIFF 2017, namely: African Cinema (including the continent and the Diaspora); Dhow Countries (countries of the Indian Ocean Rim, the Arab Peninsular and the Indian Ocean Islands, including Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan); International (films from around the world that pay particular attention to African issues and realities); East African Film; and East African Music Video.
Speaking about the aim of the festival, the new festival director, Fabrizio Colombo said, “The island of Zanzibar is a crossroads where arts, visions and stories of hope for the future meet.
“In a world of terror and fear and discouragement, ZIFF 2017 dares to boost joy and hope. 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,” Colombo said.