The 16th Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) will bring you the 16th edition of Festival of Dhow is scheduled to start from June 29 to July 7. We welcome you to the festival, to share with us in these nine days of film and entertainment, with the belief that this rare opportunity will be yet another chance to grow and promote this Festival of Dhow Culture. The intention is to see how the festival is able to bring change, because as you may be aware ZIFF has been instrumental in creating employment, developing cultural art talents and promoting film-making in Tanzania.
With ardent support of our partners ZUKU for the second year now, ZUKU added more mileage in reaching the huge number of filmmakers in Africa. ZUKU has been ZIFF’s ambassador in East Africa and the rest of Africa, as ZUKU remains our main sponsor for the next 8years we are expecting to reach more filmmakers in Africa.

ZIFF 2013
1. ZIFF Films 2013:
We are happy to announce the advent of more than 35 film directors with films in the competition who have confirmed their presence at this Festival of Dhow Culture. Over 250 Films were submitted this year and only 80 films were selected to contest the numerous awards offered at the festival.  The Awards includes 4 international juries in attendance. The ZIFF Jury awards which award Golden Dhow to the Best Feature Film, SIGNIS Award (World Catholic Association for Communication), the Sembene Award, Jury will award the Ousmane Sembene Films for Development Award, Verona Award which is awarded to the Best East African Feature Film and also ZUKU seeks to reward the best film created by African Directors, in African Location and with African Actors and Actresses. The award rewards creativity in telling African stories and exceptional new talent in film directing and acting in Africa.   

Our very special Chief Guest is Ms Tonya Lee Williams, Emmy nominee and star in Daytime Dramas like The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless. The guest will also conduct acting for the camera workshops at the festival.

The Opening film this year will be “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by the renowned director Mira Nair a founder of Maisha Film Lab, will attend the opening ceremony as our Special Guest. The film was filmed in USA, Sweden and India, which opened early this month and it will be an African Premiere at ZIFF.

2. ZIFF 2013 Entertainment line-up

The musical line-up includes Mrisho Mpoto and Mjomba Band, Skylight Band, Linah, Fid Q, Barnaba, Jhikoman, Baby J, Synerg, Swahili vibes, Safi theatre, Tongwa Assembly, Mkubwa na Wanawe (Said Fela), Shiwe from Comoro and other to be announced soon.

Unlike previous years, the Children Panorama 2013 will involve children from the three East African countries, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. The Children Film Panorama will provide an opportunity for films specifically made for children and some made by children to be shown during the festival. Through the showing of these films about 1500 Primary and Secondary schools students in Zanzibar will be reached. There will also be a special Workshop on Animation. Three international trainers from Egypt, Australia and Tanzania will collaborate to train 20 students in 3 different stop motion animation skills. The workshop is being sponsored by the Zanzibar Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and ZIFF.

This year’s Village Panorama will take place in 10 villages in Unguja and 3 Villages in Pemba. As usual various health related workshops will be conducted and each evening Swahili films will be shown at the various venues in the villages.

In collaboration with the New Jersey College from the US, ZIFF will conduct a Workshop on women and safe motherhood. Women will be trained in the use of media to communicate amongst community members about maternal health. The workshop will be undertaken in Nungwi. There will be a Workshop on sexual harassment.

There will be an exhibition of different presentations of works of art and creative crafts, made in Tanzania, during the festival. These stalls will provide an opportunity for people to buy and sell handicrafts and forming business networks. In order to encourage film business in East Africa, there will be a special pavilion where ZUKU will buy films from local producers and filmmakers.

The traditional ZIFF Dhow race will have 10 groups participating in the competition where the winner will receive a cash prize of Tshs 200,000. Second and Third Place will win 150,000 and 100,000 respectively. 7 companies have already sponsored dhows that will display their logos for branding purposes.

8. Workshops
This year ZIFF will feature an increased number of film workshops in response to regional filmmakers’ requests for more training. The following workshops have been publicised for some time now.
• Children - Animation
• Acting for Camera
• Arts Journalism
• Script writing
• Film Production
• Critical Journalism
Participants are encouraged to send in their applications to attend the workshops. Dates for the workshops will be publicised soon.

9. Bongo Movie Symposium - June 28 to June 30
There will be a special "Bongo Movie Symposium" conducted by Murdoch University on 3rd-4th July. Tanzanian and overseas-based researchers will meet to discuss chapters for a forthcoming book on Bongo movies to be edited by Prof Martin Mhando.

10. FASHION SHOW - June 29
In the field of fashion the 16th ZIFF will have a special display of Fashion Designs by Mustafa Hassanali, Farouque Abdella and Javed Jafferji on 29 June. This is part of the Swahili Fashion Week which coincides with ZIFF 2013.

11. FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS - June 30 to July 6
This program is an opportunity for trade and culture promotion in during the festival. Festivals from Iran, Australia, ZUKU, South Africa and TANAPA will be presented every day from 2pm to 5pm at Maru Maru Hotel.

12. SWAHILI DAY - July 5
As usual the last Friday of ZIFF is the Swahili and Family day at ZIFF. 14 Bongo movies will be shown all day in all the film viewing venues across the island. This special day has been set aside to promote Tanzanian films, further showing ZIFF’s commitment to honouring the work of Tanzania film artists.

13. AWARDS NIGHT - July 6
• Awards will be given to various winners from the 70 films competing the 16th ZIFF

14. END OF FESTIVAL - July 7

16. Our sponsors
·         Zuku –Event Sponsor
·         Azam Marine
·         Ethiopian Airways
·         Prime Time Promotions
·         GIZ -German International Cooperation Agency
·         Goethe Institute
·         Tanzania Media Fund
·         Murdoch University of Western Australia
·         Zanzibar Beach Hotel
·         Zanzibar Connection
·         Zanlink
·         Grand Palace Hotel
·         Maru Maru Hotel
·         Wavuvi Restaurant
·         WIOMSA
·         PSI
·         UNFPA
·         Visual Media Institute - Iran
 We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the governments of Zanzibar and of United Republic of Tanzania. 

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