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Zanzibar International Film Festival Call For African Diaspora Entries; No Entry Fee

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 14, 2013 11:01 AM
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The Zanzibar International Film Festival is the largest multi-disciplinary art and cultural festival in Africa dedicated to the exhibition of films, music, Panorama and more. Each year ZIFF exhibits more than 150 films made in Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, USA and Asia.

The 16th Annual ZIFF will take place June 29th to July 7th 2013 in Stone town, Zanzibar.

The theme of the Festival is "Global Images Meet in Zanzibar."

The festival also offers a number of Workshops, Forums and Exhibitions featuring the world known artists, scholars, researchers and authors.

ZIFF also offers a meeting and networking space for young and upcoming filmmakers to interact with experienced and renowned film and media professionals from every continent.


The Zanzibar International Film Festival is currently accepting applications for all African films (including African Diaspora) and films from the Dhow Countries’ region- South East Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, The Persian Gulf, Iran, Pakistan, and the Indian Ocean Islands. Films must be directed by an African or from a Dhow country and produced after 2009.

Films reflecting the theme of global cultural interaction, cultural encounter or sociocultural commentary will be given priority and filmmakers are encouraged to submit works in any genre, in features, documentaries, short films, animation and music videos.

The fest will also accept submissions of works in progress; however, films must be completed no later than May 15, 2013.

This is a competitive festival, so awards are given in categories like: Best Feature films, Documentary, Short/Animation, East African Films.

The festival official film selection includes the following sections:

Official competition: This section is reserved for feature and short films, fictional or documentary films shot on film or DV, by African AND Dhow Country directors.

Documentary section: This Section is Open to all countries in all formats and genres.

Films on Development: This section is open to video films by African directors, African Diaspora AND partner producers.

With the exception of Lifetime Achievement Award, all films are judged by an independent jury panel.

By the way, there is no entry fee. For all the submission details, click HERE.

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  • Ashok Thapa | August 17, 2013 5:35 AMReply

    It`s me Ashok Thapa director/producer of Buried in Tears and The Korean Dream from Nepal. I think it need to be selected for the festival because this documentary can contribute a lot in the subject matter of "Migrant worker`s human rights" and can spread awareness throughout the world by the help of this film festival.

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