Zanzibar International Film Festival (25)


09 Apr 2021
Call for entries

15 May 2021
Festival closed

15 Jun 2021
Notification date

21 Jul 2021
25 Jul 2021


Mizingani,  7100, Zanzibar, Magharibi, Tanzania

Festival description
Short film festival >5' 20'<
Feature film festival >60' 120'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 March 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >5' 20'<
 Feature Films  >60' 120'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 21 July 2021      Festival end: 25 July 2021

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, India and the Indian Ocean Islands. ZIFF reserves the right to accept any films with a specific interest to the festival.

• The ZIFF Jury will offer the Dhow Awards in the following Categories:

Feature films, Documentary, Zanzibar Films, Short/Animation, East African Films Bongo Movies

• The ZIFF Board will offer the following Awards:

Chairperson’s Award, Life Achievement Award

• The SIGNIS Jury will present its Award to a film that is deemed to exemplify universal and spiritual values that enhance human dignity, justice and tolerance through the artistic application of cinematic expression.

• THE European African Film Festivals AWARD: Awarded to a film deemed the best African film in competition.

Films should preferably depict the Festival theme; Sharing Our Heritage which conveys the idea of merging concerns in a global village, cultural encounters, engagement and exchange. Films reflecting the theme of global cultural interaction, cultural encounters or sociocultural commentary will be given priority.

The main competition (the Golden Dhow and Silver Dhow) is only for filmmakers from the Dhow countries. These include Countries of the Indian Ocean Rim and Indian Ocean Islands, including Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan and India; All African countries.



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