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Zanzibar International Film Festival

July 18-26, 2015

Zanzibar, East Africa

What’s It All about?

In its 18th year, the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is East Africa’s largest film, music and arts festival that brings new talents together from all over the world. The fest is known to feature some of the most captivating and cutting-edge films from Africa, which are screened at venues across the island. Though ZIFF premieres films from all over the world, priority is given to films from Africa and The Dhow Countries (countries of the Indian Ocean coast such as Iran, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan).

From world premieres to local shorts, the theme of the festival is also a key criteria for selection of the films. The 2015 theme of Waves And Vision of Hope is said to be the call for deeper introspection and collaboration. The nine-day festival also encompasses various competitions and workshops.

This year, ZIFF will feature a line-up of 25 feature films, 44 shorts and 27 documentaries from over 30 countries along with a number of musical acts and workshops. This was also the first time the festival accepted submissions from online portals, bring its total to 419 submissions.

Watch Out For

Opening Night Film


The Academy Award and Golden Globe award-winning film is based on the true events of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King Jr and John Lewis. The film stars, actors David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo and rapper/actor Common. The film is directed by Ava DuVernay and is produced by Oprah Winfrey, Christian Colson, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Feature Films

Munnariyippu/The Deadline (India)

Algun lugar/On the Road Somewhere (Dominican Republic)

Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots (Kenya)

Diamond Tongues (Canada)

El mal trato/Maltreatment (Chile)

Fievres/Fevers (France)

Habibie and Ainun (Indonesia)

Jongo Love (Kenya)

Short Films

Jaya (India)

92 Dreamin’ (Animation – United States)

A Coeur Ouvert (France)

A Promised Rose Garden (Germany)

Ram (India)

Agi/Elegy (Iran)

Angles of My Face (Kenya)

Artificio Conceal (USA)

The Girl (India)


21 Icons – A Journey to Democracy (South Africa)

Bintou (Germany)

Croc In A Museum (Rwanda)

Daddy’s Wedding (UAE)

Grandma Knows Best? (Ethiopia)

Life In Progress (Switzerland)

Low Season (Germany)

Ady Gasy (Madagascar)

Competition and Awards

The festival enlists numerous competitions under categories such as Feature Films, Documentary, Short/Animation, East African Films, The Bi Kidude Chairman’s Award, SIGNIS East African Talent Award, Signis Award, Sembene Ousmane Prize For Development Films, The European Festival Network Award and Zuku Swahili Awards.

Closing Night Film

The festival will conclude with an awards night and the wining film will be featured as the closing film of the festival.

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