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Zanzibar International Film Festival

July 7-15, 2012

Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa

What’s It All About?

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is East Africa’s largest film, music and arts festival, bringing new talents together from all over the world. Every year, some of the most captivating and cutting-edge cinema from Africa and beyond is screened here. This year’s theme is ‘When Global Images Meet at Zanzibar’.

The festival, now in its 15th year, is known to put African film, music, art and design at the forefront of the international scene. The enchanting port of Stone Town is the festival’s main venue in Zanzibar and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Watch Out For!

Dhow Race At Uroa

On Sunday July 8 the Dhow race will kick off the day’s activities. Screenings will begin after the race. In the evening a narrative feature film will be shown followed by the grand opening of the music festival in the Mambo club.


Documentary Production Workshop

ZIFF will hold a day-long workshop on creative documentary production with Connie Fields, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker.

The Literary Forum

This forum provides opportunities to celebrate literary output from the Dhow country region and beyond. This year it will present two Fund Laureates, Professor Abdul Sheriff and Professor Manthia Diawarra, to launch their new


Cellphone filmmaking is a fast emerging global phenomenon. This state-of-the-art workshop will be presented by Thomas Bongani Hart and Jonathan Dockney of the University of Natal South Africa.

Children & Film Panorama 2012

Children and youth are the audience and film creators of the future. This workshop gives them access to a diversity of films, in terms of content, genres and cultural origin.

Women’s Panorama 2012

The Women’s Panorama at ZIFF is a programme of cinema designed especially for the women of Zanzibar. Films are followed by facilitated discussions and debates around the themes of the films. The activities are selected to establish the visibility of women in cinema, media and the arts in a positive light, as well as a means of education and self-expression.

Some of the selected films for competition and non-competition at ZIFF 2012 are:

A Can Of Worms

A Life As Jimmy

A Life On Hold

Africa Dynamo Ndar Blues

Afrika The Beat

Algiers Murders

Black Magic


Cry Of Love





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