What To Expect From The Zanzibar Film Festival

Flights

No. Travellers

International Adults
12+ years

International Children
Under 12 years

Resident Adults
12+ years

Resident Children
Under 12 years

Infants Under 2
International or Resident

No. Travellers

International Adults
12+ years

International Children
Under 12 years

Resident Adults
12+ years

Resident Children
Under 12 years

Infants Under 2
International or Resident


No. Travellers

International Adults
12+ years

International Children
Under 12 years

Resident Adults
12+ years

Resident Children
Under 12 years

Infants Under 2
International or Resident

Please wait, searching for available flights...

Car Hire

All Categories Chosen

No. Travellers

International Adults
12+ years

International Children
Under 12 years

Resident Adults
12+ years

Resident Children
Under 12 years

Infants Under 2
International or Resident

Please wait, searching for availability...

Experiences

 
No. Travellers

International Adults
12+ years

International Children
Under 12 years

Resident Adults
12+ years

Resident Children
Under 12 years

Infants Under 2
International or Resident

All Categories Chosen

Please wait, searching for available products...

Transfers

No. Travellers

International Adults
12+ years

International Children
Under 12 years

Resident Adults
12+ years

Resident Children
Under 12 years

Infants Under 2
International or Resident

Please wait... loading our booking portal

Please wait, searching for available transfers...

  11 February 2019       Oluwakemi Ojo       5 min read

Zanzibar International Film Festival –July 2019

Founded in 1997, the Zanzibar International Film Festival is considered the most significant cultural event in East Africa. It's a multi-disciplinary art and cultural festival that takes place every year in Zanzibar. It was established to develop and promote the film and other cultural facets in the Eastern Africa region and to steer economic and social growth from the arts. ZIFF is also about music and art, with live music, art exhibitions, and dance taking place at multiple venues across Stone Town.

ZIFF has become an important part of the culture in Zanzibar as well as the East Africa region. The festival educates and entertains with films and movies submitted every year. It also attracts thousands of visitors to the area.

According to the attendance estimates, a total audience of 100,000 people attends the festival. ZIFF brings together people from different cultural, religious and racial backgrounds from around the world. This is an indicator of the broad appeal and supports the festival attracts.

The festival runs for over 10 days with a wide range of activities and events such as workshops, local and international panel discussions. During the 10-day period, the best film entries (local and international) are screened to the audiences.

There are Gala shows and musical concerts in the evenings. ZIFF is a good platform for audiences, filmmakers as well as industry players to network and has meaningful discussions about how to improve the film industry in the region and generally push the culture forward.

Supa Modo and 18 hours

Participants taking a selfie at ZIFF, Image Source: KenyanVibe.Com

ZIFF 2019

The 22nd Edition of ZIFF will take place on the 6th to the 14th of July, 2019 in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Every year the festival uses different themes, and the theme for the festival in 2019 will be ‘New Dawn’. This theme was created with the aim of celebrating Pan-African ideals within the creative industries of the region.

This year, the film festival will prioritise films from Africa and the African diaspora in a way it hasn’t highlighted before. ZIFF is also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries, and for this reason, art and culture from Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, the Gulf States, The Persian Gulf, Pakistan, South East Asia, Iran, and India are usually featured at the festival.

Film Categories & Guidelines

The film festival has several categories for film submissions, and they include African Animation, Web Series, Short Film, Long Features, East Africa Music Video, Film School and TV Series.

According to the guidelines for entries, films entered can be of any theme or genre; fiction, documentary, animation or experimental, and shot in any format. It is possible for applicants to submit more than one film. Related to this is that the films in competition must be directed or produced from 2017. Any Work in Progress can be submitted for consideration but must be finished by May 2019 before the festival commences in July 2019.

It’s important to note that the festival only accepts films in English or with English subtitles (the dialogue could be in any language). Films received which are either not in English or do not have English subtitles will be ineligible for the competition. Applicants are responsible for all the translation and subtitling of their films. Submissions for the festival opened on October 13th, 2018 and closed on 31st December 2018. Entrants will be notified by 31st May 2019 if they’re in the running for an award or not.

ZIFF Awards

The awards given at the festival reflect the submission categories. The awards feature Best Feature film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Feature from Dhow Countries, Best Short from Dhow Countries, Best Film from International, Best African Animation, Best East African Film, Best TV Series, Best East African Music Video and Best WEB Series.

ZIFF 2018 Highlights

Last year, African women filmmakers dominated many of the categories and went on to scoop a total of ten awards. Past winners such as ‘Supa Modo’ from Kenya that won the Golden Dhow for Best Feature Film went on to perform very well internationally winning a tidy 21 international awards, screening at more than 30 festivals across the globe and going on to receive an Oscar nomination.



Experience the tales of Africa

If you're planning on travelling to Zanzibar for the International Film Festival this year, then be sure to check for flights on Tripindigo and make sure you get the best deals on travel in East Africa.

Travel plans change upon arriving you may find yourself wanting to stay a little longer so you can explore more of what this magical island has to offer. So as a travel tip from us you may want to add a few extra days before or after the festival dates when reserving your flights.

We'd love to hear from you If you have anything to add to our list or would like to tell us about your experience give us a shout!

Share your experience with us! Tag @Tripindigo on your social posts #EastAfricaRocks or comment below!

You Might Also Enjoy Reading:

Finding you the best prices. Book your whole itinerary with us!

  1. Make a search for Flights, Hotels, Car Hire and / or Activities
  2. Enter your details
  3. Pay by card or Mobile Money
  4. Print your tickets & Vouchers
  5. Secure, fast and convenient
Tripindigo

Tripindigo is East Africa’s leading travel comparison website. Revolutionary but effortless, booking your itinerary has never been easier.

Our world class customer service team is always here, should you need assistance during or after your booking.

Learn More

  heretohelp@tripindigo.com   |     +255 (0) 766 796 685 or +44 (0)208 1333424