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Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF)

Zanzibar, Tanzania, 18 - 26 July 2015
Sembene Ousmane Prize: Deadline 31 March 2015

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) announces the re-launching the Sembene Ousmane Film Prize competition in 2015. The ZIFF is the longest running film-festival in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition. The Award structure has been designed to reward excellence in short film production and to encourage the production of new short films, including short documentaries. Mawimbi na Njozi za Tumaini!

The festival has also decided to award not just one, but three films to ensure that as many filmmakers as possible are encouraged to make creative films through the Sembene Ousmane Prize. In recent times, the growth in the short film genre and short creative documentaries, often made for television, has provided a viable training ground for African or African diaspora filmmakers. The short film genre is a powerful way to communicate serious issues without sacrificing production quality and aesthetic value.

The Sembene Ousmane Film Prize invites Africans and Africans in the diaspora to enter their short films into the competition before 31 March 2015. 15 films will thereafter be nominated to compete for the 3 prizes during ZIFF 2015. Each of the 3 winning films will be awarded with 2,000 USD specifically earmarked to produce a new short film to be ready by ZIFF 2016.

Films have to be uploaded to the Festhome platform or DVDs sent directly to ZIFF (Sembene Ousmane Prize), P.O. BOX 3032 Zanzibar, Tanzania.

For more information, please visit www.ziff.or.tz