ziffAfter A Hugely Successful 9 Days Of ZIFF 2014 With Nearly 40 Filmmakers From Over 12 Countries In Attendance, Entries For ZIFF 2015 Are Now Open.

The 18th edition of ZIFF will take place from the 18th – 26th of July 2015, and for the first time ever, ZIFF will be accepting film submissions online via the festhome.com web platform making it simple and easy to submit films.  Simply follow this link for all relevant forms and information: https://festhome.com/f/893.

Festival Description:

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is the largest multi disciplinary art and cultural festival in Africa dedicated to the exhibition of films, music, panorama. Each year ziff exhibits more than 100 films made in Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, USA and Asia.


Animation, Documentary, Feature, Shorts, Music

Prizes And Qualifications: 

ZIFF Dhow Awards in the following categories:

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, Zuku Swahili Awards.

ZIFF accepts films from around the world.
although priority is given to films from Africa and The Dhow Countries (countries of the Indian Ocean coast such as Iran, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan).

Festival Theme

The theme of the festival is also a key criteria for selection, with the theme for 2015 being Waves and Visions.

Waves and Visions of Hope - Mawimbi na Njozi za Tumaini

“To those of us who live by the sea and oceans, the waves mean more that simply curling waters. They denote sounds of a permanent presence, of expected arrivals and anticipated departures.

 Waves welcome visions of a depth terrifying and a lightness beckoning but more still they propose hope in its glorious and abject abstraction.

To filmmakers this imagery is an embrace of their creativity as those sounds, designs, images and movements are the bedrock upon which their art is formed.

The 2015 theme is a call to deeper introspection, to collaboration with those with whom we hear the call and to that enchanted time and space.”

Submission Information

For filmmakers who cannot submit online on festhome.com, a signed and fully completed application with publicity materials must be submitted with a DVD.

  • This application can be downloaded at http://www.ziff.or.tz/call-for-entry.

  • Films must be no more than 3 years old.
  • The submission deadline is 31st January 2015.
  • Selection results will be available from May 15, 2015 on our wesite bwww.ziff.or.tz.
  • Any film at ZIFF may have five (5) public screenings at the most, including one press showing. However, further screenings could be organized if the producer so agrees.
  • Entry is free for filmmakers from Tanzania
  • Festival entry fee 5$ USD
  • Short films submission fee 2$ USD
  • Feature length submission fee 8$ USD
  • Submit films here: https://festhome.com/f/893


For full festival information please visit the website at www.ziff.or.tz, our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/zanzibarinternationalfilmfestival