ZIFFT Announces 2014 Dates, Theme

The Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust has announced the dates and theme for this year’s edition.

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Via a communique they informed us that this year’s film festival will be held from 4 to 11  October under the theme  ‘Universal Afrcan’.

The theme is a celebration of Africans have excelled on the world stage. It is a call to the African film fraternity to boldly claim its space by producing more world-class films that tell the story of Africa with an authoritative voice. The theme also gives ZIFF 2014

While ZIFF 2014 will screen a broad spectrum of international films (documentary action, short films and animation), focus will be on ‘new generation’ African filmmakers, particularly those that have represented the continent positively through film. Several
Zimbabweans or Zimbabwe-related personalities have excelled in this regard. These include Thandie Newton, Danai Gurira, Lucian Wiina Msamati, Tongai Arnold Chirisa, Leroy Gopal, etc.

ZIFFT will also take the Festival to Bulawayo, Masvingo, Mutare, Norton, and Chitungwiza; and the High Density Suburbs in Harare and Bulawayo.

As usual, other ZIFFT programmes will run during the Festival. These include the Short Film Programme (SFP), which will mentor five aspiring writers and directors in producing short films; the Film Forum (FF) that will offer film-making master classes and film industry workshops.

The Film Forum will host the Mokolo Foundation; an online distribution platform for African content that is already active in West Africa and South Africa; with a view for Zimbabwean content creators a platform to partner with Mokolo

As in 2013, ZIFFT will collaborate with Goethe Institut to host Mini INPUT that bring a diverse range of films for screening during the Festival. This year ZIFFT will secure the full participation of ZBC and other prospective TV stations, to ensure that they appreciate the broad range of content they can bring to their television channels.

ZIFFT and Goethe Institut will once again bring the filmmakers as part of ZIFFT’s Short Film Programme. The filmmakers will mentor selected local emerging filmmakers in scriptwriting, directing and editing. The completed films will be shown at the Festival, on Culture Night. They will also conduct filmmaking workshops and be resource persons during the Film Forum and outreach activities.