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Posted on Jun 22, 2014

ZIFF 2014 : THE WINNERS

ZIFF 2014 : THE WINNERS

 

The Zanzibar International Film Festival awarded its prestigious prizes in a glittering closing ceremony on Saturday night June 21st. In his speech as Festival Director and CEO of Ziff, Professor Martin Mhando had this to say:

ZIFF’s film culture has always focused on African and Dhow culture. ZIFF embraces its advocacy role and wants to continue to play its unique role to Zanzibar and African society and its needs. That is why ZIFF is such an unwieldy beast. But we love that beast for it allows and enables debate about points of views and it indeed provokes consequences.

During the ceremony the invited guests, including over 30 film directors and filmmakers from over a dozen countries were entertained by artists including King Maloo.  Every year ZIFF awards a number of films in various categories.

 

SIGNIS AWARDS

The SIGNIS award is presented by the World Catholic Association for Communication, that has jury members in almost all the major festivals worldwide. It has been presented at ZIFF for the last 10 years. SIGNIS awards an award for Best Feature or Documentary African Film, and also presents The East African Talent Award to a talented and promising new director. The prize awarded is $1000.00.

SPECIAL MENTION
Shadow Tree
Biju Viswanath
(Tanzania)

EAST AFRICAN TALENT AWARD
Sticking Ribbons
Bill Jones
(Kenya)

SIGNIS PRIZE
O Espinho Da Rosa/ The Thorn Of The Rose
by Filipe Henriques
(Guinee Bissao/Portugal)

 

SEMBENE OUSMANE AWARDS

The Sembene Ousmane Award honours feature films, documentaries and short films on development in Africa. The Sembene Award jury is composed of East African Community and GIZ members.

SPECIAL MENTION
Welcome to Loliondo
Morten West
(Denmark)

Umunthu,
Mwizalero Nyirenda
(Malawi)

Body Games,
by Richard Pakleppa & Matthias Rohrig Assuncao
(Namibia / Brasil / South Africa)

 

ZUKU BONGO MOVIES AWARDS

This year ZUKU will also award Bongo Movie Awards in honour of the Tanzanian Film Industry.

ZUKU PEOPLE CHOICE
Shikamoo Mzee

BEST ACTOR
Jackson Kabirigi
for Kisate and Nguvu ya Imani

BEST ACTRESS
Esha Buheti
for Mimi na Mungu wangu

BEST DIRECTOR
Issa Musa Cloud
for Shahada

BEST FEATURE FILM
Shahada
Issa Musa

 

ZIFF AWARDS

The ZIFF jury awards Golden Dhows for films in the following categories: – Best Feature Film, Best East African Film, Best Documentary, Best Short / Animation.  The ZIFF Jury will also award the Silver Dhow to a film considered a runner up to Best Feature Film. The Chairman’s Award, this year known as the Bi Kidude Award, will go to the filmmaker who has shown an acute portrayal of a contemporary issue in a balanced manner. Additional awards include The Lifetime Achievement Award. ZIFF 2014 congratulates all the award winners as well as commending all the filmmakers who participated in this year’s festival.

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT  AWARD
Emerson Skeens

BI KIDUDE – CHAIRMAN AWARD
Sodiq
Michaeal Adeyemi
(UK)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Sobukwe: A Great Soul
Mickey Madoda Dube
(South Africa)

BEST ANIMATION
Khumba
Anthony Silverston
(South Africa)

BEST SHORT FILM
Shadowtree
Biju Viswanath
(India / Tanzania)

BEST EAST AFRICAN TALENT
The King’s Virgin
Daniel Moss
(Tanzania/UK)

SPECIAL JURY AWARD
Julio Mesquita
Main Actor
The Thorn of the Rose

BEST FEATURE FILM (SILVER DHOW)
The Thorn of the Rose – Espinho da Rosa
Filipe Henriques (Guinea Bissau)

BEST FEATURE FILM (GOLDEN DHOW)
Half of a Yellow Sun
Biyi Bandele (USA)

 

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