She Directs Workshop     
8th – 12th  July 2018 – submissions closed

This workshop facilitated by Aylin Basaran and Cece Mlay  will focus on all phases of directing a fictional or documentary film, from creating an idea to developing a creative concept and the practical workflows that enable them. It is tailored for women, considering their particular challenges, unique experiences, and potentials in the (East African and International) film industry. Considering that the reality of film making in East Africa is usually in the low-budget sector, the workshop will discuss ideal industry models for roles and responsibilities in filmmaking and adjust them to the particular local needs.

The workshop both gives input on directing skills and provides space for the participants to share their own experiences and give them the opportunity to network with each other, linking the creative process with the practical workflows required to make visions come to life. Through both the experiences of the instructors and participants, the workshop will provide and further develop applicable and inspiring strategies for female film makers operating in and from East Africa.

Acting Workshop with Jacky Ido and Bikiya Graham Douglas   
9th – 11th July 2018  – submissions closed

The incredible and award winner Jacky Ido and Nigerian acting sensation Bikiya Graham-Douglas will facilitate this 3-Day Acting Workshop, highlighting the variety of skills that need to be mastered to achieve believable and emotive performances. This course has been designed to explore the fundamental skills required for film and television acting and is ideal for anyone who wishes to obtain practical insight to acting for screen.

It is targeted at participants with little experience as well as intermediate level actors who are looking to enhance and improve their skillset.Course delivery is through an interactive learning session deploying audio and visual techniques that will enable participants engage and exchange for their overall improvement. Tips on castings, auditions and rehearsals will be shared to assist participants develop themselves so that they can stand out and excel in a competitive industry.  These practical workshops are aimed at empowering aspiring actors from the region.

“Imagine East Africa on Screen”
3 – day Screenwriting Workshop at ZIFF  – submissions closed

Dr. Mona Mwakalinga a facilitator, trainer and instructor in film from the University of Dar es Salaam and Ayeta Anne Wangusa, the Executive Director of Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) whose vision is An East African Community Where Culture Is at the Centre of Development will facilitate this three-day Screenwriting workshop during ZIFF 2018.

The instruction will embrace various styles and methods of screenwriting with a focus on telling the story of East African regional integration. Prior to workshop, the participants will be given an assignment to read about the key regional integration issues. During the workshop, the participants will work through smaller teams to develop ready-to-produce 15min screen-plays on regional integration topics in East Africa.

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WEB SERIES WORKSHOP – submissions closed

Develop a simple concept. Produce a successful web-series.
The Web Series Workshop will be facilitated by Vincenzo Cavallo  on the 12th July 2018. The workshop will teach participants how to come up with a powerful concept idea that can be shot and edited without spending too much.

Participants will:

  • Learn from other successful series;
  • How to create webisodes;
  • Understand proper script length for each genre (5 – 15 pages);
  • Learn how to write for an inexpensive budget and raise money for your web series;
  • Learn particular aspects of specific genres (comedy, drama, thrillers, etc.);
  • Get tips about production and how to produce a webisode while writing one;
  • Live script readings as you develop;
  • Emerge with a web series package;
  • and, have a great time.


The workshop will equip selected participants with the relevant filmmaking skills to utilise smartphones to develop communication tools that highlight waste management issues impacting Zanzibar.

Date: 2nd – 6th July 2018
Time: 10am -4pm
Venue: Fumba Town
Participants: 15 youth participants to be selected by ZIFF, ACRA & Fumba Town
Facilitator: Amin Suwedi

In an era, where we need to speak visually, the lo fi filmmaking workshop on Waste Management will demystify the art of filmmaking for participants.  We will teach participants how to master the craft of film production and visual storytelling using mobile phones.

The participants will capture footage with their smart phones and edit one minute shorts that will be screened at the closing ceremony of ZIFF 2018.  It is expected that all participants will come to the workshop with their smartphones, aselfie stick and the passion required to develop behaviour change tools that will be circulated on different social media platforms.

Participants would also be given a crash course on how to post videos to social media and the need to ensure follower growth, volume of posts, reach rate, total engagementand engagement per follower.


OWN IT: Master Class Promoting Awareness of The Law for Creative Practitioners

Date and Time: 9 July 2017, 2 -5 p.m
Capacity: 20 participants, maximum
Admission: Free
Registration: Said el-Gheithy, Tel. 0779 093 066
c/o Princess Salme Museum at Emerson  on Hurumzi Hotel –;
Venue To be confirmed

Target group: Practising professionals and ‘’amateurs’’ within the creative sector, producers of creative/intellectual knowledge/property, cinematographers, editors, writers, practioners in performing arts are encouraged to attend.

The goal of the class is to help practioners protect and manage their creative/intellectual property rights, and therefore recognise their value for the growth of their business.The workshop will provide an overview of the copy right law and will draw on the participants’ experiences within the creative sector.

Co-ordinator: Said el-Gheithy, Chairperson Emerson’s Zanzibar Foundation
Consultant: Salum Stika, Zanzibar Association of  Film Artists
Facilitator (s): The Executive Director of the Copy Right Society