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ZIFF 2017

The creative industries are becoming a critical driver of African economies with filmmaking as one of the key growth areas. The rapid expansion of film schools and students across the continent is testament to this growing industry.

The Zanzibar International Film Festival enjoys appreciable prestige due to its international networks and strong partnerships with other festivals around the world and with links to many industry bodies and professionals around the African Continent. Based on this network and prestige, ZIFF would like to contribute to the continued growth in the film education sector, and therefore at the 20th Anniversary of ZIFF, the Festival will present for the first time a section and competition of films produced by film school students from East Africa and from all over the continent.

ZIFF invites Film Schools across Africa to submit their films at no charge and also to take part in a full Film School program that will take place in Stone Town from July 8th – 16th during ZIFF 2017.

The festival will be honored to invite students to experience ZIFF’ journey, to collaborate with other students and to learn from some of the continent’s best.


The FILM SCHOOL Program will consist of the following:

  • Selection of 12 short films made by film student
  • Screening of the selected films in a competitive section during ZIFF 20.
  • Special Jury Prize allocated to choose the winning film (s)
  • Students who attend ZIFF will be participating to master classes, reserved workshops and organized meetings organized during ZIFF 20th for them.


All film students will participants in the film screenings and every day we will organize panel discussion for the students to meet professionals from the film industry.


  • Ziff will try to accommodate the students who manage to attend the festival from the selected films or to participate to the school program and training.
  • ZIFF will facilitate the search of partners who could facilitate the travel expenses
  • Entry is FREE please contact:
  • Deadline is 1st May 2017

For Film Schools wishing to contribute further to the project by sponsoring bursaries as prizes, or by hosting Master Classes – please contact the program coordinators.

Joel Karekezi (Rwanda) – Lara Preston (South Africa) at