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ZIFF 2015 ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL SELECTION

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The Zanzibar International Film Festival is the longest running film-festival
in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition.
ZIFF 2015 will take place from the 18th 26th of July 2015 in Stonetown.

ZIFF is proud to announce the films in the Official Selection based on a


record 419 submissions. The list contains 25 feature films, 44 shorts and
27 documentaries from over 30 countries across the globe.
Festival Director Dr. Martin Mhando had this to say of the submissions and
selections for ZIFF 2015, We would like to congratulate and thank all
those who submitted their films. With so many films to choose from the
selection process was especially difficult. This has been the largest
number of films received to date. We are also pleased to say that the
online submission process was a success, with 90% of all the films were
submitted online through the FESTHOME platform.
The entries came from 38 countries with the largest number of entrants
coming from Germany and with The Dominican Republic having its first
entry in ZIFF 2015.
Speaking on ZIFF 2015, Mandy Roger TV Director ZUKU noted, We have
in the past 2 years of our sponsorship witnessed significant growth in
content development rising from the festival. As a broadcaster, ZUKU is
deeply invested in the growth and success of East Africa's creative and
content industries. It is therefore with pride we continue to partner the
Zanzibar International Film Festival, which has for the last 15 been
instrumental in celebrating and enabling film making from the region and
around the world."
The selection committee also noted a clear growth in the quality of short
films from Africa revealing a refreshing creative input and experimentation
with film language.
East Africa is well represented at ZIFF 2015 with 7 films from Tanzania to
compete in the general competition. Within the Official Selection Kenya
leads in the region with 9 films selected, while Uganda has 3, Burundi 2
and Rwanda 1. South Africa has 7 films in competition this year.

Selected films for the Bongo Movies competition, which is backed by the
Satelite TV Channel ZUKU will be announced at a later date. ZUKU is also
the event sponsor of the festival.

It has also been announced that the Academy Award and Golden Globe
Award winning film Selma will officially open ZIFF 2015 on the evening of
July18th.
As in previous years ZIFF will welcome dozens of professional and aspiring
film directors, producers from across Africa and the world for 8 days of
film, music and cultural celebration.
OFFICIAL SELECTION ZIFF 2015
FEATURE FILMS
Algun lugar/On the Road
Somewhere
Beautiful Tree , Severed
Roots

Director/length in
minutes
Guillermo Zouain (70)

Superstition

Kenny Mann (70)


Brian Robertson and
Pavan Moondi
Daniel E.V. Yudin (68)
Hicham Ayouch (90)
Faozan Rizal (121)
Emma Roger (98)
Simon Mwakifwamba
Venu N (114)
Adam Kuambiana (164)
Rowan Nielsen (89)
Leah Mwendamseke (83)
Matthew Warchus (119)
Ava DuVernay (128)
Timoth Conrad (62)
Gilbert Lukalia (91)
David Constantin (84)
Paresh Gondaliya & Zziwa
A. Alone

The Gods of Water


The Last Drive-in Theater
Wazi?FM
Timbuktu
Morbayssa
City of Violence
Price of Love

Pablo Caesar (115)


Iber Carvalho (98)
Faras Cavallo (62)
Abdrehmanne Sissako
Cheick F. Camara
Jerome Salle
Hermon Hailay (99)

Diamond Tongues
El mal trato/Maltreatment
Fievres/Fevers
Habibie and Ainun
Jongo Love
Kutakapokucha
Munnariyippu/ The deadline
Mr Kadamanja
Nightrunners
Pishu
Pride
Selma
Single Zero
Strength of a Woman
Sugarcane Shadows

COUNTRY
Dominican
Republic
Kenya
Canada
Chile
France
Indonesia
Kenya
Tanzania
India
Tanzania
Kenya
Tanzania
UK
USA
Tanzania
Kenya
Mauritius
Uganda
Argentina/Ethiopi
a/France
Brazil
kenya
Mali
Guinea Konakry
South Africa
Ethiopia

DOCUMENTARIES
21 Icons - A Journey to
Democracy
Abasezi (The Nightdancers)
Bintou
Croc in a Museum
Daddy's Wedding
Dancing With Maria
Grandma Knows Best?
Life In Progress
Life is Waiting: Referendum
and Resistance in Western
Sahara
Low Season
Maramaso
Mbwa Mwitu
Moussa Diallo: The Man and
the Music
NAPPS- Memoire Of An
Invisible Man
Obohozi
Papa Machete
Prisoner 467/64: The Untold
Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni
Red Over the Rainbow
Shadeism: Digging Deeper
Shadow Fighters
The Beauty That I Saw
The Broken Heart
The Hustle
The Rwandan Genocide:
Reunited Through Polaroids
The Springboard
Twende! Let's go!
Ady Gasy

SHORTS

Director/length in
minutes
Adrian Steirn (45)
Aemile Dinneen (78)
Simone Catharina Gaul (68)

COUNTRY

Ivan Gergolet (75)


Tamara Dawit (16)
Irene Loebell (99)

South Africa
Ireland/Uganda
Germany
Rwanda
Dubai
Italy/Argentina/Sl
ovenia
Ethiopia
Switzerland

Lara Lee (60)


Madeleine Dallmeyer (41)
Ashley Beckett (53)
Farid Uwezo (20)

Western Sahara
Germany
Kenya
Tanzania

Helle Toft (72)

Denmark

Tami Liberman (31)


Caroline Odongo & Gitura
Kamau(98)
Jonathan David Kane (11)

Germany

Lebogang Rasethaba (53)


Baumont Vincent (27)
Nayani Thitagarajah (
Josefine Heimburger
Benjamin Abrams (51)
Fabian Pschel
Ashraf Said Mswaki (25)

South Africa
Vietnam
Canada
Denmark/Tz
U.S.A
Germany
Turkey

Colin Crowley (5)


Joseph Ndayisenga (63)
Silvana Zancolo (52)
Nantenaina Lova (81)

Rwanda
Burundi
Italy
Madagascar

Director / length in
minutes

Kenya
U.S.A.

COUNTRY

92 Dreamin' (Animation)
A Coeur Ouvert
A Promised Rose Garden
Agi / Elegy
Amor a Primera vista/
Love at first sight
Angles of my Face
Artificio Conceal
As I Am
Bahar in Wonderland
Camouflage
Castillo y el Armado
(animation )
Detour
Ella
Every Day is a Small Life
Faraja
Green Gold/ Gruen Gold
(animation)
Harsh
Intellectual Scum
Islands
Italian Standof
Jaya
Kilimo 2 (animation)
King of Guangzhou
Lahza
Lami (Animation)
Mousse
Prelude to a Torn House
Ram
Red Card
Routine
Samaki Mchangani/Fish of
the Land
September
Shehnai
Soko Sonko /The Market
King
Taweez- The Talisman
Writer
The Dinner

EscarlaAbreu (4)
Ayekoro Kossou (16)
Lisa Violetta Ga (Gass)
(33)
Yousef Kargar

United States
France

Mark Playne (14)


Manu Maina (22)
Ayoub Qanir (16)
Sihle Hlope(14)
Behrooz Karamizade (16)
Andreas Kessler (8)

Spain
Kenya
U.S.A.
South Africa
Germany
Germany

Pedro Harres (13)


Michael Leong-Huat
Kam Kam
Kim Mnster
Lou-Brice Lonard (27)
Nasir Al Qassim

Brazil

Barbara Marheineke (13)


Danilo Baracho (8)
Njue Kevin (14)

Iran/USA
Brazil
Kenya
United
Kingdom
Germany
India
USA
China
Egypt

Tajinder Hayer (16)


Marcel Becker-Neu (12)
Puja Maewal (18)
Neema Reed(6)
Quester Hannah (14)
El Waleed Gamal
Christophe and Olivier
Defaye (2)
John Helberg (41)
Carlos Esteban Godoy
Acosta (29)
Miransha Naik (25)
John Rabaud (3)
P. Sam Kessie (14)

Germany
Iran

Singapore
Germany
France
Tanzania

Japan
Sweden
colombia
india
Mauritius
South Africa

Amil Shivji (30)


Mark Wambui (54min)
Haroon Habib (16)

Tanzania
Kenya
pakistan

Ekwa Msangi (22)

Tanzania

Ali Hakin (20)


Aylin Basaran (15)

Germany
Germany

The Girl
The Last Will
The Legacy of Rubies
(Animation)
The Road we Travel
Tjitji the Himba Girl
OritshasJourney
Uthando
With Best Regards

Shashwati Talukdar (8)


Dustin Loose (21)

India
Germany

Ebele Okoye (28)


Aidan Belizaire (37)
Oshosheni Hiveluah (22)
Abdul Ndadi
Tulanana Bohela
Bernhard Wenger (5)

Germany
Uganda
Namibia
USA
South Africa
Austria

About ZIFF
The Zanzibar International Film Festival is the longest running film-festival
in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition.
ZIFF is sponsored by ZUKU through a 10 year contract that runs through
2021.
The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a nongovernmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to
promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries. Every cent
raised from sponsors and donors ensures the widest possible accessibility
of high- quality international screenings and cultural events to all sections
of the Tanzanian population.
The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is a catalyst for the promotion and
development of the regions cultural industries. It encourages and
supports the development of artistic skills and the infrastructure
necessary for a vibrant and innovative arts environment.
The festival programme gives particular prominence to the visibility and
interests of women and children, including the youth.
The main panorama features international film and video screenings, and
international retrospectives along with music and performances, main
stage events, exhibitions, workshops and seminars.
Emphasis has been given to The East African Film Makers forum and this
will continue in Festival 2014, as will dialogues with various filmmakers
from across the region.
For more information visit www.zif.or.tz
www.facebook.com/ZanzibarInternationalFilmFestival
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SWAHILI

ZIFF YATANGAZA FILAMU ZITAKAZOSHINDANA KWENYE TAMASHA


Tamasha la Kimataifa la filamu ZIFF ambalo ndilo lililodumu zaidi kuliko
matamasha yote Afrika Mashariki na Kati linatarajiwa kufanyika hapo
Ngome Kongwe, Zanzibar kati ya tarehe 18 na 26 Julai mwaka huu.
ZIFF leo imetangaza jumla ya filamu zitakazoshindana wakati wa tamasha
kutoka katika jumla ya filamu 419 zilizowakilishwa. Kati ya filamu hizo 25
ni ndefu, 44 ni filamu fupi na 27 ni za dokyumentare.
Mkurugenzi wa tamasha Prof Martin Mhando alisema haya wakati
akiwasilisha tangazo hilo la filamu rasmi za tamasha. Tunawapongeza na
kuwashukuru wote waliowasilisha filamu. Mwaka huu ndio mwaka
tuliopekea filamu nyingi zaidi, na ilituwia vigumu sana kuchaguwa filamu
za kushindwanishwa. Lakini zaidi ya hayo ni kuwa mpango wa kuwasilisha
filamu kwa kupitia mtandao umefanikiwa sana. Karibu asilimia 90 ya
filamu zilizotumwa ziliwasilishwa kwa kupitia tovuti ya mtandao
FESTHOME.
Filamu zimetoka nchi 38 na nyingi zaidi zikiwa zimetoka nchi ya
Ujerumani. Kwa mara ya kwanza ZIFF imepokewa filamu toka nchi ya
Jamuhuri ya Dominica, ya nchi za Karibean.
Akizungumzia tamasha lijalo, Mkurugenzi wa TV wa kampuni ya ZUKU,
Mandy Roger, alisema, Katika miaka miwili ya udhamini wetu
tumekwishaona kuongezeka kwa filamu nyingi zaidi za kuonesha katika
Television yeyu. Alizidi kusisitiza kuwa ZUKU inafurahia sana kukua kwa
ubora wa filamu za Afrika Mashariki, na ndio maana tunajivunia uhusiano
wetu na Tamasha la Nchi za Jahazi, Zanzibar. Tamasha hili limekuwa
kigezo kikubwa kwa tasnia ya filamu Afrika na dunia nzima.
Kamati ya uchaguzi imesifia sana kuongezeka kwa ubora wa filamu za
Kiafrika. Filamu zimekuwa za ubunifu mkubwa kitaswira na katika
urasimishaji.
Filamu toka Afrika Mashariki zimeongezeka, wakati Kenya ikiongoza kwa
kuwa na filamu 9, Tanzania 7, Uganda 3 , Burundi 2 na Rwanda 1. Afrika
ya Kusini ina filamu 8 katika mashindano.

Tamasha hilo, ambalo linadhaminiwa na kampuni ya ZUKU, limetangaza


kuwa filamu za Bongo, zitakazokuwa na shindano lao pekee zitachaguliwa
na kutangazwa baadaye. Vivyo hivyo filamu zitakazoshindana kwenye
tuzo ya Sembene Ousmane zitatajwa baadaye.
Hapo nyuma ilishatangazwa kuwa filamu ya Martin Luther King Jr
inayoitwa Selma ndio itakayofungua Tamasha hapo tarehe 18 Julai.
Kama kawaida tamasha la ZIFF litawakaribisha mamia ya watengenezaji
filamu toka nchi nyingi duniani katika tamasha la siku nane
linalojumwuisha sanaa za filamu, muziki na za tamaduni mbalimbali.

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