10 March 2017


Zanzibar International Film Festival announces Film Schools Programme

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is committed to supporting the growth of the film education sector in Africa and announces the inaugural Film School category and competition for films produced by film school students from across Africa.

ZIFF recognises that the creative industries have 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.

ZIFF 2017 invites film schools and any students enrolled in film school from 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 8 to 16 July during ZIFF 2017. The festival will be honored to host students as they experience ZIFF’ journey, collaborate with other students, and have the opportunity to learn from some of the continent’s best.

The Film School Programme will consist of the following:

ZIFF will be hosting film workshops in different disciplines of cinema where students will be able to learn from professionals working in the industry. These 4 workshops will be focused on the practical skills required for producing films and will be presented by top professional cinema experts from the region and beyond

Important information to note:

For Film Schools wishing to contribute further to the project by sponsoring bursaries as prizes, or by hosting Master Classes – they can contact the programme coordinators:

Joel Karekezi (Rwanda) or Lara Preston (South Africa) at filmschool@ziff.or.tz.

For more information visit the ZIFF website.


Mzanzi women's film festival opens for submissions

The Mzansi Women's Film Festival (MWFF) is a platform for women filmmakers showcasing films by women and about women. Established in 2014, this annual festival is held the first weekend in August - Women's Month in South Africa. Submissions close 31 May 2017.

Film submissions can be:






As micro, shorts and feature length.

The MWFF's objectives are to:

Create a reputable platform for women filmmakers to showcase their work.

Create a reputable platform to showcase films made by and about women.

Create an annual networking opportunity for women filmmakers to identify and access opportunities in the film industry.

Facilitate access to training and/or development opportunities for women filmmakers.

Create an awards event that recognises the work of female filmmakers

In addition to showcasing their films, the MWFF is a platform to stimulate greater interest in films by and about women, and contribute towards integrating women filmmakers into mainstream filmmaking.

In 2016, the MWFF established partnerships with the Westbury Youth Centre and the Wot-if? Trust, who ran parallel MWFF screenings at the Westbury Youth Centre in Westbury, and the Father Louis Blondel Centre in Diepsloot, respectively.

Since its inception, the MWFF has screened over 100 films from across the world, as well as hosted over 30 workshops and conversations relating to women filmmakers and filmmaking.

The Mzansi Women's Film Festival 2017 will be held from 3 - 6 August 2017.

Website link

Call for Entries

Africa South Africa

submissions@mwff.co.za .