Zanzibar Film Festival launches campaign to fund African filmmakers

15 June 2017

Investment

During the festival, filmmakers take part in multiple workshops, discussions and interactions with other industry players.

During the festival, filmmakers take part in multiple workshops, discussions and interactions with other industry players.(SABC)

The Zanzibar International Film Festival has launched a crowd funding campaign and called on the continent to assist in covering the costs of transporting and accommodating 20 African filmmakers who will be attending the annual nine day event.

The film festival draws thousands of visitors to the island every year and the organisers are seeking funding to sponsor the film makers for three days.

“ZIFF has a goal of providing accommodation to at least 20 African filmmakers and needs the support of film-fans from across Africa and the world to make this possible. Most African filmmakers whose films are selected for screening are self-funded and often struggle to cover their own costs to attend the event, they said.”

ZIFF said the attendance of the filmmakers from across Africa and beyond helped in creating the vibrant and engaging atmosphere that the festival was renowned for.

During the festival, filmmakers take part in multiple workshops, discussions and interactions with other industry players, aspiring filmmakers, and film fans from Zanzibar and beyond.

One of the organisers of the film festival added, “The networking and business opportunities presented at ZIFF for filmmakers are substantial, especially this year with the first annual SOKO FILAM, Film and TV Content Market taking place during the festival.”

Information on how to make a donation is available on the official website for the festival: