Three Nigerian films made the final shortlist in the 2016 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) which holds from July 9th -17th 2016.
Walter Taylaur’s ‘Gbomo Gbomo Express’ and ‘The Wages’ as well as Umar Turaki’s ‘Salt’ were selected out of a record 490 films submitted from 32 countries for this year’s competition.
A total of 95 films comprising feature fictions, documentaries, Sembene, animations, Bongo, and shorts were shortlisted.
It was the first appearance in the competition of films from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Finland, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, as well as works from Albania and Estonia.
The ZIFF panel selected 80 films to compete under 5 different jury categories; 59 General Competition, 15 Sembene Ousmane; 12 Bongo movies, and 6 films in this year’s newest jury category, The Emerson of Zanzibar Award recognizing films about Zanzibar’s culture and history, the organizers said in a statement.
The last competition for Music Video production will also take place this year with videos nominated for competition revealed at the end of May being shown during the plenary sessions of ZIFF in the Old Fort Amphitheatre.
“One of the most exciting developments in this year’s selection is the substantial increase in the quantity and quality of films from Tanzania with the greatest number of entries from Tanzania ever received,” the statement said.
“Over 40 films were received for competition and this year we have 4 films from Tanzania competing in the Sembene Ousmane Competition. All of East Africa features strongly in this year’s selection with five from Kenya, and three from Uganda, and two from Rwanda.”
The organizers said three world premieres would take place this year, with the screening of three films funded by ZIFF and GIZ (German Development Cooperation Agency) through the Sembene Ousmane award.
The three 2015 winners who were each given $2,000 to produce a new film will also premiere their new films in this year’s competition.
Two film workshops would be held during this year’s festival, according to the organizers.
The first workshop on Cinematography will be run by Barry Bravermann, an official tester of many film equipment producing companies such as Panasonic and Sony. The workshop will focus on how to get the best out of the Canon D5 camera but also work on visual storytelling.
The second, an Animation Workshop sponsored by the Goethe Institute in Dar es Salaam, will focus on enhancing skills of young Tanzanian artists.
Fifteen students from secondary and high schools will be selected and trained with the aim of encouraging new skills for school leavers.