Strong South African representation in ZIFF 2018 Selection

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The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is pleased to announce the official selection of films in competition for 2018. The festival will take place in various venues in and around Stone Town Zanzibar from July 7th – 15th 2018.

South African films in the ZIFF 2018 Official Selection:

DOCUMENTARIES
  • Children of Drum: The Legacy of Black Journalists in Apartheid-era South Africa
    USA/SA/SPAIN – Larry Tung
  • Dancedance/RE♦VOLUTION
    South Africa – MARK FREEMAN
  • I am Sheriff
    South Africa – TEBOHO EDKINS
  • Skulls
    South Africa/Germany/Namibia – Vincent Moloi

SHORT FILMS
  • BLIND DATE
    South Africa – FANYANA HLABANGANE
  • Mma Moeketsi
    South Africa – RAE MOETI
  • NOMFUNDO
    South Africa – SIHLE HLOPHE
  • UNTIL THE SILENCE COMES
    South Africa – PULENG STEWART, JANNOUS AUKEMA
  • VERSNEL
    South Africa – DIAN WEYS

AFRICAN ANIMATION
  • Lullaby from the Crypt
    South Africa – Earle Holmes
  • Belly Flop
    South Africa – JEREMY COLLINS KELLY DILLON

WEB SERIES
  • Festival Politicos
    South Africa – Tshego “Red” Mosiane, Misa Makwakwa Masokameng
  • SUBS
    South Africa – Tshego ‘Red’ Mosiane, Tseliso Monaheng
  • Thesha
    South Africa – Lungelo Mdlalose

TV SERIES
  • Umlilo
    South Afica – Denny Miller
  • Hard Copy
    South Africa – Harriet Gavshon and Tim Greene (Producers)
  • iNumber Number
    South Africa – Siphiwe Hlabangane (producer)
  • Jab
    South Africa – Lucilla Blankenberg, Laddie Bosch
FILM SCHOOL
  • O-Puncha
    South Africa – Adam Hansen
  • Bear
    South Africa – Wesley Roodt
  • The Walk Home
    South Africa – Sisanda Dyantyi
  • Canal Street
    South Africa – Brodie Muirhead
  • Mallemeule
    South Africa – Jaco Van Bosch
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This year saw a record number of entries across all categories with over 4,000 film submitted across the various entry platforms. This year also saw a marked increase in the amount of documentaries submitted, with over 800 being entered for consideration. With nearly 400 features being submitted, the selection process for 2018 was extremely difficult.

Entries were also received from all over the world with submissions coming from over 140 countries, with the USA and India leading the number of submissions. East African filmmakers have also shown amazing interest in ZIFF with Ugandan filmmakers submitting 55 films, 54 from Kenya, and Tanzania 31.

The films in selection cross a broad spectrum of topics and genres and represent over 40 countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Western Sahara, Niger, Iran, The United States, France, Ghana, Belgium, Tunisa, Swaziland, India, United Kingdom and many more.

Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo had this to say of the selection process and the final line-up: “The sheer number of film submissions for ZIFF 2018 was a surprise.  It is rewarding to see how much our Festival is growing and is attracting so many filmmakers around the world, but especially from our continent. We tried to stick close to our theme for this year, celebrating the courage of many filmmakers who are telling the truth and speaking out for positive change in this world. Surely, some films selected will shake the power systems and old mentalities and that is what cinema is all about, challenging perceptions and imagining a different world.

Finally, I’m glad to see the potentiality of the cinema industry in East Africa, and I have to mention particularly the creativity of young Tanzanian filmmakers that through their short films are truly showing the new wave of cinema in Tanzania. We invite all cinema lovers to join us this year in Zanzibar!

The official selection for Best Web, TV, and Student films will also be announced shortly. For more information please visit www.ziff.or.tz


For the complete list of films in the ZIFF 2018 Official Selection visit this related post: The complete ZIFF Official Selection 2018

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