The Zanzibar International Film Festival tonight hosted its official Awards Ceremony, presented by Zanlink. South Africa’s Noem My Skollie/ Call me Thief directed by Daryne Joshua took home the coveted Golden Dhow Award, presented by Showmax, along with a $3000 cash prize. The film also won the SIGNIS Award for Best African Film. South African short film The Hangman, directed by Zwelethu Radebe won the Sembene Ousmane Award and Best Short Film.
At this event, the various juries presented all of its awards, from the annual Silver and Golden Dhows to a host of new awards including the Trace Mziki East African Music Video Award and the Adiaha Award for Best Female African Documentary Filmmaker.
After eight days filled with film screenings, over 15 different workshop programmes, live music, and ZIFF’s first film and TV market SOKO FILAM, ZIFF 2017 was a major success, appreciated both by the hundreds of industry players in attendance, as well as audiences from across the globe.
Over 50 filmmakers in attendance from over 12 countries were joined by more than 100 SOKO FILAM delegates, as well as workshops facilitators and jury members from around the world. ZIFF’s Chief Guest, US-based producer Dexter Davis conducted a three-day workshop that culminated in a pitching competition for African filmmakers.
Davis announced a prize for the winning pitch of between $50 -200,000 to produce the feature film. The winner of the competition was Amy Lusekelo from Tanzania.ZIFF also announced the dates and theme for the festival 2018, that will take place from July 7th – 15th with the theme Speak Up and Say It! Sema na Usikike.
There are times when silence speaks very loud but most of the time when we do not speak we lose more than sound. When we speak up it is because we feel that silence will not do. We speak up to stand for what we believe in and we speak up to stand for others. We often speak up because we can no longer stand silent when we see oppression taking place. But speaking up requires courage, consistence and taking position.
Through film we can speak up and let all those who see a movie or hear about it know that we can never be silenced.