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:
- Selection of 12 short films made by film students
- Screening of the selected films in a competitive section during ZIFF 2017
- Special Jury Prize allocated to choose the winning film (s)
- Students who attend ZIFF will be participating to master classes, reserved workshops and organized meetings organized during ZIFF 20th for them.
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
- Acting Workshop: Two top professional actors from the Nigerian Nollywood industry will lead a workshop for actors and actresses. There are a variety of skills that need to be mastered to achieve believable and emotive performances.
- The Role of Music in Film: Rashid Lanie, an award-winning composer from South Africa will lead this important workshop on the use and composition of music for film.
- Graphics for Film: Trailers, titles, credits, posters and merchandise. Erik Tak (Cameroun) and other experts in the field will lead this workshop.
- Documentary Filmmaking: To empower young film makers, journalists and media professionals to tell meaningful stories about society and develop their career in film production and the media.
Important information to note:
- Ziff will try assist in the cost of accommodation for the students whose films are selected and who are able to attend.
- ZIFF will facilitate the search of partners who could facilitate travel expenses but cannot guarantee that travel expenses are covered for selected films.
- Entry is free - contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deadline is 1 June 2017
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 email@example.com.
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.
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