Zanzibar Film Festival 2017 Nominees

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The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) has announced its official selection of films for competition and screening at this year’s event taking place from July 8 th -16 th in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo highlighted that this year’s selection process was difficult due to the incredible amount of submissions, over 600, and the impressive caliber and quality of the films across the genres of documentary, feature, and short.

“ It has been really hard to make a selection from so many submissions to our festival. But the great amount of good films from all over the world is also a sign of how much ZIFF is considered one of the greatest festival in the African continent and internationally …

Filmmakers from over 70 countries submitted films and amongst those countries represented in the final selection are Kenya, Canada, Spain, France, South Africa, Tanzania, India, Australia, the United States, Nigeria, Rwanda, Brasil, Ghana, Chad, Uganda, Mozambique, Hungary, the UK, and Ethiopia amongst others.

Films will compete across various categories including the official ZIFF awards of the Golden Dhow, the Sembene Ousmane Award, Best African Film, The Adiaha Award for Best African Female Documentary Filmmaker, Best International Film, Best Film from the DhowCountries, the Emerson of Zanzibar award and the Trace East African Music Award amongst a host of others.

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The honour of the ZIFF opening night this year will see the World Premiere of the Tanzanian comedic feature film T- Junction directed by Amil Shivji. The film includes some new acting faces and is an honest and amusing look at modern urban life in Tanzania.

The film stars Magdalena Christopher and Hawa Ally as the two girls at the centre of the story. Other highlights in the selection include Mbithi Masya’s poetic feature film. 

OPENING FILM

T-JUNCTION

Tanzania – 2017
1h40min

Directed by
Amil Shivji

 

After the passing of her estranged father, Fatima makes an unlikely friend at a hospital, Maria. Bound by pain, Fatima keeps coming back to hear Maria’s tale of the T-junction where she found love and loss in a ragtag community.

  1. LONG FEATURE FICTION – SELECTION

 

1 ESCAPE african AGNIESZKA PIOTROWSKA,
JOE NJAGU
United Kingdom
ZIMBABWE
2 PILI international LEANNE WELHAM United Kingdom
3 MAWLANA african MAGDY AHMED ALI Egypt
4 VAYA african AKIN OMOTOSO South Africa
5 KATI KATI african MBITHI MASY Kenya
6 JUST NOT MARRIED african UDUAK-OBONG PATRICK Nigeria
7 CALL ME THIEF african DAVID MAX BROWN South Africa
8 THE CITIZEN  international ROLAND VRANIK Hungary
9 KATUTURA     african FLORIAN SCHOTT Namibia
10 THE TRAIN OF SALT AND SUGAR    african LICINIO AZEVEDO Mozambique
11 THE LUCKY SPECIALS african REA RANGAKA South Africa
12 HALF TICKET dhow culture G. V. PRAKASH KUMAR India
13 SHAB dhow culture  ONIR India
14 WALLAY african  BERNIE GOLDBLAT Burkina Faso / Swiss
15 RABIDITY     dhow culture AMIR AHMAD ANSARI Iran
16 THE CURSED ONES african NANA OBIRI-YEBOAH,
MAXIMILIAN CLAUSSEN
UK / GHANA
17 NGO african  ARNOLD AGANZE Uganda
18 BLACK BELGIAN african  JEAN LUC HABYARIMANA Uganda
19 HADITHI ZA KUMEKUCHA: TUNU african  JOHN RIBER USA/Tanzania
20 ROAD TO SUNRISE african CHARLES SHEMU JOYAH Malawi
21 KIUMENI bongo ERNEST NAPOLEON Tanzania
22 HOME COMING bongo  SEKO SHAMTE Tanzania
23 USIKU WA KIZA bongo Tanzania
24 KEEPING PROMISES bongo Tanzania
25 MR. KIONGOZI bongo Tanzania
26 KITAA bongo Tanzania
27 STOLEN SOULS bongo Tanzania
28 GENGE bongo Tanzania
29 WULU african DAOUDA COULIBALY Mali
30 GATE KEEPER bongo Tanzania
31 T-JUNCTION african AMIL SHIVJI Tanzania
32 WOVEN african SALOME MULUGETA ( ); NAGWA IBRAHIM ( ); Ethiopia
33 THE INNER STRUGGLE international MAN AHLIN DENMARK
34 KONYE: ORDER FROM ABOVE african STEVE AYENI Uganda

SHORT FILM

1 WHEN I WAS A CHILD INTERNATIONAL ELENA MOLINA Spain
2 YAADIKOONE INTERNATIONAL MARC PICAVEZ France
3 VINDICTE AFRICAN ANGE-RÉGIS HOUNKPATIN France
4 KALEIDOSCOPE AFRICAN MARTIN GITHINJI Kenya
5 CREAM AFRICAN PALESA LEBONA South Africa
6 VOICE FROM 10,000 MILES AFRICAN OLUWADAMILOLA OSHODI Australia
7 KIPAWA INTERNATIONAL ELIZABETH HANSEN United States
8 KOKOTA: THE ISLET OF HOPE EMERSON PRIZE CRAIG  NORRIS Canada
9 PURPOSE AFRICAN VICTOR OKOYE Nigeria
10 A MAN’S STORY INTERNATIONAL FERNANDO ARRIOJA Canada
11 THE GOLDFISH WHO SWAM OUT OF THE FISHBOWL DHOW CULTURE TATHAGATA GHOSH India
12 MAMAN(S) AFRICAN MAÏMOUNA  DOUCOURÉ France
13 #ALAKSHA DHOW CULTURE PUSHPAK JAIN India
14 M-001 AFRICAN FRANCK A. ONOUVIET Gabon
15 LODGERS AFRICAN KENI OGUNLOLA Nigeria
16 CHEUSI DAWA AFRICAN TOM JOHNS Tanzania
17 KEEPING THE BEAT EMERSON PRIZE GERAINT HILL United Kingdom
18 INDULGE ME AFRICAN IAN KITHINJI Kenya
19 THE PHOTOGRAPH AFRICAN RAHUL KUMAR SIGNH Tanzania
20 HOODED AFRICAN NJOKI MBUTHIA Kenya
21 HAIR THAT MOVES AFRICAN YOLANDA MOGATUSI South Africa
22 DAYMANE TOURS AFRICAN PEPIANG TOUFDY Chad
23 MARIA AFRICAN KAMAU WANDUNGU Kenya
24 BASTIEN AFRICAN WELKET BUNGUÉ Brazil
25 IT WORKS AFRICAN MUNEZERO EMMANUEL Rwanda
26 CHASE AFRICAN OTUTU BABAJIDE Nigeria
28 THE FLESH OF THE HISTORY AFRICAN FABIENNE KANOR USA
29 BLACK HEAD COW AFRICAN ELIZABETH NICHOLS Tanzania/Uk
30 AZAAD DHOW CULTURE RAHUL V. CHITTELLA India
31 BODA BODA AFRICAN JOSEPH KITSHA Uganda
32 NUBUKE AFRICAN BISMARK ARYEE Ghana
33 FREE BASICS DHOW CULTURE AMITABH AURORA India
34 SIX TO SIX AFRICAN  MIA CILLIERS South Africa
35 DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE AFRICAN SHOLA AMOO UK
36 GERRETA AFRICAN MANTEGAFTOT SILESHI SIYOUM Ethiopia
37 YAA AFRICAN ESI YAMOAH Ghana
38 MR.ABILITY AFRICAN OKUYO JOEL ATIKU PRYNCE Uganda
39 IBANGA RY’UMUNEZERO (THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS) AFRICAN  MUTIGANDA WA NKUNDA Rwanda
40 SANTA KLAUS DARK SIDE AFRICAN  LAURENT PANTALÉON Reunion Island
41 THE HANGMAN AFRICAN  DUMISANI MVUMVU South Africa
42 THE VIRGIN VEGAN    AFRICAN  REA MOETI South Africa
43 AFRO PUNK GIRL AFRICAN  ANNETTA LAUFER South Africa
44 NECTAR AFRICAN  MIREMBE DOREEN Uganda
45 ELEVEN PERCENT  AFRICAN MAKELA PUPULU RDC/South Africa
46 GIVE A MAN A MASK AND HE WILL TELL YOU THE TRUTH INTERNATIONAL ERIC GAUSS
ODETTE VAN RENSBURG
USA/ ZIMBABWE
47 HARTOM INTERNATIONAL  ARKUS Abu Dhabi
48 WATU WOTE – ALL OF US AFRICAN  KATJA BENRATH Kenya
49 SAUTI YA KUNESA AFRICAN Tanzania
50 HOFU AFRICAN Tanzania
51 KIJANA WA ZANZIBAR AFRICAN Tanzania
52 BINTI ZANZIBAR AFRICAN Tanzania
53 JESHI LA MASHUJAA AFRICAN Tanzania
54 AS WE SEE IT AFRICAN South Africa

DOCUMENTARY

1 L’AFRICAIN QUI VOULAIT VOLER AFRICAN SAMANTHA BIFFOT 70 Gabon
2 CASAMANCE: LA BANDA SONORA DE UN VIAJE. INTERNATIONAL PALOMA ZAPATA 93 Spain
3 UPRIZE! AFRICAN SIFISO KHANYILE 58 South Africa
4 UHURU INTERNATIONAL TOM GENTLE 60 United Kingdom
5 BLOCK 5 AFRICAN MOLATELO MAINETJE 52 South Africa
6 GILBERTE’S WORLD AFRICAN DAVID MASTERWILLE 94 Ghana
7 STRONGER THAN BULLETS INTERNATIONAL MATTHEW MILLAN 88 United States
8 ARTS OF THE MONSOON EMERSON PRIZE DODGE BILLINGSLEY 58 United States
9 NAIJA BETA INTERNATIONAL ARTHUR MUSAH 50 United States
10 GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIANE BADGLEY 65 United States
11 WINNIE AFRICAN PASCALE LAMCHE 98 South Africa
12 WHITE POTION AFRICAN ASH MSWAKI 78 Tanzania
13 TROUPES OF WAR AFRICAN DAVISON MUDZINGWA 63 Zimbabwe
14 KEEPERS OF THE GAME INTERNATIONAL JUDD EHRLICH 82 United States
15 NOMA INTERNATIONAL PABLO PINEDO 81 Spain
16 MALI BLUES INTERNATIONAL LUTZ GREGOR 93 Germany
17 SOMEBODY CLAP FOR ME INTERNATIONAL LUCIANA CECCATTO FARAH 74 Brazil
18 LES DEUX VISAGES D’UNE FEMME BAMILEKE AFRICAN ROSINE MBAKAM 76 Belgium
19 SINEMA UJAMAA AFRICAN SYMPHORIAN BELLEGHE AYLIN  BASARAN 80 Tanzania
20 PEOPLE AT SEA AFRICAN  DELPHINE ITAMBI 26 Cameroon
21 TOMORROW LAND DHOW CULTURE  SARVNAZ ALAMBEIGI 70 Iran
22 THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN INTERNATIONAL  JULIA DAHR 86 UK
23 WORKERS CUP DHOW CULTURE  ADAM SOBEL 89 UK
24 WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME INTERNATIONAL  NICK BROOMFIELD 105 UK
25 BLAXPLOITALIAN AFRICAN  FRED KOWORNU 60 Italy
26 MAMAN COLONELLE AFRICAN  DIEUDO HAMADI 72 RDCongo
27 THE LONGEST RACE INTERNATIONAL JAVIER TRIANA & RUBÉN SAN BRUNO 51 Spain
28 HOMELANDS INTERNATIONAL 71 Usa
29 SUBISOS’ HANDPRINT AFRICAN  Rratsheko MASHILO NTHITE 50 South Africa
30 SAMIRA EMERSON PRIZE  NINO TROPIANO 85 Italy / Zanzibar
31 SACRED WATERS INTERNATIONAL  OLIVIER JOURDAIN 55 Belgium
32 ISHYAKA, THE WILL TO LIVE AFRICAN  Joseph Bitamba 56 Rwanda
33 THE IVORY GAME INTERNATIONAL  Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani 120 USA
34 SON OF SIMBAD: THE CALL OF ZANZIBAR EMERSON PRIZE  Friedrich Kluetsch 45 Germany
35 JUST LIKE YOU – KAMA WEWE  AFRICAN  Nicholas Calvin Mwakatobe. Tanzania

ANIMATION

 

1 TIS INTERNATIONAL CHLOË LESUEUR ( ); France
2 RUMBO INTERNATIONAL AUGUSTO GOICOECHEA Uruguay
3 DENT DE LLEÓ INTERNATIONAL JORGE BELLVER Spain
4 A FUGA INTERNATIONAL DOUGLAS ALVES FERREIRA Brazil
5 ROGER INTERNATIONAL SONIA  CENDÓN QUIREZA
ARNAU  GÒDIA MONTESINOS
INGRID  MASARNAU AMORÓS
MARTÍ  MONTAÑOLA VILET
Spain
6 MTOTO UMLEAVYO NDIVYO AKUAVYO  

  

AFRICAN Tanzania
7 EDEM (SAVED ME) AFRICAN  ZENOCK G. AMPONSAH Ghana
8 TUNU NA KITO AFRICAN Tanzania
9 MKWAVINYIKA AFRICAN Tanzania

 

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