Ethiopian Films News

New ZIFF award dedicated to East African filmmakers

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF),  in partnership with the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival, the Afrika Filmfestival of Leuven and the Verona African Film Festival, has announced an European African Film-Festivals Award - a special prize dedicated to East African filmmakers. 

The award will provide financial support to East African filmmakers based in Africa and around the world, selected in competition every year at ZIFF. During ZIFF 2015, a special jury composed of members from the affiliated European African Film Festivals will be convened for the award.

Additionally, the film that wins this award will be shown at the three European festivals in the following year, providing opportunities for the filmmakers to be promoted and profiled.

The award is also a way to remember and honour Guido Huysmans, a special friend of the festival who proposed the award in 2013 and unfortunately passed away on 1 August 2014.

To compete for the award, a film must:
- Have an East African director or producer
- Be longer than 40 minutes
- Have been produced within the last two years
- Have been selected for ZIFF 2015

Any film category including feature, animation, documentary and other genres are eligible to compete.