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Entries for Zimbabwe Film Festival 2023 end August 31

*Festival’s theme ‘ASPIRATION5’ from Africa Union’s ‘Agenda 2063’

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SUBMISSION of entries for the 2023 Zimbabwe International Film Festival, ZIFF23, will close on August 31, according to the latest announcement by the organisers.

Holding October 2-7 in Harare, the festival in its 23rd year, is dotting on the theme, ‘ASPIRATION5’, which according to the Festival, Dave Guzha, is “derived from the African Union’s AGENDA 2063; a strategic framework for the transformation of Africa into a prosperous, peaceful, and integrated continent by 2063.”

“AGENDA 2063 consists of 7 Aspirations of which ASPIRATION 5 envisions an Africa with a strong cultural identity, a common heritage, shared values and ethics,” explained Guzha, a famous Zim actor, director, producer, and creative entrepreneur.

“It promotes identity, heritage, respect for religious diversity and the consciousness of African people and her diaspora.”


• Reviving and promoting African languages,
• Promoting African cultural heritage,
• Promoting African values and ethics,
• Integrating culture into development, and
• Empowering women and youth

“ZIFF 2023″ is now open and filmmakers from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the African Diaspora are encouraged to submit their films, particularly films that relate to and explore the theme,” continued, Guzha, former president of Arterial Network, the network of African artists, artists ‘associations and creative entrepreneurs, and current Chairman of the AU PACC5 (Pan African Cultural Congress Bureau 5).

Dave Guzha

Urging filmmakers from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the African Diaspora to submit their films, particularly films that relate to and explore the theme, Guzha said the festival’s programme outline will include a conference to unpack Aspiration 5 of the Agenda 2063. It will feature a number of speakers, including filmmakers, academics, policymakers, and youth. Focus will be on the role of film in promoting African culture, the challenges facing the African film industry, and the future of African cinema.

Rules & Terms

Only those films that meet the following conditions may be considered for selection:
• Films must have been produced within the past 2 years preceding the Festival
• It is necessary that films have not been publicly presented in Zimbabwe
• Films that have neither been presented in television nor on the Internet/VOD without geoblocking.
• Films length:
Feature film – exceeding 60 minutes in length; Short film – up to 60 minutes in length;

Awards and Prizes
There will also be the presentation of awards and prizes to entries that excel in the different categories of the festival’s ‘In Competition’ categories that would feature “films shown during the festival only.”
1. Best Original Screenplay
2. Best Costume Design
3. Best Makeup and Hairstyling
4. Best Original Score
5. Best Production Design
6. Best Sound Editing
7. Best Visual Effects
8. Best Cinematography
9. Best lighting design
10. Best Soundtrack
11. Best Animated (Feature)
12. Best Animated (Short Film)
13. Best Documentary Feature
14. Best Documentary – Short Feature
15. Best Short Film
16. Best Actor in a Leading Role (Feature Film)
17. Best Actress in a Leading Role (Feature Film)
18. Best Supporting Actor (Feature Film)
19. Best Supporting Actress (Feature Film)
20. Best Director
21. Best Production

About ZIFF: The Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) is committed to positively impacting the global landscape through stories and perspectives of Africans using film. It is a 100% Pan-African festival that showcases films from Africa, Afro-Descendants, Africans in the diaspora and the host nation Zimbabwe. The 2023 edition of ZIFF will be held from 2 to 7 October 2023 under the theme “ASPIRATION5”, the first in The Africa We Want Season of festivals the organization plans to run. The theme is inspired by Aspiration 5 of African Union’s AGENDA 2063: The Africa We Want, which calls for an Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values, and ethics.

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