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The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) announced the official selection of films in competition for the upcoming 2018 festival taking place in various venues in and around Stone Town Zanzibar from July 7th – 15th, 2018.

This year saw a record number of entries across all categories with over 4,000 film submitted across the various entry platforms. This year also saw a marked increase in the amount of documentaries submitted, with over 800 being entered for consideration. With nearly 400 features being submitted, the selection process for 2018 was extremely difficult.

Entries were also received from all over the world with submissions coming from over 140 countries, with the USA and India leading the number of submissions. East African filmmakers have also shown amazing interest in ZIFF with Ugandan filmmakers submitting 55 films, 54 from Kenya, and Tanzania 31.

The films in selection cross a broad spectrum of topics and genres and represent over 40 countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Western Sahara, Niger, Iran, The United States, France, Ghana, Belgium, Tunisa, Swaziland, India, United Kingdom and many more.

Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo had this to say of the selection process and the final line-up: “The sheer number of film submissions for ZIFF 2018 was a surprise.  It is rewarding to see how much our Festival is growing and is attracting so many filmmakers around the world, but especially from our continent. We tried to stick close to our theme for this year, celebrating the courage of many filmmakers who are telling the truth and speaking out for positive change in this world. Surely, some films selected will shake the power systems and old mentalities and that is what cinema is all about, challenging perceptions and imagining a different world

Finally, I’m glad to see the potentiality of the cinema industry in East Africa, and I have to mention particularly the creativity of young Tanzanian filmmakers that through their short films are truly showing the new wave of cinema in Tanzania. We invite all cinema lovers to join us this year in Zanzibar!”

FEATURE FILMS

FILMSCountryCategoryDirectors
18 HoursKenyaMain CompetitionNjue Kevin
BahashaTanzaniaMain CompetitionJohn Riber/Jordan Riber
BalonItaly/SierraleoneInternationalPasquale Scimeca
Days of NightTanzaniaSwahili CompNilesh Bhatt
FatumaTanzaniaHors CompetitionJordan Riber
GolnesaIran, Islamic Republic ofDhow CulturesSATTAR CHAMANI GOL
HakkundeNigeriaMain CompetitionAsurf oluseyi
KasalaNigeriaMain CompetitionEMA EDOSIO
LiyanaSwazilandMain CompetitionAaron Kopp
Love and ShuklaIndiaDhow CulturesJATLA  SIDDARTHA
MajanIranDhow Cultures 
SafariTanzaniaMain CompetitionFreddy Feruzi
SegereTanzaniaMain Competitiontakura maurayi
Supa ModoKenyaMain Competition 
The CutKenyaMain CompetitionPeter Wangugi Gitau
The Desert VoicesMoroccoMain CompetitionDaoud AOULAD-SYAD
The ForbiddenUgandaMain CompetitionKizito Samuel Saviour
The Great MuseSaud ArabiaDhow Cultures/InternationalBentley Brown
The Wedding RingNigerMain CompetitionRahmatou Keita
When I become a ButterflyIranDhow Cultures 

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

FILMSCountryCategoryDirectors
3 Stolen CamerasWestern SaharaDoc InternationalRåFILM, Equipe Media
A Memory In Three ActsMozambiqueDocInadelso Cossa
Afia Attack: Trading Behind Enemy LineNigeriaDocUjuaku Akukwe
BirdsAlgeriaDocBerkri Salima Louisa
BURKINABÈ RISING: the art of resistance in Burkina FasoBurkina FasoDoc InternationalIara Lee
Children of Drum: The Legacy of Black Journalists in Apartheid-era South AfricaUSA/SA/SPAINDoc InternationalLarry Tung
Common Threads-Fabrics from India for AfricaIndiaDhow Cultures 
dancedance/RE♦VOLUTIONSouth AfricaDoc 
Effata RoadItalyDoc International 
FearlessUnited StatesDoc InternationalJasmine Cannon, Branden Hampton, Yingxu Jane Hao
Ghana for youBelgium/GhanaDocAdams Mensah
I am SheriffSouthafricaDoc 
In the name of Your DaughterCanada/TanzaniaDoc InternationalGiselle Portenier
Kimpa Vita: The Mother of the African RevolutionDRC/AngolaDocNE KUNDA NLABA
Kinshasa MakamboDRCDocDieudo Hamadi
Making Ends MeetZimbabweDocThomas Muziyirwa
New MoonKenyaDocPhilippa Ndisi-Herrmann
Nice Very NiceAlgeriaDocEl Kheyer Zidani
OwinoSpain/KenyaDoc InternationalJavier Marín, Yusuf Razzaque
Poetry is My RifleBrazilDoc InternationalFernando Salinas, Victor Hugo Liporage
SILAS: No more business as usualLiberia/Kenya/USADoc 
Sing it Loud – Luthers Heirs in TanzaniaGermanyDoc InternationalJulia Irene Peters, Co Director: Jutta Feit
SkullsSouth Africa/Germany/NamibiaDocVincent Moloi
The Flesh BusinessKenyaDocDenis Wanjohi Maina
Vivre RicheFrance/Ivory CoastDocJoël Akafou
VoodooUSADocDjimon Hounsou
Wahenga (The Ancestors)TanzaniaDocAmil Issa Shivji, Rebecca Corey
Who Am IKenyaDocNick Reding, Wanuri Kahiu
Your Music Your VoiceUgandaDocEdmond Tamale
Zone-III (3)Central African RepublicDoc InternationalPascale SERRA

SHORT FILMS

FILMSCountryCategoryDirectors
15minutesDRCShortSady
Al Sheikh NoelIraqDhow Culturesaad al-essamy
AntananarivoMadagascarShortHaminiaina Ratovoarivony
Are You Volleyball?!IranDhow CultureMohammad Bakhshi
ArmstrongNigeriaShortOmoruyi Irabor
AyaTunisiaShortMoufida Fedhila
Blind DateSouth AfricaShortFanyana Hlabangane
BoxedKenya/USAShortWanjiru Njendu
Broken DreamTanzaniaShortFrancis Nyerere
Calling The StarsEthiopiaShortAdanech Admassu
CarverRwandaShortAlexandre Sibomana
CLENCH – Life of a CreativeKenyaShortMark Ayabei
FigureUnited KingdomInternationalLanre Malaolu
Forgive Me, FatherUnited KingdomShortDoreen Nasimbwa
HatiaTanzaniaShortChristina Pande
Hatua kwa Hatua/Step by stepTanzaniaShort InternatinalJudith
I Know You Don’tIndiaDhow CultureVishal Ashok Jaiswal
IcyashaRwandaShortClementine Dusabejambo
ImaraKenya/RwandaShortSamuel Wanjohi
ImfuraSwitzerland/RwandaShortSamuel Ishimwe
In My Father’s VillageZimbabweShortTapiwa Kapuya
Kaniama Show ShortJacques-Henri
KuncupIndonesiaDhow CultureM. Myrdal Muda
KyenvuUgandaShortKemiyondo Coutinho
LeahTanzaniaShortEsther Mndeme
Les Cordes du Destin/Destiny’s Strings ShortLamia
Mma MoeketsiSouth AfricaShortRAE MOETI
MY CHILDRENTanzaniaShortLouis Shoo
Mzazi RafikiTanzaniaShortYaki Bozi
NeophobiaKenyaShortMark Maina
NjitiTanzaniaShortDorice Mollel
NomfundoSouth AfricaShortSihle Hlophe
PendoKenyaShortFaith Musembi
Raat (Night)PakistanDhow CultureAbdullah Waseem
Ranim/Escape ShortRim
SacrilègeSwitzerland/FranceInternationalChristophe M. Saber
sevgi dediğin/what you call love Short Internatinalfırat
Still Water Runs DeepUSA/NigeriaShortAbbesi Akhamie
SukariTanzaniaShortHatibu Madudu
TamalaTanzaniaShortGoodhope Elieskia
The Bad MexicanUgandaShortLoukman Ali
The Deep PlaceGhanaInternationalLindsay Branham , Andrew Michael Ellis
The IslandRwandaShortYuhi Amuli
The School BagIndiaDhow CultureDheeraj Jindal
Until The Silence ComesSouth AfricaShortPuleng Stewart, Jannous Aukema
Versnel ShortDian
VisionsNigeriaShortAbba T. Makama, C.J. Obasi, Michael Gouken Omonua
White on BlackSenegalShortSamba Diao, Francois Joannon
ZawadiTanzaniaShort InternatinalClotilde Bertet
Zenith ShortElianette Foumbi

AFRICAN ANIMATION FILMS

FILMSCountryCategoryDirectors
“CRUSH”Nigeria Stephen
A Kalabanda Ate My HomeworkUganda Raymond Malinga
Belly FlopSouth Africa  
DAWN OF THUNDERNigeria Kolawole
Enjoying SongsMadagascar Sitraka
GOT FLOWERS TODAYNigeria JIBRIL
Lullaby from the CryptSouth Africa Earle
NguemaTanzania  
The red butterflyTunisia Omar
TiraogoBurkina Faso André Daniel TAPSOBA

SWAHILI COMPETITION

FILMSCountry CategoryDirectors
BahashaFeatureTanzania 
Broken DreamShortTanzania 
Days of NightFeatureTanzania 
FatumaFeatureTanzania 
HatiaShortTanzania 
Hatua kwa HatuaShortTanzania 
LeahShortTanzania 
My ChildrenShortTanzania 
Mzazi RafikiShortTanzania 
NjitiShortTanzania 
PendoShortKenya 
SafariFeatureTanzania 
SegereFeatureTanzania 
SukariShortTanzania 
TamalaShortTanzania 
The CutFeatureKenya 
ZawadiShortTanzania
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