The Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) is the flagship programme of the Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust. The festival, first held in 1998, is a showcase of the best in film from Zimbabwe and around the world.

The 21st edition of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF), themed 'Owning Our Story’, with a special focus on “Narratives from Zimbabwe”, seeks to highlight the importance of telling stories with a Zimbabwean perspective and dealing with the Zimbabwean and African on the continent and in the Diaspora as Africa begins to play a larger role on the global stage.

We want to acknowledge the complexity and depth of Africans and African descendants' heritage, which is deeply rooted in mythology, tradition, and history, while becoming the true custodians and guardians of our narratives.

ZIFF has now opened its doors and filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films, with the two competitive categories being the Hi5 Competition and the Smartphone Short Film Competition, both under the theme “My Heritage”


1. Eligibility:
1.1. The Hi5 Short Film Competition is open to all Zimbabweans resident in Zimbabwe.

1.2. The Smartphone Short Film Competition is open to filmmakers aged 14 to 34 years, resident in Zimbabwe.

2. DEADLINE: Entrants must submit their films by midnight (Zimbabwean local time) on Friday 19 November 2021.

3. Competition participation is free of charge.

4. Only one film per entrant will be accepted.

5. For the Smartphone Short Film Competition, the film MUST be shot using a Smartphone.

6. Films must not exceed 5 minutes, including credits.

7. All genres accepted.

8. Entries must be based on the theme “My Heritage”.

9. The Film must not contain political or religious content; nor promote any politician or political party, religious organisation or religious leader.

10. Any entry that at the discretion of the Promoters is deemed to be defamatory or discriminatory will be disqualified.

11. It is permissible to use any software for editing, post-production or treatment of images.

12. It is permissible to use external devices for audio recording.

13. Films can be in any of the Official Zimbabwean languages (Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sign Language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa).

14. Films can be in any one of the following video formats: MP4, AVI, WMV.

15. Films can be submitted on any of the following:

15.1. Physically Delivered on memory device (USB drive) to:
• Zimbabwe International Film & Festival Trust, 2 Canterbury Road, Kensington, Harare.

15.2. or Electronically by Wetransfer ( to:

15.3. By using the FilmFreeway or Google Forms (links provided on )

16. Films must be entrant’s own original work and must not have been previously published or distributed in any form.

17. The work must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity.

18. Entrant must have permission from all individuals featured in the film and all individuals must have been made aware of entry to the competition.

19. Any issue(s) that may arise due to the infringement of copyrights is the entrant’s sole responsibility. The Promoters will not be responsible for any infringement of copyrights.

20. Entrant is responsible for ensuring all relevant permits have been obtained when developing the film.

21. Entrant consents to grant free, non-exclusive, unlimited online and broadcast use of work submitted to the Promoters for non-commercial information and promotional purposes.

22. Entrant shall indemnify the Promoters from any third-party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any damages, liabilities and costs related to or arising out of breach of any of the agreements of entrant hereunder.

23. The Festival Audience will vote for winning films at the festival screening venues and through the online viewing platforms.

24. Evaluation criteria: Storytelling, relevance to subject, cinematography (lighting/camera angle), film editing, sound and music.

25. Prizes for top 3 films (TBA)

26. The top 10 entrants will receive Mentorship and Content Development support to develop their film into 20- 30 minutes long short films.