The Zanzibar International Film Festival is currently accepting applications from filmmakers from around the world according to different categories of competition.

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is East Africa’s largest film and arts festival, exhibiting the latest and best films and promoting film talents from across the African continent and beyond.

The 22nd Edition of ZIFF will take place 6th -14th July, 2019 in Stone town, Zanzibar.

The theme of the festival is ‘New Dawn’ and will prioritise African cinema and cinema from the African diaspora, with the intention of celebrating Pan-African ideals within the creative industries.

ZIFF is also the festival of the Dhow Countries so also opens the call to films from the region, this includes, – South East Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, The Persian Gulf, Iran, Pakistan, and the Indian Ocean Islands.

Best Feature film
Best Short film
Best Documentary
Best Feature from Dhow Countries
Best Short from Dhow Countries
Best Film from International
Best African Animation
Best East African Film
Best TV Series
Best East Africa Video Music (by Trace TV)
Best WEB Series

Chairperson’s or Bibi Kidude Award
ZIFF Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sembene Ousmane Prize for the 3 best short films made by an African or an African in the Diaspora.
Swahili Movies Awards: Films in Kiswahili
Emerson of Zanzibar Prize Films: Films of all genres about Zanzibar, made by or made in Zanzibar.
SIGNIS Awards: Best African Film and Best East African Talent Award
EAFF Award : (European African Film Festival)
Adiaha Award: for BEST DOCUMENTARY by an African Female Filmmaker


• Films entered can be of any theme or genre; fiction, documentary, animation or experimental, and shot in any format.

• Films in competition must be directed or produced from 2017. Work in Progress can be submitted but must be finished by May 2019.

• Applicants may submit more than one film.

• We will only accept films in English or with English subtitles (the dialogue could be in any language). Applicants are responsible for all translation and subtitling. Any film received which is either not in English or does not have English subtitles will be ineligible for the competition.