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 is one of the largest multi-disciplinary art and cultural festival in Africa dedicated to films, music and different form of art.

Each year ZIFF exhibits films from Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, USA and Asia.

The 21th Edition of ZIFF will take place 7th -15th July, 2018 in Stone town, Zanzibar.

The theme of the Festival is Speak Up and Make it Heard - Sema na Usikike
The priority is given to films from Africa and by Africans including African Diaspora.

ZIFF is also the festival of the Dhow Countries so it opens to films from the region – South East Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, The Persian Gulf, Iran, Pakistan, and the Indian Ocean Islands. These films have their category and prizes in the competition

ZIFF also reserves the right to accept any films with a specific interest to the festival. We encourage filmmakers to submit works in any genre, features, documentaries, shorts, animation, TV series and music videos.

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 (by Trace TV)
Best TV Series
Best East Africa Video Music
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 in competition must be directed or produced from 2016. Work in Progress can be submitted but must be finished by May 2018.