The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is pleased to announce the official selection of films in competition for 2018. The festival will take 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!”

The official selection for Best Web, TV, and Student films will also be announced shortly. For more information please visit




FEATURE FILMS Country Category Directors
18 Hours Kenya Main Competition Njue Kevin
Bahasha Tanzania Main Competition John Riber/Jordan Riber
Balon Italy/Sierraleone International Pasquale Scimeca
Days of Night Tanzania Swahili Comp Nilesh Bhatt
Fatuma Tanzania Hors Competition Jordan Riber
Golnesa Iran, Islamic Republic of Dhow Cultures SATTAR CHAMANI GOL
Hakkunde Nigeria Main Competition Asurf oluseyi
Kasala Nigeria Main Competition EMA EDOSIO
Liyana Swaziland Main Competition Aaron Kopp
Love and Shukla India Dhow Cultures JATLA  SIDDARTHA
Majan Iran Dhow Cultures  
Safari Tanzania Main Competition Freddy Feruzi
Segere Tanzania Main Competition takura maurayi
Supa Modo Kenya Main Competition  
The  Cut Kenya Main Competition Peter Wangugi Gitau
The Desert Voices Morocco Main Competition Daoud AOULAD-SYAD
The Forbidden Uganda Main Competition Kizito Samuel Saviour
The Great Muse Saud Arabia Dhow Cultures/International Bentley Brown
The Wedding Ring Niger Main Competition Rahmatou Keita
When I become a Butterfly Iran Dhow Cultures  
3 Stolen Cameras Western Sahara Doc International RåFILM, Equipe Media
A Memory In Three Acts Mozambique Doc Inadelso Cossa
Afia Attack: Trading Behind Enemy Line Nigeria Doc Ujuaku Akukwe
Birds Algeria Doc Berkri Salima Louisa
BURKINABÈ RISING: the art of resistance in Burkina Faso Burkina Faso Doc International Iara Lee
Children of Drum: The Legacy of Black Journalists in Apartheid-era South Africa USA/SA/SPAIN Doc International Larry Tung
Common Threads-Fabrics from India for Africa India Dhow Cultures  
dancedance/RE♦VOLUTION South Africa Doc  
Effata Road Italy Doc International  
Fearless United States Doc International Jasmine Cannon, Branden Hampton, Yingxu Jane Hao
Ghana for you Belgium/Ghana Doc Adams Mensah
I am Sheriff Southafrica Doc  
In the name of Your Daughter Canada/Tanzania Doc International Giselle Portenier
Kimpa Vita: The Mother of the African Revolution DRC/Angola Doc NE KUNDA NLABA
Kinshasa Makambo DRC Doc Dieudo Hamadi
Making Ends Meet Zimbabwe Doc Thomas Muziyirwa
New Moon Kenya Doc Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann
Nice Very Nice Algeria Doc El Kheyer Zidani
Owino Spain/Kenya Doc International Javier Marín, Yusuf Razzaque
Poetry is My Rifle Brazil Doc International Fernando Salinas, Victor Hugo Liporage
SILAS: No more business as usual Liberia/Kenya/USA Doc  
Sing it Loud – Luthers Heirs in Tanzania Germany Doc International Julia Irene Peters, Co Director: Jutta Feit
Skulls South Africa/Germany/Namibia Doc Vincent Moloi
The Flesh Business Kenya Doc Denis Wanjohi Maina
Vivre Riche France/Ivory Coast Doc Joël Akafou
Voodoo USA Doc Djimon Hounsou
Wahenga (The Ancestors) Tanzania Doc Amil Issa Shivji, Rebecca Corey
Who Am I Kenya Doc Nick Reding, Wanuri Kahiu
Your Music Your Voice Uganda Doc Edmond Tamale
Zone-III (3) Central African Republic Doc International Pascale SERRA
15minutes DRC Short Sady
Al Sheikh Noel Iraq Dhow Culture saad al-essamy
Antananarivo Madagascar Short Haminiaina Ratovoarivony
Are You Volleyball?! Iran Dhow Culture Mohammad Bakhshi
Armstrong Nigeria Short Omoruyi Irabor
Aya Tunisia Short Moufida Fedhila
Blind Date South Africa Short Fanyana Hlabangane
Boxed Kenya/USA Short Wanjiru Njendu
Broken Dream Tanzania Short Francis Nyerere
Calling The Stars Ethiopia Short Adanech Admassu
Carver Rwanda Short Alexandre Sibomana
CLENCH – Life of a Creative Kenya Short Mark Ayabei
Figure United Kingdom International Lanre Malaolu
Forgive Me, Father United Kingdom Short Doreen Nasimbwa
Hatia Tanzania Short Christina Pande
Hatua kwa Hatua/Step by step Tanzania Short Internatinal Judith
I Know You Don’t India Dhow Culture Vishal Ashok Jaiswal
Icyasha Rwanda Short Clementine Dusabejambo
Imara Kenya/Rwanda Short Samuel Wanjohi
Imfura Switzerland/Rwanda Short Samuel Ishimwe
In My Father’s Village Zimbabwe Short Tapiwa Kapuya
Kaniama Show   Short Jacques-Henri
Kuncup Indonesia Dhow Culture M. Myrdal Muda
Kyenvu Uganda Short Kemiyondo Coutinho
Leah Tanzania Short Esther Mndeme
Les Cordes du Destin/Destiny’s Strings   Short Lamia
Mma Moeketsi South Africa Short RAE MOETI
MY CHILDREN Tanzania Short Louis Shoo
Mzazi Rafiki Tanzania Short Yaki Bozi
Neophobia Kenya Short Mark Maina
Njiti Tanzania Short Dorice Mollel
Nomfundo South Africa Short Sihle Hlophe
Pendo Kenya Short Faith Musembi
Raat (Night) Pakistan Dhow Culture Abdullah Waseem
Ranim/Escape   Short Rim
Sacrilège Switzerland/France International Christophe M. Saber
sevgi dediğin/what you call love   Short Internatinal fırat
Still Water Runs Deep USA/Nigeria Short Abbesi Akhamie
Sukari Tanzania Short Hatibu Madudu
Tamala Tanzania Short Goodhope Elieskia
The Bad Mexican Uganda Short Loukman Ali
The Deep Place Ghana International Lindsay Branham , Andrew Michael Ellis
The Island Rwanda Short Yuhi Amuli
The School Bag India Dhow Culture Dheeraj Jindal
Until The Silence Comes South Africa Short Puleng Stewart, Jannous Aukema
Versnel   Short Dian
Visions Nigeria Short Abba T. Makama, C.J. Obasi, Michael Gouken Omonua
White on Black Senegal Short Samba Diao, Francois Joannon
Zawadi Tanzania Short Internatinal Clotilde Bertet
Zenith   Short Elianette Foumbi
“CRUSH” Nigeria   Stephen
A Kalabanda Ate My Homework Uganda   Raymond Malinga
Belly Flop South Africa    
DAWN OF THUNDER Nigeria   Kolawole
Enjoying Songs Madagascar   Sitraka
Lullaby from the Crypt South Africa   Earle
Nguema Tanzania    
The red butterfly Tunisia   Omar
Tiraogo Burkina Faso   André Daniel TAPSOBA
Bahasha Feature Tanzania  
Broken Dream Short Tanzania  
Days of Night Feature Tanzania  
Fatuma Feature Tanzania  
Hatia Short Tanzania  
Hatua kwa Hatua Short Tanzania  
Leah Short Tanzania  
My Children Short Tanzania  
Mzazi Rafiki Short Tanzania  
Njiti Short Tanzania  
Pendo Short Kenya  
Safari Feature Tanzania  
Segere Feature Tanzania  
Sukari Short Tanzania  
Tamala Short Tanzania  
The Cut Feature Kenya  
Zawadi Short Tanzania  



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