The Zanzibar International Film Festival 2014 will present and exciting range of special programmes, workshops, world premieres, director forums, discussions and awards. With its biggest and most impressive line-up to date, ZIFF 2014 promises more than ever for fans of film, music and culture.

World and African Premieres

79 films will be screened in the 10-day festival foregrounding films from Africa and the Dhow countries and spiced up by award winning film from international film festivals.
The films come from 35 countries with 38 short films, 23 feature length films and 18 documentaries.

There will also be two World Premieres taking place during ZIFF with Sean Hodgkinson (Trinidad & Tobago) hosting the World Premiere of his film A Story About Wendy 2. This film is the follow up to the first short comedy that gained international acclaim.  The 2nd premiere reflects the undying links of culture that ZIFF has with the East African Community, with Malawi’s Bela continuing in the path forged some years ago with Malawi’s first major feature film Seasons of Life.

ZIFF Welcomes Top Filmmakers

ZIFF will welcome over two dozen filmmakers from around the world who will present their works as well as host workshops. A special Script Writing Workshop to be facilitated by UK’s top filmmakers Special Guest Director Nick Broomfield (Big and Tupac) will also take place. Visiting directors will also include Biyi Bandele the Director of the acclaimed Half a Yellow Sun which premiered in 2013 at the Toronto Film Festival and was included in the Official Selection for festivals including Dubai, London and Gothenburg.

Also attending ZIFF this year and joining Biyi ina running Script Writing Workshops will be Don Edkins from South Africa. Edkins is a well-known documentary filmmaker and producer. The 15 workshop trainees will come from the 5 countries of the East African community. ZIFF is also proud to welcome Sadegh Daghighi from Iran. His 2013 film, Little Hero about the Iran / Iraq war is the latest in over 300 documentary and short films he has produced.
Other filmmakers attending the festival include:

Biyi Bandele (Nigeria) – Half a Yellow Sun
Richard Pakleppa (South Africa) – Taste of Rain / Body Games
Don Edkins (South Africa)
Marc Hoerferlin (UK)
Nick Broomfield (UK)
Hilda Ngania (Tanzania) – He Hurts me
Gilbert Ndahayo (Rwanda) The Rwandan Night
Eva Knopf (Germany) Majib’s Reise
Max Reid (Tanzania – The Kiss
Justin Bitagoye (Burundi) – Rwegasore
Morten Vest (Germany) – Welcome to Loliondo
Owen Beck (Cambodia) – Bngvel
Mathiass Luthardt (Germany) White Shadow
Sadegh Daghighi (Iran) Little Hero
Yahya Bozi KIbambe (Tanzania) – Little Town Bagamoyo
Michael Adeyemi (UK) Sodiq
Aylin Basaran (USA) Being There
Sean Hodgkinson (Trinidad & Tobago) – A Story About Wendy 2
Ntare Mwine (USA/ Uganda) Kuhani
David Cecil (Uganda) – Byebye Muzungu
Liliane Mutuyimane (Rwanda) Strength in Fear
Cedric Ido (Burkino Faso) Twaaga
Anaeli Kihunrwa (Tanzania) Dukuduku
David Charles Smith (USA) One Step Beyond


Women’s Panorama
Over the years, ZIFF has used the platform of the Women’s Panorama to highlight and address pertinent gender, – health and social issues. The Panorama therefore becomes a medium of Women’s Power and Visibility. The Women’s Panorama commonly comprises of a series of workshops, seminars and symposia organized and centred on the visibility of women in and through the medium of cinema, the arts and the media.


Online Ticket Purchases
To ensure that visitors are able to get their tickets in time and conveniently ZIFF has entered into an agreement with 3G Directpay, which will provide with the online payment service for the nine-day bounty of special programming and festivities. Passes will be available for purchase at