The Zanzibar International Film Festival awarded its prestigious prizes in a glittering closing ceremony on Saturday night June 21st. In his speech as Festival Director and CEO of Ziff, Professor Martin Mhando had this to say:
ZIFF’s film culture has always focused on African and Dhow culture. ZIFF embraces its advocacy role and wants to continue to play its unique role to Zanzibar and African society and its needs. That is why ZIFF is such an unwieldy beast. But we love that beast for it allows and enables debate about points of views and it indeed provokes consequences.
During the ceremony the invited guests, including over 30 film directors and filmmakers from over a dozen countries were entertained by artists including King Maloo. Every year ZIFF awards a number of films in various categories.
The SIGNIS award is presented by the World Catholic Association for Communication, that has jury members in almost all the major festivals worldwide. It has been presented at ZIFF for the last 10 years. SIGNIS awards an award for Best Feature or Documentary African Film, and also presents The East African Talent Award to a talented and promising new director. The prize awarded is $1000.00.
EAST AFRICAN TALENT AWARD
O Espinho Da Rosa/ The Thorn Of The Rose
by Filipe Henriques
SEMBENE OUSMANE AWARDS
The Sembene Ousmane Award honours feature films, documentaries and short films on development in Africa. The Sembene Award jury is composed of East African Community and GIZ members.
Welcome to Loliondo
by Richard Pakleppa & Matthias Rohrig Assuncao
(Namibia / Brasil / South Africa)
ZUKU BONGO MOVIES AWARDS
This year ZUKU will also award Bongo Movie Awards in honour of the Tanzanian Film Industry.
ZUKU PEOPLE CHOICE
for Kisate and Nguvu ya Imani
for Mimi na Mungu wangu
Issa Musa Cloud
BEST FEATURE FILM
The ZIFF jury awards Golden Dhows for films in the following categories: – Best Feature Film, Best East African Film, Best Documentary, Best Short / Animation. The ZIFF Jury will also award the Silver Dhow to a film considered a runner up to Best Feature Film. The Chairman’s Award, this year known as the Bi Kidude Award, will go to the filmmaker who has shown an acute portrayal of a contemporary issue in a balanced manner. Additional awards include The Lifetime Achievement Award. ZIFF 2014 congratulates all the award winners as well as commending all the filmmakers who participated in this year’s festival.
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
BI KIDUDE – CHAIRMAN AWARD
Sobukwe: A Great Soul
Mickey Madoda Dube
BEST SHORT FILM
(India / Tanzania)
BEST EAST AFRICAN TALENT
The King’s Virgin
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
The Thorn of the Rose
BEST FEATURE FILM (SILVER DHOW)
The Thorn of the Rose – Espinho da Rosa
Filipe Henriques (Guinea Bissau)
BEST FEATURE FILM (GOLDEN DHOW)
Half of a Yellow Sun
Biyi Bandele (USA)