ZIFF’s vision is to promote the making, analysis and understanding of life affirming films. In that way we have a positive impact on media practitioners both here in the region and in Africa in general. Experienced and world-class mentors and trainers are often invited to impart their knowledge to skills-thirsty trainees.


Many East African filmmakers have become adept at using the high quality production afforded by current digital cameras like Canon 5D and 7D. However many camera people do not push the capacities of the cameras. The workshop is intended to give professionals in the industry skills and knowledge in how to best utilise digital cameras beyond mere recording. Participants will be required to pay a subsidised fee of Tsh 250,000. Barry Bravermann of the Panasonic Training team will run this workshop.

Maisha Lab

The Maisha Lab is the most prominent screenwriting and film production lab in East Africa. We have collaborated with them over the last 7 years and another workshop will again be held during ZIFF 2016 to 15 scriptwriters from Tanzania. ZIFF will again assist Zanzibari scriptwriters to ensure there is a good representation of scriptwriters at this year’s workshop.


ZIFF has always acknowledged the crucial support of the corporate world in the growth of the film industry in the region. This is based on the fact that the five Partner States of the East African Community, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, share a common history and culture. ZIFF will host a 2-day workshop Swahili Films focusing on films made around the region in Kiswahili and the impact they have on society. This workshop is designed to enhance a common reflection on the regional film industry, to improve knowledge circulation and set up dialogues between industry practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders. Indeed this new developing architecture for the industry projects a new approach through which different players can interact in the value chain, with structures that are both socially as well as economically driven and remain transparent and efficient.


Intervention approaches reflect UZIKWASA’s  strong convictions about the critical roles of reflective learning, bottom up planning, collective implementation and monitoring, plus equitable relations in empowering women and men to take charge and drive their development for a better life. A two-day training program for Shehas in Zanzibar is planned to assist local leadership to see the potential they have to affect change in a fairly conservative society beset with glaring social problems. Through working with open boundaries and sharing the learning from innovative grass root  intervention models with a growing number of likeminded partners, UZIKWASA seeks to contribute to  a growing  movement for transformation  that will  eventually reach   out to a large number of  rural communities in Tanzania.