Zimbabwe International Film Festival Set For Mid-September As They Open Call For Submissions

Preparations for the 2022 edition of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival are underway and gathering momentum. Running from 14 to 17 September 2022, under the theme #Reconnecting, this year’s festival is their effort to reconnect with their partners and their audiences and help them reconnect to each other, as they emerge from the challenges of the past two years as a result of the global health crisis.

This year's festival programme will be a showcase of quality films from local, regional and international filmmakers and production houses, against the backdrop of workshops and activities lined up as follows:

Day 1 - Trade Day

Day 2 - Career Day

Day 3 - Industry Development (Film Forum) Day Day 4 - Fun Day/Reel Kidz Fiesta

The main festival activities will be at the ZIFFT Hub at 2 Canterbury Road, Kensington, Harare. They are also taking the Festival to several other venues around the country, as well as to the global audience, #Reconnecting with as many of the audiences and communities that have been part of ZIFF in the past while engaging with new audiences and talent.

Watch this space for more information. Be sure to visit their website, follow, like and share our social media pages to keep up to date with the various projects they're embarking on. Their Call for Submissions is now open and they look forward to receiving your films. You can find the full Submission Guidelines on the submission portal on FilmFreeway.

Awards & Prizes

Awards will be given to the winning ‘In Competition’ films (shown during the festival only) according to the following categories:

- Best International Feature 

- Best International Documentary 

- Best International Short

- Best African Feature 

- Best African Documentary 

- Best African Short

- Best Zimbabwe Feature 

- Best Zimbabwe Documentary 

- Best Zimbabwe Short 

- Best Short Film Project (SFP) Film 

- Best Zimbabwe Director 

- Best Zimbabwe Actor 

- Best Zimbabwe Actress 

Rules & Terms

Only those films that meet the following conditions may be considered for selection: 

• Films must have been produced within the past 3 years preceding the Festival 

• It is necessary that films have not been publicly presented in Zimbabwe 

• Films that have neither been presented on television nor on the Internet/VOD without geoblocking. 

• Films length: 

Feature film - exceeding 60 minutes in length; Short film - up to 60 minutes in length; 

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