The annual Zimbabwe International Film Festival is back following a one year break.
The festival, which will be running for the 15th time since its establishment in 1997, failed to take place last year due to lack of funding.
ZIFF acting director Nigel Munyati explains: “The ZIFF Trust had suffered from a bad image which led to funders shying away from sponsoring the festival last year.” He said things are now back in order after the appointment of a new board encompassing people well versed in the industry including theatre guru Daves Guzha, Steve Chigorimbo, Solomon Maramba and Dan Jawitz among others.
“Because of the lack of sufficient funds we are not having shows in Chitungwiza, Bulawayo, Norton and Chitungwiza which are our traditional outreach venues. The festival will also be running smaller than usual in terms of the number of days but I’m sure we will make a huge impact,” said Munyati.
This year’s festival will run from December 10 to 14 under the theme Retrospect: Looking back through independent eyes. “We are basically looking back at film making in Zimbabwe since 1980. We have had a lot of highs in the industry,” Munyati explained.
He added that the industry had developed to the extent that international filmmakers came to the country to shoot world class movies such as Cry Freedom and King Solomon’s Mines. “People like Denzel Washington, Nicolas Cage and Morgan Freeman actually found fame after shooting in the country,” he said.
The festival will have screenings at the Zimbabwe German Society and the ZIFF offices in Kensington free of charge. Other events include film workshops with young filmmakers and symposiums with government and corporate representatives.
Check out the programme here.