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ZANZIBAR FILM FESTIVAL (article first published : 2002-01-6)

The Zanzibar International Film Festival was established in 1997 and is now considered East Africa's premier cultural event.

The festival, which takes place this year from June 28 to July 13, brings together cultures from all over Africa, the Gulf States, Iran, the Indian sub-continent and the islands of the Ocean itself, collectively known as the Dhow countries.

Taking the wind-powered dhow as its emblem, the festival concentrates on bringing the best of cinema, world music, performing and visual arts to the Zanzibar islands of Unguja and Pemba. Providing a platform for women's and children's issues and concerns to be aired and discussed alongside film industry seminars and workshops, the festival also hosts mini-festivals in villages all over the Zanzibar islands.

Over 100 films are screened and Gold and Silver Dhow Awards are given in three categories: Full-length Feature, Short Feature and Documentary, plus People's Choice and Chairman's Choice Awards. Deadline for film submission is May 1, 2002.

Contact Fiona Macalister on email: press@ziff.or.tz or visit www.ziff.or.tz Postal address: ZIFF, P.O. Box 3032, Zanzibar, Tanzania




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