Wednesday, July 6, 2016


This year ZIFF welcomes Valletta Film Festival that will be organizing an event that would bring together small-nations to discuss their film industries.  The plan is to make of this an annual event that would be open to the film professionals of countries with a population under 3 million.

The Zhejiang Normal University will be presenting a short discussion about the New Chinese Cinema focusing on training and opportunities in China and its focus on Africa. The presentation will be made by Dr Zhang Yong who has established a China-Africa Film Forum, and they are now planning on their 2nd Forum Conference for this year.

The Zayed University of Abu Dhabi will also make a presentation of their most recent short films produced by students of their prestigious film school in AbuDhabi.

The UNO office in Zanzibar will present a number of films about their activities in Tanzania highlight the 70 year history of the world organization.

Additionally there is a programme from the Film and Publications Board of South Africa and the Iran Cultural Centre, Dar es Salaam.


Monday 11th July, 2016:
14:00 – 17:00

CHINA: The Center for African Film and TV Studies of Zhejiang Normal University
FESPACO (Burkina Faso)

Tuesday 12th July, 2016:
14:00 – 17:00
Valletta Film Festival
The Islanders (Cinema of Small countries –

Socotra the Island ofDjinns by Marcela Lizcano

Isolated by Jordi Esteva

Wednesday 13th July, 2016:
14:00 – 17:00


Thursday 14th July, 2016:
14:00 – 17:00 
Zayed University – Abu Dhabi– ZUMEFF

The last Hour
 -by Roua Al Azzawi, 
Unfinished Tales – Fool’s Paradise                                 
by Hussam Ismail 
SAE Amman, Jordan
Et je vole  by Manon Nammour
Notre Dame University, Lebanon
Dreams in their Eyes 
by Abeer Al Marzouqi, Ayesha Al Ameri, Khawla Al Maamari
Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Final Chapter
by Mohamed Nizar Luqman & Saleh Bin Hallabi
Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Studio Beirut 

by  Mokhtar Beyrouth
Saint Josef University IESAV, Lebano
Dice Player 

by Nissmah Mohammed Roshdy
German University in Cairo, Egypt
With thy Spirit
by Karim Rahbani
Saint Josef University IESAV, Lebanon
Burhan KashourBy Mohammad Al-Fateh
Dar al-Kalima University, Palestine
Followed by a Q&A with Ayesha Al Ameri,
Director of  “Dreams in their Eyes”

and Sascha Ritter,
Director of ZUMEFF.

Friday 15th July, 2016:
14:00 – 17:00  Iran Cultural Centre – Dar es Salaam

Saturday 16th July, 2016:
14:00 – 17:00


Just the name Zanzibar conjures up positive and mythical images – long known as a hub of trade, communications and a true cultural melting pot – Zanzibar is one of Africa’s top tourism destinations – and for good reason.

ZIFF is one of the highlights of the island nation’s cultural calendar with thousands of people attending every year. Films, filmmakers, film-lovers and tourists all flock to the 9 day event that celebrates music, the arts and the spirit of the island itself.

The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries.

ZIFF is:
·      The largest multi-disciplinary cultural festival of its kind in East Africa.
·      The longest running film festival in the region
·      Listed in the top 5 film and music festivals in Africa
·      Tourism friendly - has acquired the reputation of a top Cultural Tourism product
·      International- on average over 40 countries are represented.
·      Music –oriented programme that includes over 30 local, regional and international acts
·      Social aware with ties with cultural, civic, film and social NGO’s across Africa
·      Developmental – with a strong focus on workshops and outreach
·      Business friendly – with various partners, sponsors and a market driven approach to film,      tourism & culture.

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