Giving Back

  Aug 10, 2022

We appreciate all our Friends of ZIFFT who have been supporting us this year and in the past. From people who have come and gone, or are still with us, we see and feel the way you have championed us.

Noah Chinyanga

A special mention this week goes to NOAH CHINYANGA who has graciously stepped forward to give financial support to ZIFFT, enabling the organisation to continue its operations and festival planning for this year.

Noah was initially involved in ZIFFT in 2003 during his senior year of high school. He was a part of Flash Forward, which was a critical writing programme that mentored young journalists who wanted to become film and art critics. Noah and his fellow-participants in the project also worked on the ZIFF “Newsflash” Newsletter that covered the events during the festival that year.

Noah (or “BabyFlash” as he was called in younger days at ZIFFT – a nickname coined by Nakai Matema and Rumbi Katedza, due to the fact that he was the youngest of the festival partipants) had always wanted to pursue a career in the arts. In 2006, he submitted a story for the Short Film Project and has expressed that he gained a great deal of experience and how ZIFFT opened a world of opportunities for him.

He however went on to study Agriculture and has been in the sector ever since. One thing he was always motivated to do, was to become international – a global citizen, and he has done just that. He has travelled all over the world through his work and he currently resides in Australia, where he is thriving as an agricultural expert. Nonetheless, he has still remained a passionate arts lover at heart. He owns an extensive book collection, featuring many classic Zimbabwean literature titles, which says he hopes to someday adapt into films. We are confident that he will achieve this – watch this space!

Noah’s generous donation is a show of his faith in the arts industry here in Zimbabwe. He believes that the same opportunity he was afforded should be given to other young people and those starting up in their career within the country. He has highlighted how there have been inspirational stories of people who have made it, that have passed through ZIFFT along their journey, and how ZIFFT is a hub that can empower the young, and in doing so, help them reach greater heights.

We are grateful to Noah for his wonderful donation and continued support.

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