ZIFF 2021 ran the Hi-5 and Smartphone Short Film Competitions, under the theme “My Heritage”.
The competitions, sponsored by Telco Broadband and Beyond, PlayAfrika TV and MMX Rental, were open to emerging Zimbabwean filmmakers, as a chance for them to express themselves and showcase their skills and talent. For the first time – and for both competitions, voting was open to the public and the films with the most votes after the online screenings were the winners.
The first prize of US$500 in the Smartphone Short Film Competition was awarded to “Musengabere” by Robin Samaya (pictured above). Robin Samaya is a 27 year-old who began story telling at the age of eleven and ventured into writing books at the age of thirteen. In 2008 and 2009 he self-published and distributed two books, Ants Versus Termites and The Dragon’s Layer respectively, in his community and school which attracted community fame. He attained a degree in Computers from Bindura University of Science Education in 2018 and began video and picture graphics. In 2021, he started producing, directing, story writing, cinematographing and video editing some movie projects including the award-winning “Musengabere”.
The second prize of US$300 for the Smartphone Short Film Competition went to Jeritha Hlatwyo with “Shandukurai” and the third prize of US$200 went to Visual Treat Films with their film “Nyatsimba – The Story of Zimbabwe”.
In the Hi-5 Competition, first prize went to the film “Tsvakai”. The film is a Midlands State University (MSU) production, written and directed by Godknows Chera, a lecturer at MSU in the department of Media, Communication, Film & Theatre Arts. The short film features another lecturer in the same department, Brighton Munaku in the role of Dambudzo and second year student Tafadzwa Mavhura who played Tsvakai. It was shot by student Brandon Dambo and edited by Brighton Munaku. In the film, we are shown some of the traditional costumes, food, games and household chores that existed in Zimbabwe before the coming of new cultures, as a way of reminding Zimbabweans where they came from.
In second place in the Hi-5 Competition was “Nhaka” by Jonathan Samukange and third was “Dept Clearance” by Kumbilani Ncube. Prizes for these winners were film equipment hire vouchers from MMX Rental, valued at US$500, US$300 and US$200 respectively.
The competitions unearthed and introduced us to massive raw talent. We wish all the winners all the best on their filmmaking journeys. ZIFFT would like to thank Telco Broadband and Beyond, PlayAfrika TV and MMX Rental for sponsoring these competitions. In case you missed these competitions, you can still check out all the films on the links below.
Smartphone Short Film Competition https://youtu.be/pG59Bu4K5f8
Hi-Five Short Film Competition https://youtu.be/KLDaXHmU1H0