ZIFF 2022 Will Be Screening ‘Zim High’

  Sep 14, 2022

Press Release

Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2022

Film – Zim High

Harare, September 14th, 2022. We are happy to announce that the 2017 feature film Zim High will be screening at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2022 on Thursday, September 15, 2022. The film was written and directed by Tatenda Mbudzi (Mbudzi Studios) and stars Rick Cosnett. It will be screened at the ZIFFTHub at 2 Canterbury Road, Kensington on the 15th of September at 11:30am, as part of a series of highlight films in line with this year’s theme, #Reconnecting.

Zim High follows the constantly bullied Tatenda Mbudzi (17) at Zimbabwe High, the most prestigious and violent school in Africa. He desperately wants to be a prefect so he can win a scholarship to study anime in Japan. He learns to stand up for himself and build a prefect campaign from Simon Kaantju, a new, Aboriginal Australian student who is filming Tatenda as part of an Aboriginal Australian Exchange Documentary program.


Tatenda Mbudzi is an actor, comedian, writer, director and illustrator based in Los Angeles, California. He studied Television and Radio at Ithaca College, then joined the producer’s program at UCLA. Tatenda draws inspiration from the struggles of everyday life, and enjoys finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. He seeks to create films that portray what life is like for marginalised people in order to change how they are perceived.


Carine Tredgold grew up in Matebeleland, Zimbabwe and graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town. She has been the production manager for Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) since 1999 and has also worked in the same capacity for various TV commercials, feature films, reality TV and documentaries. With over thirty years in the Creative Arts, she is passionate and dedicated to developing the professionalism of our local industryas well as designing training programmes for Stage Management in Zanzibar and Ghana.

Naim Keriah is an Algeria-born cinematographer, photographer and software developer whose passion for filmmaking and fashion photography led him to relocate to Zimbabwe at age 23. His production company, Shamaika, is known for the film Rujeko starring the late Rutendo Tapiwa.

Production Company

MMX Studios is a professional Production House offering media services to those creating Visual & Audio content for education, advertising, documentary and entertainment. Their production services are also supported with distribution services where they assist filmmakers with getting content out on various digital platforms.

We are excited to be showing such brilliant work at the festival and encourage all to come out and watch what Zimbabweans and those abroad have been working on to continue to advance the film industry and beyond.