Sep 22, 2016

The Zimbabwe International Film Festival, set to run in Harare from 1st to 8th October features a full programme of screenings and workshops programmes.

To complement the screenings and other glitzy events, the Festival will, through its Film Forum host a wide spectrum of workshops, discussions,seminars and presentations.

Headlining the forum will be talented Zimbabwean music video director, Tatenda Jamera. He will kick start proceedings on the first day when he hosts a music video making workshop.Tatenda is credited with music videos for huge international artists like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Awilo Longomba.

Social Media guru and entrepreneur Nico Abote will also host a 2 day workshop that will discuss CAREER IMPACT AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.

In line with this year’s theme,’ Reel, Sound and Music’, the Festival joins hands with the Musica Festival hosts, Italian Embassy and Music Crossroads Academy to host MUSIC SPEAKS workshop with filmmakers and musicians. it will interrogate the complementary relationship between the music and film art genres.

ZIFF Festival Director Elton Mjanana stressed the importance of taking a closer look at the relationship between music and film, and how the two complement each other.

“Musicians are now using the motion picture medium to gain more relevance and effectiveness because the World has really become visual as it were. Similarly, filmmakers have long used music and other sound sources to enhance their films in their films. This synergy really complements our theme and makes our programming this year all the more exciting”, he said.

German director, Daniel Sager, whose film “The Long Distance”, is the official Germany Day film will give a talk on his choice of the music he used in his film. DOK.Afrika Coordinator Barbara Off will speak on the potential of African content in Europe and explore the real reason why there now is a regular series of African films by African filmmakers at most major European Festivals like DOK.fest.

Bustop TV pioneer Lucky Aaroni and his crew will take fellow filmmakers through their presentation on EFECTIVE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AS A DISTRIBUTION TOOL. They will speak of their collaboration with leading musician Jah Prayzah who penned and performed their theme song and will be joined by the Mufakose Film Community who will launch and distribute their new film using social media outlets like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.


Seasoned Sound Engineer and recordist Brendon Sole of MMX Productions gives a practical workshop on PRACTICAL POST PRODUCTION AND SOUND DESIGN. This one is for all those wanting to learn about the intricacies of sound elements in film.

Namibian filmmakers, beneficiaries of the Namibian Film Commission, will host a discussion around the advantages and workings of a film commission. Zimbabwean filmmakers will definitely benefit from the knowledge of how lobbying for such an institution will help develop our film industry.

“We are certainly looking forward to a fulfilling 6 day Film Forum that will enrich our industry professionals and stakeholders alike, thanks to our ZIFF2016 Film Forum partner, Zambezi Magic who have enabled us to host such a remarkable programme”, concluded Mjanana.