ZIFF2022 Director’s of Winning Zimbabwean Films

  Nov 4, 2022


Directed by Malaika Mushandu, ‘Mirage’ won under the category of Best Zimbabwean Feature Film at this year’s Zimbabwean International Film Festival. Malaika Mushandu is a trained film professional, who holds a qualification from the prestigious AFDA School Of Motion Picture Medium And Live Performance in South Africa, she studied a BA in Performing Arts. She is equally comfortable in front of the camera as she is behind and has excelled in all the productions she has been involved in. Malaika’s main reason for getting into the film industry is to help shape the story telling narrative from an African perspective. Mirage is her directorial debut. Lending her talent for storytelling to the film industry, she wants to give a voice to the often-underrepresented half of the population – the woman.


The documentary, ‘Transactions’ was awarded Best Zimbabwean Documentary at ZIFF2022. It was directed by Rumbi Katedza, who has directed numerous shorts, music videos, TV shows and documentaries that have been broadcast across Africa and screened at dozens of international festivals and conferences. Her feature film, Playing Warriors, was nominated for awards at the African Movie Academy Awards, Shungu Namutitiwa Festival and Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles amongst others. Rumbi produces corporate and independent narrative and documentary content through her production company Mai Jai Films.


This year the Best Zimbabwean Short Film award went to ‘The Signal’. It was directed by Daniel Lasker, who is a Zimbabwean actor and director who grew up in Bulawayo. His acting credits include Raising Wolves on HBO Max, Noughts and Crosses on BBC One, Vagrant Queen on SYFY and Abraham Lincoln on History Channel. Daniel is fiercely passionate about telling stories, either from in front of or from behind the lens. He is a self-taught filmmaker whose films have been well-received by the local community and various foreign film festivals. At just 18 years old, Daniel was labelled one of the most promising Zimbabwean Filmmakers.