The International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) and the Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT) will this year host a joint festival to facilitate growth of the film industry.

The IIFF director Laura Ganda and the ZIFFT consultant Nakai Matema say the joint initiative will take place from 26 August to the 2nd of September.

It is aimed at presenting a programme that celebrates film to a diverse audience, as the two leading film promotion organisations in the country seek to raise the profile of the local film sector on an international stage.

The development comes at a time when more funding, film production training, marketing of films and fighting piracy is required to grow the film industry among other measures