ziff logo.jpgPreparations for the 14th edition of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) which is set to kick off on the 30th of this month are gathering momentum, with this year’s main highlights being the presentation of purely African films and the unveiling of a draft film policy by players in the film industry.

Organisers of Zimbabwe’s biggest film fair say this year’s fiesta will focus on films from the African continent.

Acting Executive Director of the festival, Charity Maruta said, the ZIFF 14th edition is aimed at promoting the development and consumption of film in Zimbabwe, with a bias on African productions which have been sidelined on the international scene.

“We are mainly focusing on African productions which have only been recognized in the recent past as most international festivals excluded most films from the continent………..we want to tell the African story and promote development in the country,” said Maruta.

The festival will also incorporate workshops on scripting and documentation of episodic television series and will see film practitioners coming up with a draft film policy.

“We hope to engage government for the formulation of a film policy….we fall under two Ministries and this has created problems in the development of film locally….,” added Maruta.

This year’s edition runs under the theme ‘Finding common ground’ aimed at provoking discussion and debate on social issues affecting Zimbabwe and the continent as a whole.

The festival runs from the 30th of this month to the 7th of October and will see films such as Miriam Makeba tribute titled “Mama Africa” and “An African Election” based on Ghana’s 2008 election.