Preparations 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 yearâ€™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 Zimbabweâ€™s biggest film fair say this yearâ€™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.
â€œWe are mainly focusing on African productions which have only been recognized in the recent past as most international festivals excluded most films from the continentâ€¦â€¦â€¦..we want to tell the African story and promote development in the country,â€ 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.
â€œWe hope to engage government for the formulation of a film policyâ€¦.we fall under two Ministries and this has created problems in the development of film locallyâ€¦.,â€ added Maruta.
This yearâ€™s edition runs under the theme â€˜Finding common groundâ€™ 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 â€œMama Africaâ€ and â€œAn African Electionâ€ based on Ghanaâ€™s 2008 election.