6th ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries

Contact details ZIFF P.O. Box 3032, Ngome Knogwe Stone Town, Zanzibar -Tanzania Tel: +255 747 411499 Fax: +255 747 419955
Column : Cinema/tv
Published on : 06/01/2003

6th ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries


28 June – 12 July 2003

Call for the Submission of Film and Video Productions

ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries, Zanzibar

ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries in Zanzibar -Tanzania from 28 June to 12 July 2003 celebrates the cultures of the Dhow Countries, which share the Indian Ocean basin. These countries include the African continent, the Gulf States, Iran, India, Pakistan and the Indian Ocean Islands. The Zanzibar International Film Festival is the centrepiece of the festival.

Film and video productions can compete for the festival's Dhow Awards. These awards have been named after the Dhow, the ancient sea-going trade vessels powered by the monsoon winds which over centuries, have brought together the peoples of the Indian Ocean region. Dhows have influenced the development, dissemination and unification of cultures in this region The Dhows have in fact shaped the collective memory of the region's people and nurtured their identities. The Dhow is the symbol of the festival.

The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries aims to showcase, celebrate, promote and to develop the shared heritage and cultural products of the Dhow countries. From the vantage point of Zanzibar, the festival provides an opportunity to offer perspectives on contemporary trends in global culture which address some of the defining ideas of the twenty-first century incorporated in the themes of cultural diversity, individual integrity, social justice, women, children, diaspora culture and conservation.

ZIFF invites submissions of film and/or video productions for the festival programme in both competition and non-competition categories.


For information:


P.O. Box 3032, Ngome Knogwe

Stone Town, Zanzibar -Tanzania

Tel: +255 747 411499 Fax: +255 747 419955


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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