The International Images Film Festival (IIFF) is inviting local and international filmmakers to submit their productions for the 20th edition of the festival to be held from the 19th to the 27th of August 2016.
For the third year running, the festival will be held under the theme ‘Women Alive: Women of Heart!’.IIFF is calling for submissions under three categories namely, Shasha/Ingcitshi Zim Experts (SIZE), New Man and World’s View.
SIZE is a category for locally produced films or those directed by Zimbabweans in the diaspora. The New Man category accepts films that feature male protagonists in roles that promote and model gender equality and positive gender relations between men and women. IIFF will award the best film in this category in honor of the late actor and producer,Walter Muparutsa. Word’s view, the third category accepts films that cover topical issues like in the current situation climate change, migration and the energy crisis. The films in this category should also chronicle extraordinary journeys of the protagonists.
Speaking at a press conference held in Harare, IIFF Director Yvonne Jila urged local producers to improve on the sound quality of their productions if they want to attract a larger audience on the international market.
“Through the festival, we always strive to open doors for local productions on the international market and to date, we have expanded the festival’s reach to Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania,” said Jila.
IIFF is going to be part of the Udada Film Festival which started today in Nairobi, Kenya, and will run until the 20th of October 2015. During this festival, ‘Bouncing Car’ by Jessi Kuwana and Nightingale by Naison Makomedze will be aired. The two local films have been selected among those screened during the film festival in Harare.
Karen Mukwasi who is the Programmes Officer at IIFF explained that partnering with Udada Festival is one of the outreach activities that IIFF is carrying out in Zimbabwe and beyond. Last week, IIFF was also part of the Ndau Arts Festival during which they screened ‘Peretera Maneta’ a film by Women’s Film Makers of Zimbabwe (WFMZ). The film was screened in commemoration of the Day of the Girl on Sunday the 11th of October.
IIFF have also lined up activities for the 2015 ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence’.
“We are currently consulting women in Gwnada, Binga and Bulawayo to find out the topics they would need us to focus on in December,” explained Mukwasi.
Deadline for submissions is the 15th of May 2016 and filmmakers can download the application form for the submissions from www.icapatrust.org
Main image by Daphne Jena.