120 ENTRIES ALREADY SUBMITTED FOR IIFF 2015!
After a tremendously successful experience in 2014, IIFF 2015 has broken submission records to 120 two months before the deadline!
It is two months before the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) 2015 deadline for submissions and the programming department is cracking heads on which 60 out of the 120 films to put in the program! With such a number of films, we are more than excited that IIFF is getting attention regionally and internationally and like any other festival. From AfricAvenir in Namibia to FESPACO in Burkina Faso to Afrykamera in Poland, the Berlinale in Germany, our partners and staff are working tirelessly to bring the best and recent productions to IIFF 2015.
Gone are the days when the celluloid was the best and only preferred format. Then, the festival was assured of getting at most ten- 35mm films which automatically qualified to be in the main competition. With 120 submissions so far in Digital cinema print, bluray and DVD, it goes without saying that IIFF is growing in breath and scope. Hence, to cater for such a number of films, IIFF needs to increase its funding base and have more venues or even expand to two weeks!
Be that as it may, room is still wide open for local entries and we look forward to surpassing last year's figure of 20 local films. The festival also provides Zimbabwean films a wonderful testing ground for entry in the festival circuits and market. By going regional, the festival will give Zimbabwean productions a chance to shine in the region.
This year festival goers can look forward to the usual categories namely the Main Competition, the New Man, Shasha/ Ingcitshi/ Zim Experts (SIZE). IIFF is extremely happy to announce the addition of a new category, World View. This category showcases compelling stories with unique genres and style with themes such as migration, conflict and peace building, climate as well as political reality of contemporary Africa. The World View Section is in response to the large number of high quality films on global issues currently being produced globally. The deadline for all festival entries, including delivery of screeners and trailers, is 31 May 2015.
The composition of the official selection and the members of the Jury will be unveiled in our next edition of Wild Track. The Festival continues to support cinematic excellence and will award trophies and monetary prizes. IIFF will take place from Friday 14 until Saturday 22 August 2015 in Harare. As usual, after the main festival, screenings will take place Bulawayo, Binga, Gwanda and Chipinge. Regionally, IIFF will travel to Kenya, Malawi, Somalia and Uganda. The festival, being a platform where women's issues take precedence, will showcase films that will teach and inspire audiences under the theme WOMEN ALIVE: WOMEN OF HEART.
For more information about the festival, visit www.icapatrust.org/iiff. You can also follow us on twitter @wfozicapa or by using hashtag #IIFF2014.