IIFF JUST KEEPS ON GROWING!
The wind-up of Women Alive: Women of Heart
The 15th edition of the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) themed Women Alive: Women of heart, was held from 26 August to 3 September. The festival screened 55 films from over 30 countries at five venues in Harare: Ster Kinekor, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Alliance Francaise, Rutendo Hall Mufakose and Stimulus Hub, were the centres of cinematic experiences this year.
The festival brought together guests from the continent and abroad which included academics, filmmakers and writers who spent an exhilarating eight days enjoying a collection of well programmed films that celebrated womanhood.
Local filmmakers had time to interact and share ideas on moving the film industry forward during the three day Film Industry Forum and the Post Production Boot Camp. Filmmakers from other African countries were present with their films and the Q & A sessions presented an exciting opportunity for audience feedback.
IIFF 2016 also presented films from accomplished and upcoming filmmakers who produced strong women centred narratives that included the opening film Black from Belgium directed by Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah. The Romeo and Juliette themed plot focuses on the taboo relationship between a Moroccan boy and black girl from rival gangs.
Dance fans were also spoilt with the screening of the American film A Ballerinas Tale directed by Nelson George, a heart warming documentary on the prodigious rise of Misty Copeland, which brought moviegoers close to tears. To sum it up, audiences enjoyed intense, real and captivating plots that glued them to their seats.
Audiences at IIFF 2016 also had a chance to win fantastic prizes from Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe and Capri. Residents of Mufakose and Highfield enjoyed a road show just before the festival and lucky winners walked away with IIFF branded t-shirts, bags and flash disks. The grand prizes of an upright fridge, chest freezer and microwave courtesy of Capri, were given away at a raffle on the opening and closing nights.