Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ), Zimbabwe's leading women filmmakers' organisation, and the oldest functioning film institution in the country, is an arts organization registered with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe. WFOZ now operates as the women's department under the Institute for Creative Art for Progress (ICAPA). ICAPA is a merger between WFOZ and sister company Nyerai Films. WFOZ is also the lead organization of the Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCOZ)- Media, ICTs and Arts Cluster.
The organization, founded in 1996, aims to increase the participation and production capacity of women locally and regionally in the audiovisual industry. It also aims to bring women's issues to the attention of the cinema viewing and television watching public. To achieve this, WFOZ has over the years engaged in various industry related activities including founding the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) in 2002. IIFF, the only women's festival South of the Sahara, has become an integral part of the local and regional film calendars and is a focal point for WFOZ's activities. In addition, WFOZ has produced and co-produced international standard films dealing with these issues.
A Zimbabwe that serves as a model of democratic tolerance, integrity and sustainability for its people, the region and the continent through the provision of uplifting and motivating film narrative.
To strengthen gender and related tolerances in Zimbabwean society by narrating women's stories and experiences, whether told by women or men, or any other gender, powerfully through the medium of film.
Aims and strategic objectives of the Organization
To produce to international standard film narrative which promotes tolerance, integrity and sustainability in all sectors of our communities.
To provide for income generating career opportunities for women in film and related creative enterprises, including training women in film related skills to increase their professional participation in the sector.
To effect positive change in relationships between men and women through engaging communities with powerful gender narrative.
To change behavior concerning the status of women in society through modeling positive attitudes in film and other related activities.
To enter into reciprocal partnerships with other women's organizations, arts and democratic organizations.
Founded in 1992, "to produce and distribute compelling international standard media product on vital social issues that our societies have difficulty in engaging with.” Nyerai Films promotes cutting edge productions by filmmakers from Southern African countries. Since 2002 we have co-operated with Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe to organize the annual "International Images Film Festival for Women" in Zimbabwe and trained many young women to tell their stories through this organisation.
Nyerai Films currently provides increasing studio and recording services for many smaller media practitioners in Zimbabwe. Outside Zimbabwe our productions are having increasing impact on audiences across the continent from Burkina Faso to Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa, as well as further.
In this way the Nyerai Films vision is to develop a powerful locally informed audio visual culture in Zimbabwe and the region that disseminates in a deeply engaging manner messages conducive to upliftment, self sufficiency and development
"Low Budget - High Energy" is not just an idea with us - it's a reality.
The Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust works with the “mind” half of the “healthy mind in a healthy body” concept that our own African and all other civilisations subscribe to. ICAPA Trust facilitates, produces, and trains in the production of uplifting, innovative products in all artistic genres. ICAPA products and programmes foster creativity in society. They promote innovation and support the dissemination of progressive ideas through content, training events, exhibition and networking events. Often the "body" half is engaged as well in our productions.
ICAPA Trust was registered as a trust in 2009 and is registered with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe. Activities to date include the BREAKING THE SILENCE project and project management for Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe and Nyerai Films.
AIMS AND STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES OF THE INSTITUTE OF CREATIVE ARTS FOR PROGRESS IN AFRICA
- To produce to international standard film narrative, which promotes tolerance, integrity, and sustainability in all sectors of our communities.
- To provide for income generating career opportunities for women in film and related creative enterprise, including training women in film related skills to increase their professional participation in the sector.
- To effect positive change in relationships between men and women through engaging communities with powerful gender narrative.
- To change behavior concerning the status of women in society through modeling positive attitudes in film and other related activities.
- To enter into reciprocal partnerships with other women’s organizations, arts, and democratic organizations.
- To contribute with partners with whom both Nyerai Films and Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ) have signed memoranda of understanding to the provision of adequate, standardised, recognised film education in Zimbabwe
A Zimbabwe that serves as a model of democratic tolerance, integrity and sustainability for its people, the region and the continent through the provision of uplifting and motivating film and arts narrative.
To strengthen gender and related tolerances in Zimbabwean society by narrating women’s stories and experiences, whether told by women or men, or any other gender, powerfully through the medium of film.
RECENT AND CURRENT PROJECTS
INTERNATIONAL IMAGES FILM FESTIVAL FOR WOMEN
The first and largest women's film festival this side of the Sahara. The festival is now in its 12th edition. The festival has mini festivals in Binga, Gwanda and Bulawayo.
These are film screenings that are held in communities, schools and Universities. Currently we have an ongoing program at the University of Zimbabwe and various secondary schools in and around Harare
A portrait of rural women in Zimbabwe and how they are making a living in Zimbabwe through agricultural projects. This project has recently been completed and is now in distribution.
WOMEN IN CROSS BORDER TRADING
A documentary that looks at Women I n Cross Border Trading and interrogates the engendered issues in their trade. This project is in its final stage.
BREAKING THE SILENCE
A project that provides a platform for people to open up about all forms of dialogue. This is achieved by collecting real life stories about violence in all its forms. The project is overseen by an advisory board that has members from all the provinces in Zimbabwe.
This is Zimbabwe's first interactive web documentary. A collaboration between Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe and two Spanish Filmmakers.
Laura Ganda joined in 2016 as Festival Director of the International Images Film Festival for Women. She is responsible for the professional hosting of IIFF, fundraising and ensuring positive publicity of the festival.
Laura began her professional career in 2006 in the Marketing and Sales department at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. She joined the National Gallery of Zimbabwe as a Marketing and Sales intern in 2006, and rejoined the institution in 2011 as a Sales Officer and was promoted to Marketing and Sales Manager in 2012.
During her career, Laura has introduced key strategies, policies that have assisted in the execution of marketing initiatives and campaigns.
Laura Ganda holds a Masters of Commerce in Marketing Management from Great Zimbabwe University. She also participated in a Festival management workshop in 2012, for which she holds a Certificate.
Laura was born in Harare and lives there with her family.
Florence Makore joined ICAPA as an Office Administrator in 2013. She has worked in different accounts departments of manufacturing and media firms.
She is responsible for overseeing the preparation of financial reports and administrative office duties.
She holds a diploma in Accounting.
She lives in Harare with her family
Olaf Koschke was named technical director since the inception of ICAPA 2011.
Olaf Koschke has been working as film + tv- editor since 1986, with works for ZDF, ARTE, 3Sat, MDR, ORB, Sat 1, RTL, Premiere, Deutsche Welle and various international broadcasters; he has extensive experience with mobile studios, OB-vans, telecines and live broadcasting.
Since 1993 he has been working as a lecturer for video- and nonlinear-editing at DFFB, DEKRA-Medienakademie Rügen, HfG Karlsruhe, DW Academy. As a producer with Nyerai Films he has a number of documentary as well as drama productions to his credit.
Olaf Koschke was born in Hamburg, Germany and lives in Harare with his family.
Programmes and IIFF International Outreach
As a long serving member of Women Filmmakers in Zimbabwe, Karen Mukwasi is our Programme and Projects Officer since 2012. She is responsible for coordinating WFOZ projects including the International Images Film Festival for Women and all it's outreach projects.
Karen is a qualified computer analyst and is currently studying towards a degree in Communication Science with the University of South Africa. She is a fellow of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.
She is on the board of trustees of Women on the Frontline and is a non executive board member of Tanyaradzwa Cancer Trust.
Karen is also a fellow of of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Technical Assistant + Graphic Designer
Rudo Chakanyuka is ICAPA's technical assistant since 2016. She joined ICAPA as IIFF festival coordinator in 2015. She has worked for many years with WFOZ on the 'IIFF IN THE CLUB' events.
Rudo began her career in film 2009, as Pamberi Trust multimedia officer. There she filmed and documented events and performances by numerous artists, coordinated screenings and workshops and was involved in diverse creative productions, working with artists from across the globe, as well as some of the best Zimbabwean talents. Rudo has been a catalyst for many collaborations and instrumental in the successful implementation of several projects.
She was part of the organising committee for the inaugural Zimbabwe Festival of Afrikan Inspired Animation (ZIMFAIA) as part of the Joint Afrikan Animation Group (JAAG) in 2010. In 2011, she took part in the Durban Talent Campus at Durban International Film Festival. Since then, Rudo has been involved in various capacities at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFFT) and the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF).
Currently, she serves as a Trustee of POVO Afrika Trust and LitFest Harare. Rudo lives in Harare with her family.
Angeline Madyara is ICAPA's Administrative Assistant since May 2015. She is responsible for all clerical work in addition to being assistant to the administrator. She has worked before as a secretary and personal assistant for a number of years. At the front office she receives all our visitors with a beautiful smile and her great personality. Angeline holds a diploma in International Tourism from City + Guilds UK as well as a DELF diploma in French from Alliance Francaise. She cites her hobbies as travelling, reading, studying different cultures and learning languages.
Weston Matambanadzo has been the driver for Nyerai Films, Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe and ICAPA since 2004. He is responsible for staff transportation and deliveries.During his appointment, Weston Matambanadzo was instrumental to the successful transport and set-up requirements for several IIFF outreach programmes all over Zimbabwe. Weston Matambanadzo was born in Harare. He lives in Kuwazana, Harare, with his two children.
Founder + CEO ICAPA
Born in Mutoko, Zimbabwe, playwright, poet activist and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga completed her education in her home country, where she worked as a copywriter before writing seriously as a poet and playwright. Dangarembga wrote her first novel NERVOUS CONDITIONS at the age of twenty-five. It immediately became a seminal piece of literature and was hailed by Doris Lessing as one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. She published her second novel THE BOOK OF NOT in 2006 and its successor A MOURNABLE BODY is forthcoming. She obtained her Masters in Filmmaking from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. She lives in Harare where she founded the production house Nyerai Films and the International Images Film Festival for Women. She also founded the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa where she works as director. Her films and literature have been critically acclaimed and have received international awards. She founded her publishing house, ICAPA Publishing in 2014 with a collection of short stories, A FAMILY PORTRAIT, that interrogate the many endemic forms of violence in Zimbabwe. Her contribution to the collection is a short story called THE BRICK. She is currently writing SAI-SAI, WATERMAKER, a dystopic speculative fiction for young adults.
Previous IIFF Directors
Yvonne Jila 2011 - 2015
Tsitsi Dangarembga 2002-2011
Ms Mkondo is an educator with a passion for research. She has publications on teaching and sits on the boards of several organisations. She is also involved in numerous volunteer work.
Ms Dangarembga is a world renowned novelist and pioneering filmmaker in the Zimbabwean film industry. She is also one of the most vocal feminists and a passionate activist.
Mr Gunda Mupengo is a product of the UNESCO Film and Television Training Project Harare. He has since directed a number of shorts and documentaries.
Mr Chirikure is a long standing member of the ICAPA board.
Mr Koschke has extensive experience in the film and editing spectra and has been teaching in the field for many years.
Prof Herbert Chimhundu
Professor Chimhundu is a university professor currently with the Chinhoyi University of Technology. He has held posts at various institutions of higher learning across the country. He also sits/ has sat on several boards of arts and learning institutes. In addition to receiving multiple awards and distinctions he has published some literary works on the shona language.
Ms Wenyika has experience in the Zimbabwean arts and culture industry as a musician with 5 albums released to date. She is currently a panelist on the Information and Media panel of enquiry.
Prof Julie Stewart
Professor Ms Stewart is currently the director of the Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Women's Lawwith the University of Zimbabwe. She has been honorary professor at 2 institutions in South Africa. She has the received the Women's Human Rights Defender Award for her work in Zimbabwe. Professor Stewart has also several published law works.
Ms Muzanenhamo is an experienced professional banker who has been with one of the leading banks, Stanbic Bank, for several years.
With the financial contribution of the European Union (European Development Fund) and the assistance of the ACP Group of States
International Images Film Festival
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