20th edition of IIFF wows Harare and Bulawayo

IIFF 2023 was by many accounts a successful festival, with an immersing film selection and various film centred events throughout the programme, the event had a little bit of everything for everyone from the seasoned filmmaker to the general film lover.

The IIFF kicked off with a befitting opening ceremony at the Alliance Francaise on the 28th of November with the opening film Nome. What truly elevated the opening ceremony was the presence of the director of Nome Sana Na N’Hada and the lead actress Binete Undonque. The question and answer session with the films’ director Sana Na N’Hada- which followed the screening- revealed his close personal relationship with the revolution depicted in the film. The lead actress, Binete Undoque, was also present during the session, which made it even more interesting.

The opening ceremony was also attended by international guests; chair of Sisters Working In Film & TV (SWIFT) South Africa Zanele Mthembu and the creator of the Pan-African Audiovisual and Cinema Observatory Souad Houssein from France. This made networking amongst present members of the local film community even more pleasant.

The following days at IIFF not only had screenings at the venues across Harare but also had masterclasses for local filmmakers. The Directing, Producing and Pitching Masterclasses involved valuable insights being shared with local filmmakers who expressed satisfaction from the sessions.

The closing ceremony on 2nd of December was the pinnacle of the festival with the screening of The Last Queen a felicitous film about a woman of hope. After the screening it was time to reveal the winners of the night from the jury decisions. Twelve awards in total were handed out and the closing film received two awards for Best Script and Best Director.

 

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