Zanzibar International Film Festival is a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit organization established in 1997 in Zanzibar. It is a unique initiative for the sustained preservation and development of the region's rich cultural heritage and the work of contemporary artists. ZIFF's main activity is the organisation of the annual Festival of the Dhow Countries that takes place around the first two weeks of July. International and indigenous films are presented in a variety of venues, including a special outdoor movie screening in an open air cinema.
Mission: To promote internationally and to develop film and other relevant cultural industries as tools for social and economic growth in the region, as exemplified in Zanzibar.
Vision: ZIFF aims to make Zanzibar the focal point for promoting Dhow culture through films and other media.
The festival centre is located in the beautiful stone town area in Zanzibar. The main location of the festival is an atmospheric open air cinema in an Amphitheatre located inside Old Fort. Other venues are Mambo Club, Forodhani Garden, House of Wonders, Old Customs House, Palace Museum, the Barge at the Old fort Waterfront, Aecrotanal, Chake Chake and Wete Cinema in Pemba.
Official Website: http://www.ziff.or.tz/