The Zanzibar International Film Festival is proud to announce the 16 films in competition for the Sembene Ousmane Film Prize in 2015. The selected film hail from 11 Countries: USA, Brazil, Senegal, Madagascar, Ghana, Cameroon, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Ghana can boast two nominations within this elite group. They are; ‘The Traveller’ by Victoria Dogbe and ‘Kwaku’ by Anthony Nti.
“The competition has been designed to reward excellence in short film production and to encourage the production of new short films, including short documentaries,” explains ZIFF Assistant Film Director International, Fabrizio Colombo.
“16 films have been nominated to vie for the 3 Prizes” he added, “each of the 3 winning films will be awarded 2,000 USD specifically earmarked to produce a new short film to be ready by ZIFF 2016.”
Bernd Multhaup of GIZ, the co-sponsors of the prize explained that “this year the sponsors have decided to award three films to ensure that many more filmmakers are encouraged to make creative films through the Sembene Ousmane Prize. The short film genre is a powerful way to communicate serious issues without sacrificing production quality and aesthetic value.”
The three winners will need to submit their scripts and a production within 4 months of the award and funds will then be released. The winning 3 films will be screened at ZIFF 2015 which opens on July 18, and the new films screened in ZIFF 2016. This on-going process will simultaneously acknowledge and reward filmmakers for their efforts, whilst contributing to the sustainability of the short-film format.
The 16 nominated films are:
Lesley: Victor Okoye Frank, USA / 15 min
O Canto da Iona: Thiago B. Mendonca, Brazil / 25 min
Maruna: Molly Kane, Senegal / 15 min
Aisaa’s Story: Iquo B Essien, USA / 15 min
Madama Esther: Luck Razanajaona, Madagascar / 15 min
The Traveller: Victoria Dogbe, Ghana / 9 min
Damaru: Agbor Obed, Cameroon / 24 min
Houkak: Younes Youfsi, Morocco / 17 min
Kwaku: Anthony Nti, Ghana / 16 min
Samaki Mchangani: Amil Shivji, Tanzania, 30min
Kilimo 2: Neema & Warren Reed, Tanzania / 6 min
Liberte Emprisonnee: Sara Mikayel, Senegal /16min
Soko Sonko: Ekwa Msangi, Kenya / 22 min
Uthando: Tulanana Bohela, South Africa, 20min
Grandma Knows Best: Tamara Dawit, Ethiopia, 16min
Vitrin, Regis Talia, Cameroon, 15min