The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is the largest multi-disciplinary art and cultural festival in Eastern Africa dedi-cated to the exhibition of films, music and community panoramas. Each year ZIFF ex-hibits morethan 100 films made in Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, USA and Asia prioritising films from Africa and by Africans including the African Diaspora.


ZIFF is a festival dedicated to promoting Af-rican culture and communication through film.The Festival of the Dhow Countries is a celebration of thousands of years of com-munication between peoples of the Indian Ocean with peoples in the African continent especially in East Africa.

It helps increase the visibility of African films, encourage creativity and the pursuit of excellence, promote and in-crease awareness of African arts and cultures. The Zanzibar International Film Festival is or-ganized by a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the DhowCountries.

ZIFF, the Festival of the Dhow Countries sym- bolizes Zanzibar. The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), is a leading film and cul- ture platform in East Africa, partner to many social programmes made possible due to the collaboration with our partners and sponsors. Collaboratively it has been able to impact on the lives of artists and people in Zanzibar, Tanzania and East Africa.

The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is at- tended by over 45000 visitors throughout the 9 days of the festival in Stonetown alone. ZIFF’s 9 programmes physically reach over 100,000 people and hundred thousands more through the media, and impact their lives in diverse ways.

ZIFF is practically a whole year event given the number of activities taking place before and after each festival. There are 9 programmes tak- ing place in 12 venues involved in the festival from Film Screenings and Workshops to Cul- tural activities that include a Dhow race, Wom- en Health and Sports, Music Performances and Arts Performances, Exhibitions, as well as Opening and Award Night Celebrations. As a local event, taking place in the picturesque Stone Town in Zanzibar, the festival is a tourist attraction visited by over 6000 tourists during the 9 days.