56 films screened at IIFF

HARARE - On Saturday night, the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) came to a close, with Belgium scooping three awards.

The festival took place last week showcasing various films, including those by Zimbabweans from around the world.

A total of 56 films were screened at five venues in Harare of which nine were sourced from Zimbabwean filmmakers, including Wizzy Mangoma and Dorothy Meck.

Part of the sponsorship was from Multichoice’s Zambezi Magic, represented by Liz Dziva.

“We wish to congratulate the organisers and all the participants on putting together an event that was well-planned, well organised and creatively staged.

“One of the channels’ task is finding partnerships that matter. In this regard, the partnership with IIFF has been a rewarding and enjoyable experience that shows just how Zambezi Magic can assist the community in showcasing the talent that abounds in our country and region, which is what the festival has also done.

“The messages from the productions showcased by the festival have been strongly and effectively conveyed and we are all the richer for having been part of it,” Dziva said.

Of note were the makers of Across the Grasslands, who scooped two awards and it was their debut film. It was written by Privilege Mutendera, Sharon Lee and Rudo Idah Chakanyuka.

Dziva added that the festival is exactly what Zambezi Magic requires.

“Zambezi Magic was established to provide a platform for the showcasing of African talent, including that from Zimbabwe, and is now in the early stages of fulfilling that role.

“It has proven valuable and meaningful and has created awareness not only of the role and place of women in society but also of the needs and contribution of the film-making community as a whole.

“It has a long way, but a promising start has been made, and we look forward to growth and expansion in coming months and years,” Dziva said.

One of the winners from Belgium said they would want to see more Zimbabwean films winning awards.

Renowned Zimbabwean actor Tongai Chirisa starred in Happiness is a Four Letter Word.

The winners are listed below:

IIFF 2016 Award — Walter Mparutsa

New Man Winner Prize — Happiness is a Four Letter Word (South Africa)

Best African Film — Children of the Mountain (Ghana)

Best Sadc Film — Happiness is a Four Letter Word (South Africa)

Best Short Film — Across the Grasslands (Zimbabwe)

Audience Award — Aisha (Tanzania)

Best Documentary — The Look of Silence (Denmark)

Best Script — A Painting Pool (Iran)

Best Cinematography — Children of the Mountain

Best Actress — Aboubakr Bensaihi (Black)

Best Supporting Male Actor — Shahab Hosseini (A Painting Pool)

Best Director Award — Black

Best Depiction of a Woman Alive — Black

Best Film — A Painting Pool

Zambezi Magic Awards for a Zimbabwean Film

Best Zimbabwean Documentary — Plus!

Best Zimbabwean Sound — Plus!

Best Zimbabwean Fiction Film — Across the Grasslands.

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