Hats off to Ziff organisers

HARARE - Zimbabwe International Film Festival (Ziff) 2016 will end today after a record-breaking eight days in which organisers have showcased a record 58 films, 28 of which were locally-produced.

The strong showing by local productions in this year’s edition of Ziff deserves to be praised and celebrated because it shows that organisers are heading in the right direction.

It would have been very amiss for the film festival, which was created to champion the interests of local film-makers, to continue to put Zimbabwean film productions on the periphery of the event.

Perhaps what is even more gratifying is the fact that a local production called Escape, which was co-directed by British academic and filmmaker Agnieszka Piotrowska and Zimbabwean Joe Njagu, was the main highlight of the 18th edition of Ziff.

The bravery by organisers to make a local film the centrepiece of the event, despite the presence of many illustrious foreign movies this year, proves Ziff’s determination to walk the talk.

Ziff organisers have over the years been accused of masterminding a token representation of local productions but this year they have gone out of their way this year to ensure that Zimbabwe is represented by films of high quality which can compete on the international level.

Films like Mwanasikana 2 written by Beauty Nakai Tsuro and Escape point to a brighter future for our nascent film industry.

We should also applaud Ziff for holding the event in both high and low-density areas. The fact that the event took place in various venues which included Ster Kinekor Borrowdale, Epworth, Dzivaresekwa, Chitungwiza and Kensington, made it possible for Zimbabweans from all walks of life to enjoy the event.

One area of concern for most local events and organisations has been lack of accountability and sound administration structures.

For this reason, we should applaud Ziff for announcing that a new board will be in place at the end of the month.

In other arts organisations, board members are hardly ever changed. Despite the fact that the outgoing Ziff board is made up of respectable people like Knox Chatiza, John Stewart, Solomon Maramba, Daves Guzha, Rachel Kupara and Steve Chigorimbo, the Ziff secretariat, and rightly so, have not shirked the responsibility of appointing a new board.

If Ziff continues to run their operations in a transparent way, they will gain more support from donors and corporates.

This year, they struck a partnership with DStv’s Zambezi Magic. Such partnerships can only materialise to an organisation which is well-run.

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