The 21st annual Zanzibar International Film Festival and the inaugural DISCOP Zanzibar, are excited to announce a new program and festival category focused on the all-important area on TV content. 

With the increased focus on content for TV and digital, and the breaking down of barriers between content types, ZIFF has identified the need to support producers and directors who are working in these ever-growing mediums. Therefore, ZIFF has announced two new award, categories for 2018, Best TV Series and Best Web Series.

Additionally, in an innovative move that recognises the latest trends in the content production environment, ZIFF and DISCOP are proud to present the ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL that will unfold its first edition from 11 to 13 July, 2018. 

The event aims to highlight series from all over the world and to give an international voice to this increasingly popular and fiercely creative new art form. 

Open to the public, the ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL will celebrate excellence. Striving to create a stage on which the foremost creators in the world of TV series come together, where tomorrow’s talents are showcased and a prestigious international competition for a wide range of genres and for series of all shapes and forms is presented

During this year’s ZIFF, the category for Best African TV Series will be open to any African produced or co-produced and broadcast within the last two years. Three episodes would need to be submitted for consideration via the on-line application process as below.

DISCOP Market’s General Manager Patrick Zuchowicki explains the rationale for this partnership: “With the FANNG’s (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) plans to spend up to $15 billion on film, television and online content in 2018 and with millennials raised on streaming, the time has come to celebrate entertainment content as a whole and bring to the attention of the Zanzibar public the world’s foremost creators to TV series, and provide the best ones with a well deserved Award”

Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo has these words to welcome a new category of producers and directors “ZIFF 20th marked a turning point in the history of our festival. With the big step this year of ZIFF’s partnership of DISCOP Zanzibar, we are ready and excited to welcome all the players in the business of film, television and content production. ZIFF is amongst one of the first festivals in Africa, if not the world, to recognize the importance and power of both TV and web content. These awards, along with related workshops and discussions, represent ZIFF’s commitment to growing the whole of the East African content industry.”

Deadline for submission is 15th March 2018.

Submission Procedures:

  • All submission must be done through ZIFF platform on
    (link is can be found on the website of the festival)
  • A signed and fully completed application submitted by e-mail at [email protected]
  • To be eligible for programming, the entire application MUST be completed and signed.  
  • The submission deadline is 15th March 2018.
  • Freight costs of any film will be borne by the producer.
  • Selection results will be available from May 15, 2018 on our Website:
  • Any film at ZIFF may have five (5) public screenings at the most, including one press viewing. However, further screenings could be organized if the producer so agrees.
  • No DVDs will be returned. They will be kept at ZIFF for archival purposes.
  • ZIFF is committed to preserve the copy of film from any act of piracy and illicit business.

Email: [email protected]


Lara Utian Preston