The 21st annual Zanzibar International Film Festival and the inaugural DISCOP Zanzibar, have announced two new award categories for 2018, focused on content for television: Best TV Series and Best Web Series.
In a release given to outlets, organizers recognized that with the increased focus on content for TV and digital, and the breaking down of barriers between content types, producers and directors who are working in these ever-growing mediums required even more support.
In line with these additions, also recognising the latest trends in the content production environment, ZIFF and DISCOP have established the ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL which will have an inaugural edition from 11th to 13th July, 2018, with the aim of highlighting series from all over the world and giving an international voice to this increasingly popular and fiercely creative new art form.
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 established application process available on the festival’s site.
DISCOP Market’s General Manager Patrick Zuchowicki explains the rationale for this partnership: “With the FAANG’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 [regional] public the world’s foremost creators to TV series, and provide the best ones with a well deserved Award.”
Welcome a new category of producers and directors, Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo said, “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.”
The deadline for submissions is 15th March 2018.