ZIFF Partner With Robert Bosch Foundation And Afridocs To Award Golden Dhow For Documentary Film

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is excited to announce a partnership with the Robert Bosch Foundation and AfriDocs to award the Golden Dhow for Best Documentary.

ZIFF has always celebrated documentary films and 2018 will be no exception, with the announcement that The Robert Bosch Foundation, along with STEPS under which AfriDocs is managed, will be sponsoring the prize that will accompany the Golden Dhow for Best Documentary. The award is the most prestigious award presented at ZIFF and the prize for 2018 will include a scholarship to the top film school in Germany for a semester, the Film Academy Baden- Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.

STEPS, the documentary production company behind the innovative free streaming platform AfriDocs (, will also offer the winning film a distribution contact for the African continent.

ZIFF Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo explains further, “this year ZIFF has already received over 900 documentary film submissions, more than we have ever received. We are very excited for this year’s competition since we are now able to offer documentary filmmakers an award that will truly advance their career, no matter of they are just starting out or a more established filmmaker. Finally, for the first time, the documentary competition will have a dedicated jury of experts thanks to The Robert Bosch Foundation. This will give an important place to this category in our Festival.”

Don Edkins, Founder and Director of AfriDocs, has this to say of the partnership, “AfriDocs is proud to partner with The Robert Bosch Foundation in presenting this award at ZIFF. For the first time the Golden Dhow for Best Documentary will be awarded. AfriDocs is committed to the promotion and development of the documentary format in Africa and we are therefore very excited about this collaboration with one of the most important film festivals on the continent.”

About ZIFF

ZIFF is one of the highlights of the island nation’s cultural calendar with thousands of people attending every year. Films, filmmakers, film-lovers and tourists all flock to the 9 day event that celebrates music, the arts and the spirit of the island itself.

The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries.

ZIFF is:

  • The largest multi-disciplinary cultural festival of its kind in East Africa.
  • The longest running film festival in the region
  • Listed in the top 5 film and music festivals in Africa
  • Tourism friendly – has acquired the reputation of a top Cultural Tourism product
  • International- on average over 40 countries are represented.
  • Music-oriented programme that includes over 30 local, regional and international acts
  • Social – with ties to cultural, civic, film and social NGO’s across Africa
  • Developmental – with a strong focus on workshops and outreach
  • Business friendly – with various partners, sponsors and a market driven approach to film, tourism & culture.

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