Zanzibar TV Series: Official Competition Announced


The Africa Channel, proud sponsors of the inaugural ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL and The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), are excited to announce the 20 official titles entered into competition for the award for Best TV Series at ZIFF 2018.

The new categories of best TV and best Web Series were announced last year by ZIFF as part of its partnership with Africa’s largest content markets, DISCOP that will see some of Africa and the world’s best known content producers and distributors on hand for DISCOP Zanzibar, from the 11th – 13th during ZIFF which is taking place from July 7th – 15th.

Within ZIFF, the three days of TV Series screenings, presented by The Africa Channel, will be the official showcase for TV shows selected in competition for ZIFF. The selection team at ZIFF was overwhelmed with the response in this the first year of the competition, with dozens of TV shows being submitted from across Africa.

ZIFF Festival Director, Fabrizio Colombo elaborates, “We are proud at ZIFF to have formally opened up competition to TV and WEB SERIES and we would like to thank The Africa Channel for allowing us to start in this  great way in 2018. More and more in the film industry, and not only in Africa, it is said the television is the future of cinema. We want to acknowledge this dynamic space and its role in the development in the African entertainment landscape.  Moreover, the quality of the storytelling and production in many of these TV series is an example of just how much cinema has influenced TV production. From this synergy, the African film industry has the possibility to grow, develop, and travel outside the boundaries of the continent. ZIFF will aim  to be at the center of this development and for TV and film producers.”

Two days of competition screenings selected by the ZIFF Festival will screen from the 12th and 13th of July, and will be followed by a showcase day of screenings on the 14th where platforms such as The Africa Channel will premier some of their most exciting  African-influenced content developed for the global marketplace. These include projects THE BANK, developed with Emmy nominated producers Rebecca and Doug Henning and Matt Luetwyler; WORLD WIDE NATE, an extreme  adventure show; and MINJIBA ENTERTAINS, a food and lifestyle show.

Open to the public as well as industry guests, The ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL presented by The Africa Channel will celebrate excellence. The event strives 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.

To further support this exciting event, The Africa Channel will also be presenting a panel discussion at DISCOP Zanzibar targeted specifically at independent TV / content producers looking to sell their material internationally. The panel will cover topics including: creating for international markets, co-productions for independents, thinking beyond Pan African, and connecting Africa to the world. More details of the panel will be available at

The Africa Channel’s Narendra Reddy, Ececutive Vice President & General Manager, explains,

“Through our TAC Studions production arm, we have seen first-hand the tremendous pipeline of talent from across Africa. The Zanzibar International Film Festival is a fabulous showcase for this talent, and we are proud to be the official sponsor of ZIFF’s inaugural Zanzibar TV Series Festival. We look forward to hosting TV series screenings and a lively panel discussion for independent producers.  It’s going to be a very exciting event for all attendees.”

The full schedule of TV series screenings will be available on the ZIFF website,

  • Tales Of Eve | The Present Past
    Imoh Umoren – Nigeria
    SANCTUS MTSIMBE – Tanzania
  • Umlilo
    Denny Miller – South Africa
    Dolapo Adeleke – Nigeria
  • Career Talk
    Saitabao Kaiyare – Kenya
  • Crazy, Lovely, Cool –
    Obi Emelonye – Nigeria
  • Before 30
    Bodunrin ‘BB’ Sasore- Nigeria
  • Hard Copy
    South Africa – Harriet Gavshon and Tim Greene (Producers)
  • iNumber Number
    South Africa – Siphiwe Hlabangane (producer)
  • Talaaka
    Nilesh Bhatt – Tanzania
    Enah Johnscott- Cameroon
  • Ball’n Africa
    Silalei Owuor – Kenya
  • Tumaini Senta
    Kangethe – Mungai Kenya
  • Jab
    Lucilla Blankenberg, Laddie Bosch – South Africa
  • Giving Nature a Voice
    Andrew Tkach (Executive Producer) – Kenya
  • KERU
    Victor Gatonye – Kenya
  • # Family
    Kwezi kaganda Ruhinda – Uganda
  • La Msingi
    Morrison Mwadulo – Kenya
  • Fihi Season
    Carol Odongo Boy – Kenya
  • America Heard: Refuge of Hope
    United States – Yasmin Mistry
  • Chronicles of a Paranoiac
    Russian Federation – Nikita Tamarov
  • Connection House
    Italy – Vincenzo Cavallo
  • Festival Politicos
    South Africa- Tshego “Red” Mosiane, Misa Makwakwa Masokameng
    Germany – Dorothee Wenner
  • LOOP
    Mexico – Fernando Perezgil, Gerardo LS, Emmanuel Basurto
  • Nadya
    Tanzania – Shams Bhanji
  • Nekros Pizza
    United States – Sean Manos
  • Ngalangala
    Tanzania –  Tom Johns
  • Our Best Friend’s Wedding
    Nigeria – Jerry Ossai
  • Prime Donne
    Italy – Giacomo Spaconi
    Italy  – Michele Bevilacqua, Arcangelo Iannace , Francesco Spaziani
  • Seburikoko
    Rwanda – Kennedy Mazimpaka
    Kenya – Reuben Odanga
  • SUBS
    South Africa – Tshego ‘Red’ Mosiane, Tseliso Monaheng
  • Tales of Shaa Umi and Nandis Adventure
    Zimbabwe – Rodney Tapfuma Masanga
  • The Yard
    Kenya – Busaka Jackton
  • Thesha
    South Africa – Lungelo Mdlalose
  • Two sides of a coin
    Kenya – Morris Simwa, Calvin Ombogo
    Richard Magumba – Tanzania

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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