Zanzibari Festival to Award Female Documentary Filmmakers as Middle East Beckons

By Khalifa Hemed
Published March 4, 2017

 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) has created a special jury award category for women documentary filmmakers from Africa. As its March 15 film submission deadline approaches, Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) has created a special jury award category for women documentary filmmakers from Africa.

Screen Africa of South Africa reports that the award, known as Adiaha Award for Best African Female Documentary Filmmaker,has been created and sponsored by Edima Otuokon of Nigeria and Lara Preston of South Africa “to ensure that more female filmmakers all over Africa get involved in the development of documentaries.”

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Dubai Easter Package with Rwandair of US$830 per personDubai Easter Package with Rwandair of US$830 per personSaying that both Otuokon and Preston are actively involved in ZIFF, Screen Africa reports that their aim is “to raise the profile on documentary filmmaking on the continent.”

The winner of the award that shall be presented for the first time during the 20th edition of ZIFF scheduled for July 8-16, 2017 is expected to walk away with US$2000 cash, a Statuette and a certificate.

ZIFF encourages female filmmakers to submit films into its general competition as well as in the special Adiaha Award for Best African Female Documentary Filmmaker category.

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Meanwhile, Kiswahili-speaking East Africans are encouraged to visit Oman through special travel packages on Emirates and Qatar airlines.

Kiswahili-speaking East Africans are encouraged to visit Muscat in Oman through special travel packages on Emirates and Qatar airlines.For US$1370 per person sharing, one will get:

  • Return flights from Nairobi to Oman
  • Meet and assist upon arrival
  • Return airport Transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Muscat Half day City Tour
  • Sunset Boat Cruise Tour
    Two-Hour Dolphin Watching Tour, and
  • Travel InsuranceNot covered are:
  • Visa and visa fees
  • Lunch and Dinner, and
  • Drinks.

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Kenya Airways has special fares from Nairobi to Antananarivo and MumbaiAlso offering special fares from Nairobi to Antananarivo, Mumbai, Addis Ababa and Dubai are Kenya Airways (KQ) , Ethiopian Airlines (ET) and RwandAir.

Kenya Airways charges US$865 in economy class to Antanarivo for tickets bought by March 8 for travel anytime. However, this fare must be purchased seven days before travel.

To travel to Mumbai in business class, KQ is charging US$1225 per passenger for tickets bought by March 31 for travel on or before April 30, 2017.

The fares in both economy and business classes, KQ says, include taxes and fees.

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On its part, ET not only has discounted fares from Nairobi to Addis Ababa from US$295 that are inclusive of taxes, but stresses that date change penalties on its tickets are almost negligible.

Ethiopian has discounted fares from Nairobi to Addis Ababa from US$295 that are inclusive of taxesThen there is the Dubai Easter Package with Rwandair of US$830 per person that covers flights and four nights accommodation on bed and breakfast at three-star Fortune Pearl Hotel. This rate also covers:

  • Dubai Visa
  • Meet & Greet
  • Airport transfers in Dubai
  • Half day city tour
  • Desert safari & BBQ, and
  • Dhow cruise.