The 2013 Festival theme, “A Shared History”, reflects on the history of the African continent and also humanity as a whole and acknowledges those who have come before and have ultimately triumphed.
In addition to showcasing the world’s most captivating and cutting-edge talent in film, there will also be live music and dance, art exhibits, a range of film and video industry workshops, seminars, a children’s film panorama, bullfighting in Pemba, and dhow races in Unguja.
Stone Town, the Festival’s venue in Zanzibar, is part of the United Republic of Tanzania and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This colorful port provides an exotic setting for the nine days of festivities. ZIFF has captivated serious followers of international film and music, students of African culture both past and present, and travelers interested in arts-centered fun for over a decade. Originally called the Festival of the Dhow Countries, the Zanzibar International Film Festival is now the largest annual event of its kind in East Africa.
Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Managing Director of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) noted, “the annual ZIFF event, which grows in popularity from year to year, also attracts visitors because of the unique opportunity to combine a rich cultural experience with a safari to some of Tanzania’s world-renowned game sanctuaries and archaeological sites. Short flights from Zanzibar can connect visitors to Arusha, the gateway to the northern safari circuit including the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro as well as the Ngorongoro Crater; and to Dar es Salaam (only a 15-minute flight) the gateway to the South, including Ruaha National Park and the Selous Game Reserve. All these create great pre or post Festival tour options.”
The official tour operator for ZIFF is Zanzibar Festival Tours. The tour offers a 10-night program to the Festival from June 28- July 3, 2013 including 4-star accommodations, airport transfers, most meals, expert guide and daytime excursions including spice farm and the Blue Dhow Safari with an optional three night extension to visit some of the best beaches in the world. For more information on the tours, visit www.zanzibarfestivaltours.com.