For immeadiate release, June 2018

The Emerson’s Zanzibar Foundation Film Award  

at the Zanzibar International Film Festival, July 2018

The board of the Emerson’s Zanzibar Foundation is delighted to announce the third award for  the best film made by local  Zanzibari filmakers  during The Zanzibar International Film festival (ZIFF), July 2018.

The theme this year will be Zanzibari Production, and this award will focus on fictional films. The award comprises of $1000, a trophy, framed certificate and a post award celebration hosted by Emerson Spice hotel. Our esteemed team of judges will be assessing films  submitted through ZIFF. The worthy recipient will be honoured at  ZIFF grand Award Ceremony in  the Old Fort.

The mission of the Emerson’s Zanzibar Foundation Film Award is to recognize the unique and significant nature of the local Zanzibari talent, which has emerged from the cosmopolitan island of Zanzibar. The award aims to inspire and promote Zanzibari film artists, who are pursuing their artistic vision in the archipelago, as well as promoting the culture and history of Zanzibar.

The Emerson’s Zanzibar Foundation is a leading organisation  honoring local Zanzibari film artists and the poet laureate, Mzee Haji Gora.  It is exciting to see the impact that the Emerson’s Zanzibar Film Award has had on the recipients professional lives and what they used the award money for. Salum Stika, the first recipient for his short film, Daladala went on to direct Binti Zanzibar, a Kiswahili feature film, which scooped four trophies, and 4,000,000 TSH from Azam TV Sinema Zetu Award. In a recent interview, Salum Stika acknowledged the  Foundation and  huge influence on his success.

Mbarouk Omar, the second recipient for his inspiring  documentary about  Kokota island in Pemba  has used the award to increase awareness of the important work he is doing on the island. Mbarouk was nominated for the prestigious BBC Outlook  Inspiration  Award.

The Emerson’s Zanzibar foundation Film Award is an important part of the on going legacy of the visionary Emerson Skeens, who co-founded the Zanzibar International Film Festival and Sauti za Busara music festival. He co-established the Dhow Country Music Academy. Emerson also created the world famous boutique hotels, Emerson Spice and Emerson on Hurumzi.

The award  will continue to help talented Zanzibaris gain more recognition and the opportunities they need and deserve.

Said el-gheithy