Africa: 11 Countries Submit Films for Nacz/Piff-Africa 2021 Festival


Twenty — THREE film entries from various African countries have been selected to participate in the inaugural edition of the Piton International Film Festival (PIFF-Africa) 2021 Film Festival.

The festival which is a partnership between the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) and the PIIF will run virtually from next month on dates already set.

The festival will take place on May 13 to 23 and organisers of the event have announced that preparations are at an advanced stage.

NACZ Provincial Arts Manager for Midlands Province and the Programme Coordinator, Farai Kupfavira, said there has been an overwhelming response from the continent to take part in the initiative to promote filmmakers who are based in Africa.

“At the close of submissions on the 17th of April, we had received 23 films from 11 African Countries including, South Africa, Morocco, Uganda, Cameroon and 2 films from Zimbabwe were submitted,” she said.

Kupfavira said the themes and storylines for the submitted films were varied and included topical and hot issues that affect the African continent.

“The issues tackled in the films are wide and they include Gender-Based-Violence and Sexuality which are prevalent in many countries even outside the African continent”, she said.

Ed “Umoja” Herman the president and founder of PIFF was also ecstatic about the entries to the festival which only opened in January.