Zanzibar TV Series in Competition Announced - ZIFF and The Africa Channel

Zanzibar TV Series in Competition Announced - ZIFF and The Africa Channel

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,


1. Tales Of Eve | The Present Past
Imoh Umoren - Nigeria
3. Umlilo
Denny Miller - South Africa
Dolapo Adeleke - Nigeria
5. Career Talk
Saitabao Kaiyare - Kenya
6. Crazy, Lovely, Cool -
Obi Emelonye - Nigeria
7. Before 30
Bodunrin 'BB' Sasore- Nigeria
8. Hard Copy
South Africa - Harriet Gavshon and Tim Greene (Producers)
9. iNumber Number
South Africa - Siphiwe Hlabangane (producer)
10. Talaaka
Nilesh Bhatt - Tanzania
Enah Johnscott- Cameroon
12. Ball'n Africa
Silalei Owuor - Kenya
13. Tumaini Senta
Kangethe - Mungai Kenya
14. Jab
Lucilla Blankenberg, Laddie Bosch - South Africa
16. Giving Nature a Voice
Andrew Tkach (Executive Producer) - Kenya
17. KERU
Victor Gatonye - Kenya
18. # Family
Kwezi kaganda Ruhinda - Uganda
19. La Msingi
Morrison Mwadulo - Kenya
20. Fihi Season
Carol Odongo Boy - Kenya


1. America Heard: Refuge of Hope
United States - Yasmin Mistry
2. Chronicles of a Paranoiac
Russian Federation - Nikita Tamarov
3. Connection House
Italy - Vincenzo Cavallo
4. Festival Politicos
South Africa- Tshego "Red" Mosiane, Misa Makwakwa Masokameng
Germany - Dorothee Wenner
Mexico - Fernando Perezgil, Gerardo LS, Emmanuel Basurto
7. Nadya
Tanzania - Shams Bhanji
8. Nekros Pizza
United States - Sean Manos
9. Ngalangala
Tanzania - Tom Johns
10. Our Best Friend's Wedding
Nigeria - Jerry Ossai
11. Prime Donne
Italy - Giacomo Spaconi
Italy - Michele Bevilacqua, Arcangelo Iannace , Francesco Spaziani
13. Seburikoko
Rwanda - Kennedy Mazimpaka
Kenya - Reuben Odanga
15. SUBS
South Africa - Tshego 'Red' Mosiane, Tseliso Monaheng
16. Tales of Shaa Umi and Nandis Adventure
Zimbabwe - Rodney Tapfuma Masanga
17. The Yard
Kenya - Busaka Jackton
18. Thesha
South Africa - Lungelo Mdlalose
19. Two sides of a coin
Kenya - Morris Simwa, Calvin Ombogo
Richard Magumba - Tanzania


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