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Festival fever ends in style
Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT)
September 04, 2005

The ten-day cinema escapade, the Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2005 under the theme Cre8! Elev8! Innov8! honoured this year’s festival winners at the official Award Winning Ceremony on the 3rd of September at the Sheraton Hotel.

The one and a half hour event saw a host of films receiving the traditional stone accolades mounted on wood designed by Sculptor, Tonderayi Mushaya. Presenting the film were a few popular personalities that included Phakeni Mokowani (Matongo) from the popular Zambian soap, Kabanana and Naomi Omar, Zimbabwe’s Miss Earth.

Short Film And Documentary Awards
Entrusted with the arduous task of selecting the winners, Aswhin Sikereta, Makomborero Muza and Tendesai Bakasa chose the following films as this year’s winners-

Best Documentary was Director, Peter Raymonds’ engrossing film, Shake Hands With The Devil from Canada. The award was sponsored by SACOD

Best Short Film went to the pleasant and playful story, LL Chandru IV B from India sponsored by Libertie.

For the first time in 2005, ZIFF honoured the best Zimbabwean Production, the Zimbabwe Calabash Award. The award went to Tawanda Gunda’s film Tanyardzwa

Another first was an award for the Best African Costume sponsored by Black Scissors. The award, which looked at African dress and a film that focused on the image of Africans in film was garnered by Thandiswa Mazwai in the documentary Spirits of Uhadi.

Sponsored by Multichoice was the Short Film Project Prize that went to Kukura Kuremerwa (Size Does Matter) written by Samuel Ziso Mudiwa and directed by Brighton Tazarirwa

Feature Film Awards 2005
The panel of Jury members for the feature film competition consisted of Steven Chigorimbo, Minali Da Silva and Nancy Kachingwe. The Jury’s favourites in all the categories included, The Sea Inside (Spain), The Hidden Blade (Japan), Tasuma, The Fire (Burkina Faso) ,Head On (Germany), Drum (RSA), Guess Who (USA), The Kiss (Belgium) and The Soul’s Place (Italy), which received multiple nominations but like all competitions, they had to choose a winner.

The Best Director was awarded to Hilde Van Mieghem for the Belgian entry, The Kiss sponsored by ZIFF’s official communication partner Libertie

  • Special Mention: Alejandro Amenabar for The Sea Inside from Spain

  • Best Picture was awarded to The Hidden Blade from Japan sponsored by sponsored by Rainbow Cinemas

  • Special Mention: Tasuma, The Fire directed by Daniel Kollo Sanou from Burkina Faso

  • Best Actor/ Actress in a Leading Role went to Sibel Kekilli from the German entry, Head On

  • Special Mention: Moshidi Motshegwa from Drum from South Africa

  • Best Screenplay was awarded to Head On from Germany written by Fatih Akin sponsored by hospitality giant, RTG/ACCOR

  • Special Mention: Guess Who written by Kevin Rodney from the United States of America

  • Audience Choice Award was awarded to The Sea Inside from Spain

By far the most important Award for the night, The Zimbabwe Film Service Award that was inaugurated last year, sponsored by the National Arts Council was awarded to film, theatre and television extraordinaire, Walter Mparutsa. The accolade is awarded to a local filmmaker who has contributed immensely to the film industry.

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