ZIFF on track

HARARE - The Zimbabwe International Film Festival is on schedule for this year with 300 entries from all over the world to be considered for inclusion in the final line-up says Rumbi Katedza, the festival director.
The festival will include various animation workshops open to both filmma

kers and the public as well as seminars on HD and DV — the technologies that are fast overtaking celluloid film in the new millennium — as filmmakers find the digital technology far more accessible and affordable.
“An exciting new development at this year’s ZIFF is the African Co-Production Forum, which will see several southern African filmmakers pitching their feature films to a panel of experts. The producers of the winning project will then be flown and accommodated in Cape Town where they will participate at the prestigious Sithengi Film & Television Market. This initiative is an important step in creating a pipeline of African projects that will lead to increased film production on the continent,” said Katedza.
In addition to screening a collection of recent animated films, the festival will take a look at how film imitates life, which in turn — imitates film. Screenings will take place in Harare, Bulawayo and Chitungwiza, with flagship events that include the Opening Night Ceremo y on August 25, the Short Film Project launch on September 1 and the glamorous Closing Night Ceremony on September 2.

Farewell to Sigogo
BULAWAYO – The grand old man of Ndebele Literature, Ndabezinhle Sigogo, has died aged 74, leaving his wife, Irene, seven children and 13 grandchildren.
Sigogo’s prolific, award-winning 40-year writing career saw him produce 19 novels and children’s books and a number of poetry anthologies. Elias Mari, acting director of the National Arts Council described him as a “literary genius” who was passionately committed to the development and promotion of indigenous literature.
Despite having only been formally schooled to Grade Seven, Sigogo went on to astound a generation with his literary skill, determination and energy.
One of his most significant achievements was the translation of the Catholic Church’s liturgy, rites and other materials into Ndebele. – Staff reporter

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