Zanzibar International Film Festival Director Martin Mhando announced at the ZIFF 2015 closing ceremony the official theme for the 19th version of the festival; This Journey of Ours: Ndiyo hii Safari Yetu.
As Mhando explained, 
“This simple theme is yet complex in its implications.  Any journey is symbolic of life, with its trials and tribulations, its highs and lows and with its destinations that change with time. On the road of life the journey transforms us through its bends and long stretches making speed a companion of ours like the shadow.
Journeys lead us to crossroads making drama of any choice we make but we are still travelling onward even though we may actually have taken a detour. And what happens when we get lost? Do we simply sit down and cry and give up? No we journey on trying new routes full of hope and anticipation.
Many journeys portend destinations but destinations do not define journeys for every trip of our lifetime teaches us perseverance, patience and inspires motivations. And however easy or tough the journey might have been, destinations often inspire new journeys.
The 2016 ZIFF dates were also announced with the festival taking place from July 9th – 16th 2016. 
ZIFF is the largest multi disciplinary art and cultural festival in East Africa will take place from the 18th – 26th of July 2015. 
The Zanzibar International Film Festival is the longest running film-festival in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition.
The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries. Every cent raised from sponsors and donors ensures the widest possible accessibility of high- quality international screenings and cultural events to all sections of the Tanzanian population.
The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is a catalyst for the promotion and development of the region’s cultural industries. It encourages and supports the development of artistic skills and the infrastructure necessary for a vibrant and innovative arts environment. 
The festival programme gives particular prominence to the visibility and interests of women and children, including the youth.
The main panorama features international film and video screenings, and international retrospectives along with music and performances, main stage events, exhibitions, workshops and seminars. 

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