European Union Film Festival Press Release

BULAWAYO: The EU Film Festival is back in Zimbabwe for its third addition with exciting new offerings for local filmmakers and enthusiasts and a programme packed with arthouse and blockbuster movies. Everyone is on the guest list: All screenings are for FREE!

The EUFF kicks off in Bulawayo from 15 – 19 October at Ster Kinekor, usually known as SK. SK is at the Bulawayo Centre (BC), along J.N Nkomo Street between 8th and 9th avenue. The festival will kick off with an opening where Bulawayo artists will be showcasing their various acts. Once again, the European Union and its Member States set the stage for the line-up of an acclaimed assortment of films.

This year’s EU Film Festival offers a fresh cinematic experience: the programme presents art on a big screen canvas. Whilst many movies are internationally acclaimed and awarded, the focus moves away from mainstream narratives to a more diverse and visually unique storytelling approach.” said head of EU Delegation: EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen

“Our cinematic trip through Europe takes us to various countries, travels through various genres and covers a variety of topics – there is a movie for every taste,” added Olkkonen

In 2019, and for the first time, the EU Film Festival also broadens its scope to the Zimbabwean filmmaker scene. Part of the festival programme is a Masterclass for local filmmakers. The Masterclass will be facilitated by Ugandan-Belgian propsmaster Isaac Simba, who has worked on different international productions in Africa such as Sara’s Notebook, Queen of Katwe and Journey of Jamaa. His workshop will focus on elaborating the importance of property and set dressing in a film frame and will take place in Bulawayo and Harare respectively.

Additionally, each movie screening during the Festival will be followed by a facilitated Q&A session to allow for questions, feedback and comments. Furthermore, the Zimbabwe film industry will have the opportunity to host inputs session on various self-chosen topics to share, discuss and learn from each other. Both Q&A sessions are open to everyone who is interested, attendance is free.

The EU Film Festival is also proud to announce the award-winning film producer Kibby Fioria will join this year’s edition and curate a programme of selected outstanding short films from Africa titled “Manyatta Screenings”.

Much more information on all the films, the programme and side events is available on the dedicated Facebook page @EUFilmFestivalZimbabwe, or from our media partners @GilmoreTee and @PaperBagAfrica on Twitter, @EarGroundZW on Facebook and and LifeWalkTV on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.