Zimbabwe Annual Film and Television Awards

Zimbabwe Annual Film and Television Awards

The Zimbabwe Annual Film and Television Awards (ZAFTAs) is the premier event that recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of actors, directors, producers, writers, presenters, technicians, and other industry players, connecting them to global audiences.

The mission is to promote creativity, collaboration, and excellence in the film and television industry. The ZAFTAs are held annually in Harare, Zimbabwe, providing a platform for showcasing the best of Zimbabwean talent to the world. As the custodian of the awards, the Cinema Society of Zimbabwe (CSZ) is committed to upholding the highest standards of excellence and promoting the growth and development of the industry.

The event will open with a glamorous red-carpet parade, followed by an awards ceremony complete with live musical entertainment. They are excited to showcase the best of Zimbabwean talent and to provide an opportunity for industry players to network, collaborate, and learn from each other.

Awards & Prizes

  • All ZAFTA winners will be presented with the ZAFTAs Trophy and the Certificate of Achievement. The ZAFTAs Trophy is a symbol of national pride, hard work and success and it reflects the dreams and ambitions of the Zimbabwean cultural and creative industry.

  • Classification of Films (Genres)
    Submissions will be classified into the following genres:

  • Feature Films: Film works with a length of 60 minutes and above based on imagination and not necessarily fact.

  • Short Films: Film works with a running time of 59 minutes or less, including the credits, and based on imagination and not necessarily fact.

  • Documentary: Film works of between that are based on factual events or facts about a person(s) or place(s).

  • Animation: This genre will house all film works consisting of a series of drawing, puppets; both computer and non-computer generated, to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence. (From 2 min+.)

  • Television Drama/Series; A television drama/series is a show presented in a dramatic way and explores a range of genres, from comedy, soap opera, science-fiction to costume drama, and usually engages
    with issues of the day in an accessible fashion that an audience can connect with. (Duration between 5mins – 60 mins)

  • Music: Music videos are short films that accompany a song and aim to enhance its meaning and impact. The award category celebrates the artistry and innovation of music video directors and cinematographers who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

  • Online Content: Encompasses a wide range of online content, including web series, podcasts, blogs, social media content, and other digital media formats.


  • To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

  • Only Zimbabwean citizens must submit their work.

  • Films that were previously submitted to other Awards are acceptable for submission.

  • There are no submission fees.

  • The film(s) submitted in the Indigenous Culture, Language and Tradition should have English subtitles.

  • Film(s) and documentary works being submitted must have been produced between January 2018 and September 2023.

  • Television productions, music videos, and online content created between January 2022 to September 2023 will be accepted.

  • Films from any country must have been directed or produced by a Zimbabwean citizen.

  • Video Format Requirements. Accepted File formats include .MP4, .AVI, MOV, .MP4, .M4V. Resolution from 480p, 720p and 1080p.

  • They only accept multiplexed files (i.e., with audio, video, and subtitles in a single file). Your film file should not exceed 4GB.

  • Trailers as a substitute for your film and work-in-progress shall not be accepted at the awards.

  • Return of Materials; any material submitted will not be returned.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Zimbabwe Annual Film and Television Awards

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