By Joseph Mchekadona
Organizers of this year’s European Youth Film Competition announces best films that have made it to the Top fifteen.
The competition is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the United Republic of Tanzania and the East African Community, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Embassy of France, the Alliance Française, British Council, and in close cooperation with the Tanzania Film Board.
Head of EU delegation in the country ambassador Roeland Van de Geer said the competition received 128 entries out of which 35 participants were selected to enter the competition.
He said after a three day workshop which was attended by 32 contestants, they were given a month to produce their films. And by 25 July, which was the deadline for submission, 23 films were submitted in time for the selection of the Top 15 films.
“The movies that made it to top 15 were selected according to compliance with the theme, creativity, video quality and compliance to the rules of submission” he said
He added: “Following a three day workshop which covered the facts, figures and implications of population growth in Tanzania and all elements of film making from pre – to post-production, the contestants were well prepared to face the challenge of capturing their thoughts on the topic on film.”
The workshop demonstrated that the high population growth in Tanzania provides for opportunities but also poses significant challenges, for example for social services such as health, education as well as infrastructure, he observed
The European Youth Film Competition has called for young and aspiring Tanzanian video producers (between 18 to 35 years) to compete in the production of short films (5-10 minutes) in any genre; documentary, fiction, animation and docu-dramas around the topic: “The Growing Population: a development challenge or an opportunity?”
16 films have made it to the Top 15 (due to a tie in scores) after an evaluation by a panel of judges made up of Mr Richard Ndunguru, Mr Issa Mbura, Mr Amil Shvji, Mr Deepesh Shapriya, and a guest judge Ms Tulanana Buhohela.
The Top 15 films will be screened around Dar es Salaam at no cost to the general public who will be given a chance to vote for their favourite film.
The Screening is scheduled for screening at Biafra Grounds (05.08.2017), Mbagala Zakheim (12.08.2017), Mwembe Yanga (19.08.2017) and Alliance Francaise (02.09.2017). Five films will be selected to compete for the finals which will be held in September.
The winning film will win prizes worth 7m/- while the first runner up will win prizes worth 5m/- and the second runner-up will win prizes worth 3 /- There will be other prizes in different categories.
The short films , docu -drama and animation lined up for competition are Msafiri by Christine Pande,Majanga by Cornel Mwakyanjala,Turudi Nyumbani by Daniel Manege,Home in the hills which was written by Denis Chacha,Uharibifu done by Dosi Dosi and Ngoma by Florence Mkinga.
Others are Source which was written by Francis Nyerere,Baraka by Frank Machiya ,Bajaji by Freddy Feruzi,Urban Immigration by Karimu Michuzi and Kijacho by Kherry Kafuku.
Other films, doc-drama and animation making the list are Watoto wangu done by Louis Shoo,Clinic by Malik Hamis ,Tone by Rashid Songoro ,Shida Zauani by Taragwa Marwa and Watu na Samaki by Wambura Mwakebe.
He said in order to vote for their favorite film, which will win the category of 'People's Choice', the audience will send a SMS with a code for each movie to the number 0746520610 and the sender will receive a message thanking him/her for voting.