MORE than 100 Kiswahili films collected from different parts of the country have been shortlisted to compete in the forthcoming 2019 Sinema Zetu Film Festival (SZ FF) expected to climax on February 23rd next year in Dar es Salaam.
Briefing the 'Daily News' yesterday on the current trend of the whole exercise was the Festival's Organiser Sophia Mgaza, who revealed that all procedures to get the best produced local films were successfully adhered to.
"A team of expert personnel from Azam TV, Copyright Society of Tanzania (COSOTA) and Tanzania Film Board travelled to nine regions countrywide to give chance to movie makers to register their works and stand a chance of competing in various categories," she said.
She named the regions visited by the team to collect the intended films as Morogoro, Tanga, Arusha, Mwanza, Tabora, Mbeya, Ruvuma, Mtwara, Lindi, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. Mgaza further said currently, the Sinema Zetu team of experts is still receiving Kiswahili produced films from all countries which speak Kiswahili bearing in mind that Kiswahili language is growing rapidly in the world.
"This exercise has also touched countries which produce more films in Kiswahili like Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as one way to make the Awards very competitive," she narrated.
The exercise to get best produced Kiswahili films to win ticket to contest in the upcoming SZFF was officially inaugurated on October 1st this year and is expected to be closed on November 30th this month.
However, Mgaza said on J anuary 1st next year, Azam TV through its Sinema Z etu channel would start showing all the films which have been registered and shortlisted until the night of the Awards itself on February 23rd next year.
According to her, the theme for the 2019 SZ FF Awards is ' One Language, One Festival.'