Established by the EU Delegation to Zimbabwe and its Member States in 2016, the European Film Festival Zimbabwe (#EuroFilmFestZW) has become one of Zimbabwe's leading film industry events. With a focus on showcasing fresh cinematic experiences, the festival has thus ignored mainstream narratives. Instead, the EuroFilmFestZW has offered a platform of diverse and visually unique storytelling, a celebration of both European and African cinema.
Over the years, the EuroFilmFestZW has developed and grown from showcasing European films, to functioning as a full-fledged film festival. With programming specific to the development of the local film industry, the festival has facilitated opportunities to both engage and educate Zimbabwean filmmakers at an international level.
The motivation for the 2023 Festival continues working on improving the existing successful programs, with this year’s edition gearing towards supporting Zimbabwean film practitioners with advanced skills that will allow them to produce competitive products that also fit in the local and international markets. Crossing Borders as the theme, demonstrates our aim of building bridges for the film industry, thus also engaging the local television stations for possible future screenings and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in formulating a film policy that will help boost the sector.