Mid October is sorted as far as film goes in Bulawayo with the return of the third installation of the EU Film Festival. Film lovers and enthusiast are in for a thrilling programme line up packed with arthouse and blockbuster movies. All screenings are free, leaving you with only transport and company to worry about, might as well mark your calendars!
The festival kicks off in Bulawayo from the 15th to the 19th of October at Ster Kinekor theatre in Bulawayo Centre, along J.N Nkomo Street between 8th and 9th avenue. This year’s edition has films from Spain, Romania, UK, Portugal, France, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Austria, with a diverse assortment of drama, romantic, action films and documentaries.
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,
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 props master 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 Kioria who 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.