Organisers of the 2016 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) recently announced that submissions for the 2016 edition are now open.

According to the festival's director Martin Mhando, the upcoming 19th edition will hold from July 9 to 17, 2016, in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Every year, ZIFF screens over 60 films made in Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, USA and Asia.

The theme of the 2016 Festival is ."

The deadline for submissions is  set for February 29, 2016.

The main competition for the Golden Dhow and Silver Dhow awards is open exclusively to filmmakers from the Dhow countries. These include countries of the Indian Ocean Rim and Indian Ocean Islands, including Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan; and all African countries.

The Sembene Ousmane Award Competition is only for African and Diaspora filmmakers and partner producers.

ZIFF is accepting feature, short, fiction, documentary and animation film submissions, with a particular focus on films produced by African and Dhow country directors.Online submissions from Tanzania are free, as well as music video entries from East Africa.

Participants can visit the ZIFF website for more information.