From a pool of more than 3,500 entries received from 136 countries, two Kenyan films; Subira and Caged, managed to outshine other films to enter the 2019 edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival to compete in the Golden Dhow category.
The multiple-Kalasha-award winning feature film Subira, has also been selected as the opening film at Zanzibar International Film Festival kicking off on 6th July 2019. In its 22nd year, the festival will run from 6th to 14th July 2019 at the Old Fort in Zanzibar.
The animation film titled Caged by Stanslaus Manthi, will also be competing for the Golden Dhow in the Best Short Film category. Stanslaus says the animation has been inspired by real life stories of the youth who struggle to maintain false high-profile lifestyle who ultimately, end up being depressed resorting to addiction. In March this year, the short animation film premiered in the 5th Mashariki African Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda.
Over the years, the following Kenyan submissions have won the Golden Dhow prize. In the 2018 edition, Supa Modo by Likarion Wainaina won the prestigious award.