The Zimbabwe International Film & Festival Trust (ZIFFT) is proud to announce the launch of the Smartphone Short Film Competition 2023 (SSFC23). This competition is open to all young Zimbabweans from 16 to 34 years of age who are passionate about filmmaking and storytelling.


The theme for the SSFC23 is “Aspiration5.” This theme is inspired by Aspiration 5 of AGENDA 2063: The Africa We Want. ASPIRATION 5 calls for an Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values, and ethics. We encourage you to use this theme as inspiration.


The primary objectives of the SSFC23 are to:

Shortlisted films will be screened on ZTN Prime in the Zimbabwe Territory
The top 3 films will be put on PlayAfrikaTV Transactional Video on Demand (TVOD) Platform



You will need to create an account and then upload your film.


All films will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Storytelling
  • Technical proficiency
  • Relevance to the theme


Deadline for submissions:25 December 2023

Announcement of finalists: 31 January 2024

We encourage all young Zimbabweans with a passion for filmmaking to enter the SSFC23. This is a unique opportunity to showcase your talent and make your voice heard.

For more information, please visit our website or contact us at

We look forward to receiving your submissions!