Zanzibar, November, 3rd, 2016 (SIGNIS/ZIFF). SIGNIS is proud to announce that the director of SIGNIS Services Rome, Fr. Fabrizio Colombo, has been appointed as the new director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Fabrizio will follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Mhando who stepped down in 2016 after nearly 10 years as the ZIFF Director.

Fabrizio is no stranger to ZIFF or Zanzibar, having played a critical role in ZIFF for the past 5 years as Assistant Festival Director. Fabrizio’s passion for cinema, and particularly African cinema, has developed over many decades’ worth of development and media work across Europe and Africa.

Fabrizio has worked across various media platforms since the 1980’s with a particular focus on training and development within the sector. In addition to his work at ZIFF, Fabrizio was the Acting Director of the African Film Festival of Verona from 2006-2012, and also held the position of Programmer and Artistic Director at the KIKAKA African Film Festival in Florence Italy for a number of years.

Fabrizio has an extensive knowledge of, and an unmatched passion for, African cinema and over the past few years at ZIFF he has become an invaluable resource in terms of his organizational skills, programming ability, as well as for his communication and management skills.

Former ZIFF Festival Director, Dr. Martin Mhando has this to say of his replacement, “ZIFF could not have found a better replacement for the position of festival director. Fabrizio's knowledge of world cinema, his flair for the arts, his experience in festival management and in the ZIFF festival ethos, makes him the natural successor. ZIFF is in very capable and safe hands.”

Fabrizio has committed to putting film at the centre of next year’s festival that will celebrate the theme “Finding Joy”, Kusikaa Furaha.