About Us


The Lusaka International Film Festival (LIFF)

an annual 8 day film platform that showcases primarily African feature films, short films and documentaries and hosts a number of workshops as well as a variety of events that feature other artistic genres.

The Short Documentary Film Project (SDFP)

an initiative that identifies aspiring and established filmmakers ‘with stories to tell’ and develops their skills through the production of short films.  SFP challenges participating Zambian filmmakers to tell their stories in new and innovative ways and to date the project has produced over thirty short films and documentaries.

Mobile Cinema Outreach:

incorporates programmes that aim at building larger audiences and visual literacy among Zambians with the vision of furthering the development of a stronger film culture in Zambia.  O2e projects include:  (i) Masterclasses, an educational video training programme for young people, (ii) Flash Forward, an internship programme for young aspiring entertainment journalists, and (iii) Schools go to the Cinema, which invites high and primary school students to watch films from around the world.

The Film Forum (FF)

this is the training and development arm of the Zambia International Film Festival Trust.  This programme offers filmmakers and film enthusiasts the opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to film and to learn new techniques in film production under the instruction of renowned African filmmakers.






Mission Test

To be a dynamic institution for the promotion of radical storytelling and sustainable innovations in film making both in Zambia and the region. To contribute to the film industry in Zambia and internationally by the development, production, selling and distribution of innovative audio visual products together with education and training services.

Objectives of LIFF

  • To create positive social and economic change through the use of media and culture;
  • To provide access to skills training and exhibition platforms for aspiring and professional Zambian filmmakers while ensuring that diverse ideas are represented;
  • To provide Zambians with a platform to explore and promote their culture and a venue to dissect and discuss African culture and cinema;
  • To provide opportunities for young people from various backgrounds, with special preference given to women, to make films and enhance their audiovisual literacy thereby increasing their chances of succeeding in the industry; and
  • To forge new creative partnerships across the African continent in order to further the innovative development of the film sector.