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About Cinema Society

Cinema Society of Zimbabwe (CSZ) is a cultural and creative non profit promoting the business of film in Zimbabwe. CSZ is registered with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe as a promoter of cultural and creative industries.

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Awards Categories

The following are the awards are competed for each year

This includes techniques as the general composition of a scene; the lighting of the set or location; the choice of cameras, lenses, filters, and film stock; the camera angle and movements; and the integration of any special effects.

This includes creating an organized flair and appearance for characters in the productions that contributes to the fullness of the artistic, visual world, which is unique to a particular film or cinematic production.

This includes the visual style of the story; that is the design of sets, location choices, costumes, makeup, graphics, props, lighting, camera angles and special effects.

This includes the manipulation of previously composed or recorded audio such as sound effects and dialogue. It may also involve the composition or manipulation of audio or sound to create a desired effect or mood.

This includes original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing, including the movement, actions, expression and dialogues of the characters.

This includes works in the categories of short, feature, documentaries, animation, and TV series done by undergraduate students as part of their coursework or projects.

This includes the technique of photographing successive drawings, paintings, or illustrations photographed frame by frame (stop-frame cinematography) or in positions of puppets or models to create an illusion of movement when the film is shown as a sequence.

This includes fiction or non-fiction motion pictures not long enough to be considered a full-length feature film. Short films should have a running time of up to 59min or less.

This includes fiction or non-fiction motion pictures with a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program. The film should have running time of 60 minutes or more.

This award will be that which the audience participates in selecting. The film with the highest points overall, selected through a focus group of about 10 people or more, representative of the public, will be identified to watch 3 to 5 films recommended by the expert jury for consideration in this category. Popular appeal is an important criterion in selecting the winning film in this category.

This award will be given to the outstanding male (s) actor (s) in the Feature Film category.

This award will be given to the outstanding female (s) actor (s) in the Feature Film category.

This includes a non-fictional (factual) treatment or analytical film (motion pictures) to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education or maintaining a historical record.

This category includes the complete film editing, color correction and the addition of music and sound to the film.

This category includes a group of program episodes intended for television broadcast or transmission with a common series title, with or without a predetermined number of episodes, and shall include a mini-series and a pilot episode produced for an intended television series.

This award will be given to the outstanding male (s) character (s) in the TV Drama category.

This award will be given to the outstanding female (s) character (s) in the TV Drama category.

This award will be given to an outstanding person or group in the promotion of the film industry in Zimbabwe and the Diaspora.

This award will be given to an individual who controls the film’s artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay/script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision.

This award will be given to an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role below that of the leading actor(s).

This award will be given to an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role below that of the leading actor(s).

This award will be given to feature films that deliver a dialog of up to 60% of the total film in indigenous languages with subtitles to strengthen the heritage and cultural identity of our communities.