Zero budget film shines at Zimbabwe International Film Festival  

By Jacqueline Muchazoreka
MUTARE – Talented Mutare filmmaker – Thabiso Daudi Phiri’s zero-budget film A Tale Of Old Lovers came third in this year’s Hi5 Non Dialogue Short Film Competition held at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival in Harare recently.

Thabiso Daudi Phiri

Phiri walked home with $200 equipment hire voucher from Media Matrix in the Germany embassy sponsored event.
The young film maker rose to prominence in his college days after scooping an Inxusa theatre award for best playwright with his play Generation of Bondage in 2014.
Phiri who is currently employed as a screenwriter for popular ZTV soap ‘Wenera’ said he was elated after his work did well against over thirty other films that were entered in the competition.
“It’s really great to gain that recognition from such a platform, it means I’m doing something right. It actually came as a surprise because from the way I made the film I never expected it to do so well,” said Phiri.
The short film is an intriguing love story scripted around sculptors.
According to the writer, true love is marked by one’s ability to love someone regardless of their flaws.
The film was produced by Red Carpet TV and FAME Magazine with the help of a production crew consisting of Samantha Tariro Chitapi, Blessing Chigwenhembe and Talent Silas.
He produced the film on a zero budget something he said was forced upon them because of the harsh economic climate and vultures in the Zimbabwean film industry.
“It’s hard to survive from day to day let alone find resources to properly finance a production.
“At the same time this industry is full of people who monopolize everything from resources to opportunities. Working for someone they will just enslave you and not appreciate what you do for them.
“I honestly find it hard to single out one filmmaker or policy maker who is out there to better the industry they are all conniving to pursue and satisfy their selfish ends.”
Derby Bheta took first price through her film ‘Things we do for love’ with Sydney Tarevashe coming second with ‘A thousand men’.