Details Unveiled for Inaugural DISCOP Zanzibar


Further information has been revealed for the first edition of DISCOP Zanzibar, which is slated to take place next year at the Verde Hotel from July 11 to 13.

DISCOP Zanzibar will be held alongside the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) from July 7 to 15. The collaboration between ZIFF and DISCOP market organizers will see a larger focus on film within DISCOP Zanzibar, and also coincides with the announcement of two new categories of awards from ZIFF—best TV series and best web series.

DISCOP Zanzibar will include a market component led by pre-arranged meetings between key players driving Eastern Africa’s entertainment content development, production and distribution ecosystems.

The event will also host the sidebar NEXT GEN program, featuring three stand-alone knowledge-transfer and pitching tracks: DISCOPRO, centered on regional and international co-production opportunities; DISCORE, recognizing the importance of music and sync deals within the content space; and DISCOMICS, aimed at the animation, special effects, comic books and video-gaming sectors.

Ethiopia will be honored as Guest Country at DISCOP Zanzibar 2018.

“Noticeable business trends already point to how massive home-grown content consumption, intra-African trade and regional cooperation will be the dominant forces in shaping the continent’s entertainment marketplace,” noted Patrick Zuchowicki, DISCOP’s founder and general manager. “Holding a DISCOP market specifically targeting the East African media industry is key to the development of our brand.”