Winners of JFF announced
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Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:36
A poster of Zama Zama

Twenty three films were screened at the second annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) from 15 to 17 February 2013 at three venues across Johannesburg – The Bioscope Independent Cinema in the Maboneng Precinct, Villa Arcadia in Parktown and Kliptown in Soweto.

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, which releases countrywide on 1 March, opened the festival on 15 February at The Bioscope. Akin Omotso, the winner of 2012’s Best Feature Film award for Man on Ground, officially opened JFF 2013. “This is a great city and a great city should see itself reflected on screen,” said Omotso.

The JFF organisers report that they had sold-out screenings of Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, Orania and Extraction and 300 people attended the Kliptown screenings.

Comedian John Vlismas hosted the awards ceremony on 17 February at Villa Arcadia, a venue made possible through JFF’s partnership with Etana Insurance. The winners of JFF 2013 are:

Best Documentary Short Film:
Siphe Bongwana for Energy is Power.

Best Short Fiction Film (joint winners):
Guy Spiller for My Room at the Centre of the Universe
Nevil Sandama for iBalaclava

Best Student Film:
Miklas Manneke for Kanye Kanye

Best Feature Film:
Vickus Strijdom for Zama Zama

Audience Choice Award:
Henk Pretorius for Fanie Fourie’s Lobola

The winners of the Vodacom Mobile Phone Competition were also announced. The first competition of its kind, anyone living in Johannesburg or telling stories about Jozi could enter a one- to three-minute film shot on a mobile phone.

The Vodacom Best Mobile Phone Film:

First place: Justin Sandmann for Today’s Special
Second place: Jacqueline Wetselaar and Rohin Gosling for Jozi Dreams
Third place: Donna Sibande for Better Tomorro

The winners all received a Blackberry smartphone, Blackberry Internet Service for a year as well as airtime courtesy of Vodacom.

JFF was sponsored by the following organisations and their partners: Etana Insurance, Vodacom, Communications Advisory, Audio Network, Deacon Designs, Left Hand Films and Fort Greene Filmworks.

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