Jozi Film Festival 2017 - Opening Night and highlights
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Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:01

The sixth annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) will open this year at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau on Thursday, 21 September 2017 with the top ten films selected from an Africa-wide search for filmmaking talent in partnership with Discovery Channel.

The inaugural Discovery Channel 'Don’t Stop Wondering' competition called for African filmmakers to submit a two to five minute film that showcased and celebrated unique African stories whilst capturing Discovery’s ethos of sparking curiosity. From the submissions, only ten films were shortlisted and broadcast on Discovery Channel. The general public was then asked to vote for their favourite film via Discovery’s website.

“We’re so proud to have been a part of this competition,” says JFF’s founder and organiser, Lisa Henry. “Discovery Channel offered African filmmakers a remarkable opportunity with this competitive category and they have been a wonderful group of people to work alongside on this.”

The 'Don’t Stop Wondering' award carries a cash prize of $5 000.00 [approximately R 64 478.00] from Discovery Channel. The winning filmmaker will be announced on Sunday, 24 September 2017 at the Jozi Film Festival Awards with John Vlismas as the Master of Ceremonies (MC). The Awards will be held at The Sheds, 1 Fox Precinct, Johannesburg CBD.



In this multi-award winning documentary film from Spain, directors Marc Serena and Pablo Garcia Perez de Lara travelled to Cape Verde to explore the lives of the transsexual community in the city of Mindelo in the run up to its annual carnival. The film centres on Cape Verde's most famous transgender activist: Tchinda Andrade.

"She was the first to open the way for others to express themselves," says Serena. "Tchinda is a natural leader." She has been so influential that the trans community in Cape Verde are referred to as "tchindas" by locals.

We are thrilled that co-director Marc Serena will be joining us for this South African premiere at 20h00 on Saturday, 23 September at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau.

“It's very special to premiere the film in South Africa with Jozi Film Festival. It gives another perspective of the continent and we hope people from Jozi will love it,” said Marc.


JFF is pleased to announce a new partnership with AACA (African Academy of Cinematic Arts). From 7-week music video courses to year-long filmmaking and acting courses, this fully accredited academy strives to ready the emerging filmmaker or actor to enter the real world of the local film industry, 100 per cent prepared for the job.

AACA, in partnership with JFF, will be running a day of film workshops on Saturday, 23 September, at their Maboneng premises (10 Van Beek Street). These workshops are free and open to any aspiring or emerging filmmakers. Maumela Mahuwa from SABC 2’s Muvango will be speaking on her 12-year history in film and television. No booking required – just turn up! Programme of events can be found on AACA’s website.

All JFF2017’s films will screen at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau and The Bioscope in Maboneng from 21 to 24 September 2017. Bookings can be made online through Ster-Kinekor (from Wednesday, 12 September 2017). Download the Ster-Kinekor App on your smart phone for updates, news and to book tickets from your mobile or call Ticketline on 0861 MOVIES (668 437). Tickets are also available on The Bioscope’s website. The full programme can be found on the festival website.

A wide-ranging selection of great short fiction films, documentaries, feature films and student films from both South Africa and internationally are on offer over the Heritage Day weekend. Follow Jozi Film Festival on Facebook for all the updates on the festival and more info about each film.

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