Shotgun Garfunkel wins Best Feature Film at JFF


SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: Shotgun Garfunkel, directed by Johnny Barbuzano,
won Best Feature Film at the third annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) while iNumber
Number by Donovan Marsh took the Audience Choice Award.

JFF came to a close on Sunday 23 February with an awards ceremony hosted by
stand-up comedian John Vlismas at The Rand Club.

Preceded with a performance by The Soweto Opera Quadro, the awards were
handed out by members of the jury such as radio personality and writer Kate
Turkington, Nthabeleng Phora, unit co-ordinator at the Gauteng Film
Commission, and Mike Boyd of and the Cambridge Film Festival.

The winners are:

Best Student Film
Across the Colour Bar by Luscious Dosi

Best South African Short Fiction Film
Security by Mark Middlewick

Best International Short Film
That Music (Colombia) by Dario Vejarano

Best Short Documentary
Bamba (Senegal) by Yirmeyah Beckles

Best Feature Length South African Documentary
The Devil’s Lair by Riaan Hendricks

Best Feature Length International Documentary
American Promise (US) by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson

Best Feature Film
Shotgun Garfunkel by Johnny Barbuzano

Audience Choice Award
iNumber Number by Donovan Marsh

JFF founder Lisa Henry and Brendon Burmester, festival director, concluded the
three-day event which, for the first time, included international films in the line-
up, by thanking all the filmmakers for entrusting their films with them. Burmester
said: “We are excited to have reached this point with JFF, the festival can only
grow from here.’

Report by Martie Bester


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