Jozi Film Festival 2017 – Opening Night and highlights


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


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

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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