6th Jozi Film Festival winners announced

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The sixth annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) wrapped on Sunday night with an awards evening at The Sheds, 1 Fox Precinct. Emerging filmmakers rubbed shoulders withestablished talent, alongside JFF sponsors and supporters. The event kicked off with a haunting performance by artist Bongeziwe, and MC John Vlismas was as funny, controversial and outrageous as always.

JFF2017 winners:

Best South African Student Film: Cassandra (Dir. Robyn Palmer)
Best International Student Film: Lunch Time (Dir. Alireza Ghasemi, Iran)

Best South African Short Documentary: The Bliss of Ignorance (Dir. Simon
Waller)
Best International Short Documentary: Nobody Dies Here (Dir. Simon Panay,
France)

Best South African Documentary: Uprize (Dir. Sifiso Khanyile)
Best International Documentary: Tchindas (Dir. Marc Serena, Spain)

Best South African Short Fiction Film: The Hangman (Dir. Zwelethu Radebe)

Best International Short Fiction Film: La Voce/Voiceless (Dir. David Uloth,
Canada)

The final award of the night was the inaugural Discovery Channel’s ‘Don’t Stop Wondering’ Award – a special category which aims to recognise African filmmakers who are sparking viewers’ curiosity with new, exciting and unique African stories.

A tremendous success overall, Discovery Channel received over 200 entries of 2-5 minute documentary films from across Africa for the “Don’t Stop Wondering’ category, and generated thousands of public votes to decide the final winner.

The winning film was The Tragedy of Africa by Dusty Van Niekerk, a film about rhino poaching and the importance of conservation. Debbie Brady, Discovery Networks’ Commercial Director for Africa, handed over the prize to Dusty – a $5 000 bursary from Discovery Channel to go towards his next film project. The Tragedy of Africa, along with the other nine films that made the final Top 10, can be viewed here.

No awards were given out to Best Feature Film as JFF did not accept the minimum number of feature film submissions in a competitive category this year.

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