Eighth annual Jozi Film Festival: call for submissions

Jason Howes, winner of the 2018 Best SA Short Documentary award, being interviewed at the festival.

The eighth annual Jozi Film Festival will take place from 3 to 6 October 2019 in venues around Johannesburg. The organisers are inviting submissions from filmmakers for consideration for this year’s festival.

“Having your work shown at the authentic Jozi Film Festival – Joburg’s longest running independent film festival – is a great opportunity for new and established filmmakers to reach a discerning, influential audience,” says festival founder, Lisa Henry. “Over the years we have shown several films that have gone on to achieve phenomenal commercial success – films like iNumber Number (now also a successful TV series), Dora’s Peace, Shepherds and Butchers, Whispering Truth to Power, The Black Mambas, Supa Modo and (one or two more?).”

The Discovery Channel’s Don’t Stop Wondering Award will be returning to the festival in 2019 for a third consecutive year: “Since the award was launched in 2017 we have seen close to 500 short films from across Africa, and we are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity once again,” says Henry.

This year’s prize from Discovery Channel will include a Canon XF-405 video camera with Singer Photographic camera accessories worth over $5,800 for the winner to use for their next filming project. More info here.

All submissions must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

Entries will be judged in the following categories:

  • Best South African Feature Film
  • Best International Feature Film
  • Best South African Documentary (long)
  • Best International Documentary (long)
  • Best South African Documentary (short)
  • Best International Documentary (short)
  • Best South African Short Fiction
  • Best International Short Fiction
  • Best South African Student Film
  • Best Director
  • Don’t Stop Wondering Award

Submissions close on 16 June 2019.

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Chanelle Ellaya
Chanelle Ellaya is the editor of Screen Africa. She completed her BA Journalism degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. While writing is her passion, she has a keen interest in the media in various capacities. Chanelle is an avid social media networker and a firm believer in the power of social and online networking. Between writing and tweeting, she finds time to feed her love for live music.


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