The festival began in 2012 and was initially created to provide a platform for local filmmakers and reach audiences under serviced by traditional cinemas. The festival began accepting entries from around the world in 2014 and is now firmly established as one of the sub-continent's leading film festivals. The Jozi Film Festival is proudly independent, and a supporter of independent films. We support and showcase both upcoming talent and veteran filmmakers.
Our festival takes place each year over a four-day period at various venues around Jo’burg - our cornerstone for the last 8 years has been The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng. We always open with a local film and the festival culminates in an Awards event where the best films in each category are recognized.
We rely on a voluntary jury of filmmakers/film industry people from SA and around the world to judge our entries. Our categories: Best Feature Film, Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Fiction, Best Student Film (SA only), and the Audience Choice Award. Awards are given out to both local and international films in these categories. This year we have added two new categories: Best South African Director and Best South African Music Video.
This will also be out third year partnering with Discovery Networks to bring a competitive category that offers a cash prize – this year’s call is for Real Stories by Real People About Real Lives. We’re looking for 3-5 minute films that will be broadcast on Real Time (DSTV 155).
OUR MOTTO: WE LOVE JOZI. WE LOVE FILM
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