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Sixth annual Jozi Film Festival to open at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau

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The sixth annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) will open at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau on Thursday, 21 September with the top 10 films selected from an Africa-wide search, in partnership with Discovery Channel.

The 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. 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 the Discovery channel website. The Don’t Stop Wondering Award carries a cash prize of $5 000 (approximately R 6 4478) from Discovery Channel.

“We’re so proud to have been a part of this competition”, says JFF’sfounder 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.”

She adds, “As an organisation, we take pride in investing in showcasing a fusion of local and international talents on our screens. The film industry has made commendable strides and will continue to do so, and we want to be instrumental in achieving more success,” says Motheo Matsau, chief of marketing and sales at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

JFF has also announced a new partnership with AACA (African Academy of Cinematic Arts). From seven-week music video courses to year-long filmmaking and acting courses, this fully accredited academy aims to ready emerging filmmakers or actors to enter the world of the local film industry.

AACA and JFF, will be running a day of film workshops on Saturday, 23 September, at the Maboneng premises (10 Van Beek Street). These workshops are free and open to aspiring or emerging filmmakers. Maumela Mahuwa, from SABC 2’s Muvhango, will give a talk about her 12-year history in film and television.

All JFF’s films will screen at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau and The Bioscope in Maboneng from Thursday, 21 September to Sunday, 24 September. Bookings can be made online through Ster-Kinekor from Wednesday, 12 September. Alternatively, participants can download the Ster-Kinekor App on their smart phone for updates, news and to book tickets. Tickets are also available on The Bioscope’s websites.

The winning filmmaker will be announced on Sunday, 24 September at theJozi 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.

For more information, visit www.jozifilmfestival.co.za.

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