Jozi Film Fest announces winners, new partnership with Discovery

The fifth annual Jozi Film festival wrapped with an Awards evening held at La Vie En Rose at Killarney Country Club. The four-day festival took place at Rosebank's Cinema Nouveau, The Bioscope in Maboneng and Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto with 40 films selected to be screened from just under 300 entries.

The closing event of JFF2016 honoured the best films in five categories. And the winners are:

Dora's Peace (Kosta Kalarytis) - Best South African Feature Film
Bon Voyage (Marc Wilkens) - Best International Short Fiction
Amagugu (Nduduzo Shandu) - Best South African Short Fiction
A Billion Lives (Aaron Biebert) - Best International Documentary
Doc-U-Mentally (Francois Wahl) - Best South African Documentary
Tabula Rasa (Sandor Csoma) - Best Student Film
Wonder Boy for President (John Barker) - Audience Choice Award

No awards were given out for Best International Feature or Best Documentary Short this year. When less than three films are accepted in any one category, no award is given out. (The Jozi Film festival does not curate their festival but relies on a call for submissions).

Colbert Dube, winner of the JFF and Easy Equities Short Phone Film competition, received his prize for his film Jozi: Love/Hate and runners up Mexiy Van Der Merwe (JoHustleBurg) and Nduduzo Shandu (Crossing the Divide) each claimed R1 000 from JFF as runners up.

(Shandu also won Best SA Short Fiction Film (Amagugu) and was nominated alongside 5 other directors for Best South African Documentary for Soweto: Time of Wrath).

Discovery to back award for upcoming African filmmakers

Also announced at the Awards was a partnership for 2017 between Discovery and the Jozi Film festival. Discovery Network's Commercial Director for Africa, Debbie Brady, spoke about the launch of a special competition for new and aspiring African filmmakers.

The "Discovery Channel Don't Stop Wondering" Award will call for short-form films that showcase and celebrate unique African stories, and speak to Discovery's ethos of sparking curiosity. Shortlisted submission will be judged by Discovery's team of internationally recognised programme commissioners.

"We are incredibly excited to partner with the Jozi Film Festival and tap into the emerging filmmaking talent present across Africa," said Debbie Brady, Commercial Director, Discovery Networks Africa. "Discovery has a long history of capturing captivating African stories and bringing them to audiences around the world.

"For the first time, we want to celebrate the untold stories and unique voices that make this continent great, with an award that will provide a launch-pad for new and aspiring filmmakers who are doing things differently and speak to the true ethos of Discovery Channel.

"We look forward to seeing what Africa has to offer when the 'Discovery Channel Don't Stop Wondering' Award launches next year."

Jozi Film Festival would like to thank Easy Equities and The City of Joburg for sponsoring the festival. Thank you to the Goethe Institut for the use of their venue for our Film Industry Talks. Thank you to the guest speakers at the talks that were held in partnership with AFDA.

They would also like to thank all the filmmakers who submitted their films this year and all the people who give of their time and energy to make the festival a success. Final thanks to the people of Jozi who came out and watched the films.

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