Jozi Film Festival 2017 Offers African Filmmakers A Chance To Win $5,000 US Dollar

After receiving over 200 entries from across the continent, Discovery Channel is proud to announce the Top 10 finalists for the Discovery Channel ‘Don’t Stop Wondering’ Award.
Submissions for the sixth annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) close on Wednesday 31 May 2017. As always, JFF called for feature films, short fiction films, documentaries (both short and long) as well as student films, both from South Africa and internationally.

As an addition to our regular lineup, and for the first time this year, the Jozi Film Festival is thrilled to be partnering with Discovery Networks to launch a brand new category - The Discovery Channel "Don’t Stop Wondering Award” called for 2-5 minute documentaries from filmmakers across Africa which showcase and celebrate unique African stories and capture Discovery’s ethos of sparking curiosity. This was an Africa-wide search for filmmaking talent that carries a cash prize from Discovery Channel of $5,000 for the final winner to go towards their next filming project.

“For over 30 years Discovery has been satisfying curiosity, breaking ground with high-quality factual entertainment programming that inspires and entertains audiences around the world,” said Lee Hobbs, VP of Brand & Content, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “Discovery Channel’s Don’t Stop Wondering brand positioning is a call to action; a challenge to always remain curious and celebrate the value of treading your own path. Through this new partnership with the Jozi Film Festival, we hope to discover films that showcase what curiosity means to individuals today, all shot within a contemporary African context, and celebrate the continent’s remarkable filmmaking talent.”

These Top 10 films as selected by a JFF and Discovery jury will be broadcast on Discovery Channel in July and August, and later at the sixth annual Jozi Film Festival in September. The winning film will be selected by popular vote via the voting tool on Discovery’s website: www.discoverychannelafrica.com and the winner will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the Jozi Film Festival Awards to be held on 24 September 2017.
This year’s festival will take place at various venues across Jozi from 21-24 September 2017.

ABOUT THE JOZI FILM FESTIVAL
The first multi-genre film festival in the City of Gold is now in it's sixth year. The Jozi Film Festival began in 2012 and was initially created to provide a platform for local filmmakers, to reach audiences under serviced by traditional cinemas and to develop an audience for South African films. The Johannesburg-based 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. While still prioritizing local film, JFF now accept films from around the world – features, short films, documentaries and student films. We are the longest running multi-genre festival in the City of Gold and our motto remains the same from Day One: We Love Jozi. We Love Film. 

The Jozi Film Festival does not curate its annual programme but takes the more egalitarian approach of relying on submissions to deliver a quality independent film festival that speaks to the diverse population of Johannesburg. The JFF team are all involved in the film industry themselves and would like to say thank you to all the filmmakers who have submitted their projects to us. 
The Jozi Film Festival is proudly independent, and a supporter of independent films.

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