5th Annual

Jozi Film Festival

September 15, 2016 to September 18, 2016

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Feature Fiction
Short Fiction
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short


The Jozi Film Festival is a non-profit organisation in Johannesburg, South Africa, committed to providing a platform for local and international filmmakers, and reaching new audiences through the powerful language of film. The festival also prioritizes independent films.

JFF2016: South Africa is both the first and third world world rolled into one and in many ways, a microcosm of the world we live in: articulating the South African problematic means articulating the global problematic. Most South Africans are longing to find their way to the mythical Rainbow Nation in a time of political instability and growing unrest. Most are grappling with race, class and identity issues. Does your film speak to these universal issues, regardless of whether you are South African or not? We are looking for films that deal with a variety of social issues that affect us all. Poverty, injustice, inequality, racism - the list goes on. We are looking for powerful films that portray the indomitable human spirit. Films that make us think, laugh, cry - that leave us feeling hopeful or hopeless. Films that cover the gamut of the human experience today.


Jozi Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the latest films made by South African and international filmmakers in one of Africa's most vibrant cities - Johannesburg.

The Fifth Annual Jozi Film Festival will take place from 15-18 September 2016 and will highlight the very best in filmmaking, presenting a multi-genre slate of films from emerging and established filmmakers, exploring a broad range of topics that affect our communities and stir our hearts and minds.

The festival will also offer provocative Q&A sessions with the filmmakers in attendance, as well as workshops and networking events.

Competition categories include: Best Feature Film, Best International Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature Film, Best International Documentary Feature Film, Best Short Fiction, Best International Short Fiction, Best Documentary Short, Best International Documentary Short, Best Student Film, and Audience Choice Award.


Ernest Nkosi (Organiser); Lisa Henry; Lisa Henry; Lisa Henry; Shareen Anderson (Festival Organizer); Shareen Anderson (Festival Organizer); Shareen Anderson (Festival Organizer); Shareen Anderson (Festival Organizer); Shareen Anderson (Festival Organizer)


Feature: Fiction
Films over 40 minutes are considered features.

Feature: Documentary
Films over 40 minutes are considered features.

Short: Fiction
Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films.

Short: Documentary
Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films.

Student Film
Up to 120 minutes.

Lisa Henry
Shareen Anderson
Ernest Nkosi
Warwick Allen




Each DVD or BLU RAY for projection must be labeled with name, filmmaker, contact info, running time and aspect ratio (4*3 or 16*9).

The accepted exhibition formats for our festival are: PAL and NTSC BLU RAY, and MPEG 2, MPEG 4, and AVI digital files.

Audio is STEREO only.

Submission deadline:
June 30, 2016 Filmmakers will be notified by September 1, 2016 if their film has been selected.

DVDs and BLU RAYs will not be returned unless a self-addressed envelope with prepaid postage is included with the submission.

No music videos or commercials.

More than one entry may be submitted.

Films must be produced (completed) no earlier than January 1, 2015.

The filmmaker will assume material costs and shipping costs of materials to JFF.

Please DO NOT send in a press kit until AFTER you have received notification from JFF.

Upon acceptance, Filmmakers must agree to send no less than two high resolution digital photos to be used at the JFF's discretion.

If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide: digital stills from the film; press materials; trailer (if available); posters and flyers (if available).

Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.

Not all invited films officially selected will be eligible for competition. The selection committees' and juries' decisions are final.

Title of work, and name of entrant must be on all mailing containers and mailing labels, video boxes, photographs, DVDs, etc.

Import declaration statements: all entries must be sent via air mail registered with the declaration: no commercial value; for screening purposes only.

Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing materials through customs.

JFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or festival scheduling.