5th Annual

Jozi Film Festival

October 20, 2016 to October 23, 2016

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Sandton Gauteng 2146
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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 dedicated to enriching local culture, supporting the city’s vibrant film community, and reaching new audiences through the powerful language of film.


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, taking place in late 2016, 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. An exciting line up of South African and international films will be screened over a three-day period at several venues throughout the city, including The Bioscope Independent Cinema in the heart of Johannesburg.

The festival will also offer provocative Q&A sessions with the filmmakers in attendance, as well as workshops and networking events. Wrapping up the festival will be our exciting awards ceremony

Competition categories include: Best Feature Film, Best International Feature Film, Best Feature Documentary 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.


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.

Shareen Anderson
Lisa Henry
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:
July 15, 2016 Filmmakers will be notified by September 12, 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, 2014.

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. Film posters will not be accepted.

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.