The sixth annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) came to a close this past Sunday. The nature of  our business, being a lifestyle business means that we are involved in a number of creative endeavors. CN&Co is proud to  have been part of the Jozi Film Festival from its inception to the prestigious event it has become. We would also like to congratulate all the winners and participants.  Below is a media release highlighting all the winners.

JFF2017 winners:

Best South African Student Film: CASSANDRA (Dir. Robyn Palmer)

Best International Student Film: LUNCH TIME (Dir. Alireza Ghasemi, Iran)

Best South African Short Documentary: THE BLISS OF IGNORANCE (Dir. Simon Waller)

Best International Short Documentary: NOBODY DIES HERE (Dir. Simon Panay, France)

Best South African Documentary: UPRIZE (Dir. Sifiso Khanyile)

Best International Documentary: TCHINDAS (Dir. Marc Serena, Spain)

Best South African Short Fiction Film: THE HANGMAN (Dir. Zwelethu Radebe)

Best International Short Fiction Film: LA VOCE/VOICELESS (Dir. David Uloth, Canada)

The final award of the night was the inaugural Discovery Channel’s “Don’t Stop Wondering” Award – a special category which aims to recognise African filmmakers who are sparking viewers’ curiosity with new, exciting and unique African stories. 
A tremendous success overall, Discovery Channel received over 200 entries of 2-5 minute documentary films from across Africa for the ‘Don’t Stop Wondering’ category, and generated thousands of public votes to decide the final winner.  

The winning film was “The Tragedy of Africa” by Dusty Van Niekerk, a film about rhino poaching and the importance of conservation. Debbie Brady, Discovery Networks’ Commercial Director for Africa, handed over the prize to Dusty – a $5 000 bursary from Discovery Channel to go towards his next film project.

“The Tragedy of Africa”, along with the other nine films that made the final Top 10, can be viewed here.

No awards were given out to Best Feature Film as JFF did not accept the minimum number of feature film submissions in a competitive category this year.