The sixth annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) kicks off at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Opening night will see the screening of the top 10 films selected from an Africa-wide search for filmmaking talent in partnership with Discovery Channel.

The inaugural Discovery Channel “Don’t Stop Wondering” competition called for African filmmakers to submit a two- to five-minute film that showcases and celebrates unique African stories while capturing Discovery’s ethos of sparking curiosity. From the submissions, 10 films were shortlisted and broadcast on Discovery Channel. Members of the public were then asked to vote for their favourite film via Discovery’s website.

“We’re so proud to have been a part of this competition,” says JFF founder and organiser Lisa Henry. “Discovery Channel offered African filmmakers a remarkable opportunity with this competitive category and they have been a wonderful group of people to work with on this.”

The “Don’t Stop Wondering” award carries a cash prize of $5,000 [almost R 65,000] from Discovery Channel. The winning filmmaker will be announced on Sunday, 24 September 2017 at the Jozi Film Festival Awards with John Vlismas as the MC. The awards will be held at The Sheds, 1 Fox Precinct, Johannesburg CBD.

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Tchindas – South African premiere – 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

In this multi-award winning documentary film from Spain, directors Marc Serena and Pablo Garcia Perez de Lara travel to Cape Verde to explore the lives of the transsexual community in the city of Mindelo in the run up to its annual carnival. The film centres on Cape Verde’s most famous transgender activist, Tchinda Andrade.

“She was the first to open the way for others to express themselves,” says Serena.“Tchinda is a natural leader.”

She has been so influential that the trans community in Cape Verde are referred to as “tchindas” by locals.

We are thrilled that co-director Marc Serena will be joining us for this South African premiere at 8pm on Saturday, 23 September at Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank, says Lisa.

“It’s very special to premiere the film in South Africa with Jozi Film Festival. It gives another perspective of the continent and we hope people from Jozi will love it,” says Marc.


JFF is pleased to announce a new partnership with AACA (African Academy of Cinematic Arts). From seven-week music video courses to year-long filmmaking and acting courses, this fully accredited academy strives to ready the emerging filmmaker or actor to enter the real world of the local film industry, 100% prepared for the job.

AACA, in partnership with JFF, will be running a day of film workshops on Saturday, 23 September, at their Maboneng premises (10 Van Beek Street). These workshops are free and open to any aspiring or emerging filmmakers. Maumela Mahuwa from SABC 2’s Muvango will be speaking on her 12-year history in film and television. No booking required – just turn up! Programme of events can be found on the AACA website.

All JFF2017’s films will screen at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau and The Bioscope in Maboneng from 21-24 September 2017. Bookings can be made online through Ster-Kinekor (from Wednesday, 12 September 2017). Download the Ster-Kinekor App on your smart phone for updates, news and to book tickets from your mobile or call Ticketline on 0861 MOVIES (668 437). Tickets are also available on The Bioscope’s websites.

Check out the full programme on the JFF website.

A wide-ranging selection of great short fiction films, documentaries, feature films and student films from both South Africa and internationally are on offer over the Heritage Day weekend. Follow Jozi Film Festival on Facebook for all the updates on the festival and more info about each film.


The Jozi Film Festival was initially created to provide a platform for local filmmakers in Johannesburg, and to develop an audience for South African films. While still prioritising 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. Proudly 100% independent.

About Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau

Cinema Nouveau is a division of Ster-Kinekor Theatres (South Africa’s largest cinema exhibitor) and operates fully-digital cinema houses with 26 screens and just under 3 000 seats. The four theatre sites are spread across Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. Cinema Nouveau holds the prestige of being one of the world’s only dedicated “art cinema” chains, screening independent, alternative and art cinema content from cultures across the globe. It promises a unique and inspiring cinema experience – a destination for film lovers with a passion for and appreciation of the beauty and artistry of film.


Lisa Henry