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Joburg Film Festival: Join The Golden Circle Across Johannesburg

By in Art, Culture, Entertainment on October 10, 2016

This October, join the local and international film stars, directors, producers, film, TV, new media and entertainment industry leaders, as well as film buffs of all ages, in the inaugural JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL. The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL is open to all and everyone with a ticket is a VIP.

From Friday 28 October to Saturday 5 November 2016 multiple venues across the city will be screening a selection of top South African, African and international films. From free community events and public screening venues across the Joburg metropolis to traditional cinema screenings at cinemas in Rosebank, Maponya Mall, NewTown Junction and Killarney Centre, The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL will offer film fans, aspiring filmmakers and particularly the youth the opportunity to celebrate film and filmmakers.

In addition to a full schedule of international feature films, documentaries and shorts, the festival will include exclusive premiere events, parties and a full programme of workshops and outreach screenings.

FILM SELECTION

The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL curation team is proud to announce an excellent selection of films scheduled for screenings across the city. The program includes a number of World and African Premieres of some of the best films in the world today. The stellar South African feature film lineup includes the much anticipated world premiere of Mandela’s Gun by John Irvin, which has been selected as the opening night film, Vaya by Akin Omotoso, – Africa Premiere, Chemo club by Thandi Brewer – World Premiere, The Whale Caller by Zola Maseko – World Premiere, Hatchet Hour by Judy Naidoo – World Premiere, Push and shove – by Various – World Premiere, Love and Kwaito by Stephina Zwane. One of the highlights of the documentaries on the bill is highly anticipated offering by South African film maker, Rehad Desai, The Giant is Falling –World Premiere, and Soweto times of Wrath by Siphamandla Bongwana. 

The best of films from across the African continent enjoy a good showing too. Like a selection of the cream of Nigerian features and documentaries, 76 by Tonye Princewill and Wedding Party. Film lovers will finally get see the acclaimed historic drama, Birth of a Nation by Nate Parker –  USA. The film makes its African Premiere at Joburg Film Festival and has been chosen to be festival’s Closing Night film. Southside with You by Richard Tanne – USA – Africa Premiere, SPA Night by Andrew Ahn – USA – Africa Premiere, Kind of the Dancehall – by Nick Cannon -Jamaica – Africa Premiere.

There’s also a great variety of French language films from Francophone Africa and France. For instance, Le gang Des Antillais by Jean Claude Flaman, France – Africa Premiere, The Wedding Ring by Rahmatou- Keïta – Niger – Africa Premiere, Madame Courage by Merzak Allouache- Algeria. The Joburg Film Festival Film programme will also feature the best of the best films in the formof Award winning International Films like I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach- UK – (Palme d’Or Cannes 16), Hedi by Mohamed Ben Attia- Tunisia – (Best Actor – Berlinale 16), Ma Rosa by Brillante Mendoza- Philippines – Africa Premiere (Best Actress Cannes 16), The salesman by Asghar Farhadi- Iran- Africa Premiere (Best screenplay – Best Actor Cannes 16).

Apart from a cutting edge film programme offering, the Joburg Film Festival will host of international directors and actors who will descend on the City of Joburg to share in our celebration of the cinematic arts. 

The full festival screening schedule and a list of premiere events can be found on the JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL website, www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za

FILM INDUSTRY PROGRAMME

As part of its commitment to the local film industry, The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL will be presenting a high-level industry programme in partnership with DISCOP JOHANNESBURG, the Continent’s leading industry gathering for the commerce and coproduction of films, TV content, adaptation rights and packaged channels that will take place from 2 – 4 November 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre.  

The industry programme will include a host of workshops, events and panel discussions aimed at providing industry players with an opportunity to learn and exchange expertise about current best practice trends in the world today.

Some of the areas covered in the programme include: Spotlight on Women Film Makers, Writer, Producers, Directors and Show-runners.

Date: Wednesday, 2 November,

Time:  9:30 – 11:00   

Venue: Sandton Convention Center –  Bill Gallager Room

This interactive panel discussion will feature the five Award Nominees who are some of the world’s leading media personalities today. DISCOP Johannesburg delegates and Joburg Film Festival attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to engage with these high-profile women in a discussion that will address various issues relevant to today’s aspiring and successful women in the media industries.  Within today’s media world, opportunities for women are brighter than ever, and these Nominees have paved the way for others with their innovative approaches to in relation to social empowerment, education and leadership. They will share their insights into entrepreneurship, abilities to unlock new audiences and ways to launch successful businesses, specifically within the African media environment. Confirmed participants to date include: Bongiwe Selane: Vice-Chairperson, IPO (Independent Producers Organization) & Creative Producer, Blingola Media, Paula Madison: Co-Owner & Consultant, The Africa Channel, Zain Verjee: News Anchor, CNN International & Founder and CEO, Zain Verjee Group   

Post production is key for content to reach potential market.

Date: Thursday, 3 November, Venue: Sandton Convention Center – Industry Programme Room A full day of workshops, seminars and panels with experts on various fields of post-production will provide participants insight on relevance of the post production process and elements of critical importance to achieve best results with a view of succeeding in a competitive market for high quality content.

YOUTH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

The Youth and Audience Development Film Industry Career Awareness Workshops in partnership with National Broadcast Institute (NABI), are specifically for participants who want to enter the film and television industry.  The integrated series of learning sessions will take place at National Broadcast Institute, 66 Carr, The Mills, 3rd Floor, in Newtown every Saturday from 1st October – 5 Nov 2016. Interested in participating in the workshops? Contact: [email protected] or Priscilla Nyoni at [email protected]priscill[email protected] and 011 492 1256

Participants will learn the fundamental tools of digital filmmaking, conceptualizing, researching, writing, producing, directing, cinematography, and editing. They will also direct their own five-minute individual observational films in crews of three or four persons. The trainees will get a chance to meet and interact with industry leaders who will participate in the workshops as well as meet some of the stars and talent from the films to be screened, as part of the Festival programme.

The career awareness workshops are targeted at young participants under the age of 35, with Grade 12 or Matric, with a focus on unemployed youth with little or no filmmaking experience. 

Some of the participants will stand a chance to qualify for the NABI accredited NQF 5 annual training course. Gauteng high schools are encouraged to participate by selecting and submitting a list of prospective learners who show dedication, willingness to learn and a need to create careers within digital media, television and broadcasting.

The Joburg Film Festival in partnership with entrepreneur and actor, Thapelo Mokoena’s Kasi Movie Nights, will host a series of special screenings of local feature films including Tell Me Sweet Something, Love and Kwaito, and a selection from the Push and Shove Short Film Series . The audience development screenings will take place at multipurpose community centres in townships in and around Johannesburg:  

Diepsloot Youth Centre: 1st Oct 2016: TELL ME SWEET SOMETHING

Riverlea Recreational Centre: 8th Oct: PUSH AND SHOVE

Yeoville Youth Centre: 15th Oct 2016: THE PEOPLE V/S THE RAINBOW NATION

Tshepisong Multipurpose Centre: 22 Oct 2016: LOVE AND KWAITO

Power Park Hall: 29th Oct 2016: LOVE AND KWAITO

Finetown Hall: 5 Nov 2016: PUSH AND SHOVE

Partners and Supporters

The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL is being made possible by the support of key sponsors and partners including:

Official Sponsors: City of Joburg, Department of Arts and Culture, Gauteng Tourism Authority

Industry Partners: NFVF, Gauteng Film Commision, Joburg Film Office, National Broadcast Institute, Kasi Movie Nights DISCOP Africa

Media Partners: KayaFM, Sterkinekor

Organizers: Enable Media

Learn more about the Joburg Film Festival at:

www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za

Twitter and Instagram: @JoburgFilmFest

Facebook: JoburgFilmFest

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