An Africa-wide competition for filmmaking talent straddling feature films, short fiction films, documentaries (both short and long) as well as student films, will be officially launched on Monday 6 February 2017 by the organisers, Jozi Film Festival (JFF).
The winner will be handed a cheque for US$5,000 from Discovery Channel one of the sponsors of JFF, to go towards their next filming project. Entry is free and multiple entries are welcome.
A statement from JFF said they are thrilled to be partnering with Discovery Networks to launch a brand new category to this year’s lineup.
“The “Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award” will call for 2-5 minute documentaries from filmmakers across Africa which showcase and celebrate unique African stories and capture Discovery’s ethos of sparking curiosity,” the statement said.
Commenting on the partnership with JFF, Lee Hobbs, Vice President of Discovery Networks CEEMEA, said: “Through this new partnership with the Jozi Film Festival, we hope to discover films that showcase what curiosity means to individuals today, all shot within a contemporary African context, and celebrating the continent’s remarkable filmmaking talent.”
The top 10 films selected by a JFF and Discovery jury will be broadcast on Discovery Channel in July and August, and later at the sixth annual Jozi Film Festival in September.
The winning film will be selected by popular vote via the voting tool on Discovery’s website: www.discoverychannelafrica.com and the winner will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the Jozi Film Festival Awards to be held on 24 September 2017.
Entrants must be 18 years or older and must reside on the African continent.
Submissions open at 12:00 on 6 February 2017 and close at 18:00 on 31 May 2017. For more information on how to submit to JFF2017, please visit www.jozifilmfestival.co.za