The Jozi Film Festival 2019

3 - 6 October 2019

The Jozi Film Festival (JFF) is Johannesburg’s longest running multi-genre film festival, now in its 8th year.

The festival began in 2012 and was initially created to provide a platform for local filmmakers and reach audiences under serviced by traditional cinemas. The festival began accepting entries from around the world in 2014 and is now firmly established as one of the sub-continent's leading film festivals. The Jozi Film Festival is proudly independent, and a supporter of independent films. We support and showcase both upcoming talent and veteran filmmakers.

Our festival takes place each year over a four-day period at various venues around Jo’burg - our cornerstone for the last 8 years has been The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng. We always open with a local film and the festival culminates in an Awards event where the best films in each category are recognized.

We rely on a voluntary jury of filmmakers/film industry people from SA and around the world to judge our entries. Our categories: Best Feature Film, Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Fiction, Best Student Film (SA only), and the Audience Choice Award. Awards are given out to both local and international films in these categories. This year we have added two new categories: Best South African Director and Best South African Music Video.

This will also be out third year partnering with Discovery Networks to bring a competitive category that offers a cash prize – this year’s call is for Real Stories by Real People About Real Lives. We’re looking for 3-5 minute films that will be broadcast on Real Time (DSTV 155).

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Vote for your best film here in the Discovery Real Time "Real Stories told by Real People" competition.


  • FISH ON FIRE - NIGERIA
    Director - PETER OKOJIE

    A short documentary that focuses on a woman from Liberia who derives joy in smoking fish. The war stopped her education but couldn’t stop her from earning a living to support and uplift her family.

  • BETTER MEN – SOUTH AFRICA
    DIRECTOR – Odette Schwegler

    In a country where 67% of children are raised in single parent households and 80% of the prisoner population were raised in the absence of a positive male role-model, a group of brave men step in to help raise Better Men.

  • REDEFINING THE ROAD – ZIMBABWE
    DIRECTOR - Tapiwa Gambura

    In this travel documentary, Tapiwa Gambura explores the life of bus conductor Miriam Kadaira in an attempt to complicate the idea of what it means to travel. As a woman, the social perceptions around Miriam's choice of work are staggering, yet she continues, choosing to travel every day because she loves it. The theme is one of finding joy and adventure wherever you are.

  • BEYOND GENDER - NIGERIA
    DIRECTOR - SAMUEL ERHAHON

    Busayo Tiamiyu is a 40-year-old single parent, who had to leave an abusive marriage. Defying male stereotypes, Busayo makes a living driving a rickshaw (tuk-tuk) around Lagos, a job which hitherto was regarded as a "man’s job”. Her story is deeply inspiring and showcases the strength and resilience of the African woman.

  • THE SOUND IN THE SYSTEM – SOUTH AFRICA
    DIRECTOR - Tamarin Gerriety

    A short documentary about the creation of a particular reggae sound by a South African selector: his passion for what he does, and his love of sharing his music.

  • DAVID: THE CYCLIST – SOUTH AFRICA
    DIRECTOR - Reabetswe Moeti

    David cycles 86km to work each day. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Orange Farm and has loved cycling since he was a young boy on his first BMX. His daughters now cycle too. He works as a security guard in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.

Vote for your best film here in the Discovery Real Time "Real Stories told by Real People" competition.