This past week Johannesburgs big screens were buzzing as the Joburg Film Festival held a six-day celebration of African and international films, from the 19th to the 24th November. This festival showcased 60 films and documentaries from around the world at six venues in the city of gold; Sandton (Auto & General Theatre on the Square), Ster-Kinekor Sandton City, Maboneng’s Bioscope, Kings Theatre in Alexandra, Cinema Nouveau Rosebank and a free outdoor screening area at the Nelson Mandela Square.
The 3rd annual Joburg Film Festival hosted a number of stars, producers and directors who were well welcomed by our Nubian Queen, actor Nomzamo Mbatha who performed a well staged monologue celebrating the success of the Film Industry in South Africa. The Festival also showcased “8” an award winning featured film which plays on African folklore and mythology, directed by Harold Holscher, starring Award-winning actor Tsamano Sebe. .
Not only did the Film Festival educate the viewers about the narratives regarding Africa, it also gave the filmmakers a chance to interact with the audience through the many engagement platforms that were curated such as the masterclasses and the panel talks. Carve got more insight about the technicalities of making a film and developing strong narratives, through the Q&A sessions and highlighted topics such as “The Access to Hollywood” and also after select screenings across the program, The Film Festival also gave fans an opportunity to meet various stars, whom they looked up to.
The film festival provided a platform for films produced by graduates of M-Net Magic in Motion (MiM) internship program and the MultiChoice Talent Factory’s Academies (MTF) in East, West and Southern Africa with the aim of empowering them with substantial knowledge and experience of this industry. The winner of the Joburg Film Festival’s Youth & Audience Development Program were recognized and awarded.
Speaking of acknowledgement and honoring South African films, Flatland took home the ‘Best African Film’ award, and Our Lady of the Nile (France) received a Special Recognition Award from the festival’s prestige Juror panel. Richard Green, the South African Film veteran was honored with the influential award, Creative duo Jahmil X.T. Qubheka and Layla Swart were honored with the inaugural ‘Emerging Storyteller Award’ for their status as exciting new voices in African storytelling and investigative journalist Karyn Maughan claimed the ‘Fearless Storyteller Award’.
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