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    Best South African Short Fiction Film
    Narrative Film (Short)
    Welcome To Hawaii
  • Top Slide2015  0003 ThinaSobabili
    Audience Choice Award
    Narrative Film (Feature)
    Thina Sobabili (The Two Of Us)
  • Top Slide2015  0006 TheCessation
    Best South African Documentary Short Film
    Documentary (Short)
    The Cessation
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    Best Student Film
    Narrative Film (Short)
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    Best International Short Fiction Film
    Narrative Film (Short)
    Int. Café - Night
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    Best Feature Film
    Narrative Film (Feature)
    Love The One You Love
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    Best South African Short Fiction Film
    Documentary (Feature)
    Garnet's Gold

15-18 September 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa

Submissions now CLOSED for 2016


The Jozi Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the latest films made by South African and international filmmakers in one of Africa's most vibrant cities - Johannesburg. We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to enriching local culture, supporting the city’s vibrant film community, and reaching new audiences through the powerful language of film.

The Fifth Annual Jozi Film Festival, taking place 15-18 September 2016, will highlight the very best in filmmaking, presenting a multi-genre slate of films from emerging and established filmmakers, exploring a broad range of topics that affect our communities and stir our hearts and minds. An exciting line up of South African and international films will be screened over a three-day period at several venues throughout the city, including The Bioscope Independent Cinema in the heart of Johannesburg.

The festival will also offer provocative Q&A sessions with the filmmakers in attendance, as well as workshops and networking events. Wrapping up the festival will be our exciting Awards Ceremony.

Competition categories include: Best Feature Film, Best International Feature Film, Best Feature Documentary Film, Best International Documentary Feature Film, Best Short Fiction, Best International Short Fiction, Best Documentary Short, Best International Documentary Short, Best Student Film, and Audience Choice Award.


The winners of JFF2015 were announced on 22 February at the Awards ceremony

Best Student Film
Windstil – Greg Bakker

Best South African Documentary Short Film
The Cessation – Lotte Manicom

Best South African Documentary Feature Film
Fatherland – Tarryn Crossman

Best International Short Fiction Film
INT. CAFÉ – NIGHT - Adhiraj Bose

Best South African Short Fiction Film
Welcome to Hawaii – Rohan Dickson

Best Documentary Feature Film
Garnet’s Gold – Ed Perkins

Best Feature Film
Love The One You Love – Jenna Cato Bass

Audience Choice Award
Thina Sobabili - Ernest Nkosi


Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you to all the filmmakers who's films were in competition and all of you who submitted your films to us. A final thanks to the people who came out and supported us.



“I would just like to say a huge thank you on behalf of the Thina Sobabili crew and cast, you guys hosted an amazing festival and we are very humbled that you chose to include us in this year’s program. Thank you once again.”
Ernest Nkosi, Director, Thina Sobabili

“Thank you again for the most wonderful few days. We are so proud to have been a part of the festival, and I cannot thank you and the judging panel enough for the award. It really means the world to me. Being able to share this film with audiences around the world is such an enormous privilege. I also hugely enjoyed taking part in the workshop with Taku. All the film students I met were so enthusiastic and inspirational. I also think that the way you ran the award ceremony was completely brilliant. That comedian was inspired!”
Edward Perkins, Director, Garnet’s Gold

“Thank you again, it was an incredible experience”.
Karen Taylor-Vermaak, Producer, Welcome to Hawaii

“Thank you so much for getting me to see Children of the Light with some friends. It really was wonderful!! It is amazing how many things one had forgotten about & how much my Dad did. It was great you were able to have school kids from Lebone (Light) School! The challenge is to get this in all the schools as it is an important part of our South African history!! Thank you Dawn for making this film! Thank you Lisa for showing it at the Jozi Film Festival!”
Thandi Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s daughter

“It was so great being there. I truly enjoyed the bit of festival I experienced and I salute your work in the art of film. Go Jozi!”
Louw Venter, Actor, Love The One You Love

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