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Excitement builds around the return of the Joburg Film Festival

The much-awaited return of the Film Festival is finally confirmed with a dynamic new brand launch along with the details of the festival’s extensive Youth and Audience Development programme. With Multichoice as a partner, the Joburg Film Festival officially launched at an intimate film industry launch in Johannesburg.

Set to run from Thursday, 31st January 2023 to Sunday 5th February 2023, the Joburg Film festival will screen over 60 feature premieres as well as include a dynamic range of audience and industry initiatives, such as the Industry Programme, the Youth and Audience Development Programme, the Film Society Joburg and JBX Content Market initiative.

 In its ongoing vision to prioritize the growth and development of young South Africans and African filmmakers, the Youth and Audience Programme will conduct and host a series of skills development and empowerment workshops for budging film creatives.

In its fourth year, the outreach programme predominantly focuses on young people in disadvantaged and underdeveloped communities. The two-day workshops will provide insights into the filmmaking process and its different disciplines, with the opportunity to network with industry leaders during each workshop. The programme culminates in a series of film screenings for the broader community.

The series of workshops and screening events will take place between October 2022 and January 2023 across Gauteng’s five regions as follows:

 · Sedibeng: 08 – 09 October 2022

· Westrand: 22 – 23 October 2022

· Ekurhuleni: 05 – 06 November 2022

· Tshwane: 26 -27 November 2022

· Johannesburg: 14 – 15 January 2023

The Youth and Audience Programme is as follows:


· Acting Workshop

· Story and Conceptualisation Workshop

· Pitching and Proposals Workshop

· Production Accounting Workshop


· Acting Workshop II

· Director’s Master Class

· Content Creators Master Class

o Cinematographer

o Art Director

o Music Scoring

o Animation

o Producers

The attending youth will get the opportunity to enter the new exciting Young Voices Short Film Competition and registered attendees will be invited to create short films around the theme “WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT THE TOWNSHIP?”. The three overall winners will be selected from across the five regions by an esteemed panel of expert judges and will be awarded a scholarship alongside other prizes.

The Festival curation team consists of Zimbabwean-born internationally renowned Festival Curator Keith Shiri. Shiri has been a programme advisor to the London Film Festival and served in that position for the Venice Film Festival. 

He was a member of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund from 2004-2007. Joining him as the Film Festival Programmer is the equally established and known industry expert Jack Chiang. 

The Joburg Film Festival once again boasts a well-known and globally respected team that includes Award-winning film producer Bongi Selane, who will return as the 2023 Film Festival Director. 

Registration can be done online via :

Limited tickets will be available for sale from November 2022. 

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