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This October will witness the birth of a new and exciting film festival in Joburg that promises to treat local audiences to a weeklong showcase of over 60 exceptional local and international films when the Inaugural Joburg Film Festival kick offs from Friday October 28 until Saturday November 05.

With screenings at at multiple cinemas and venues across the Joburg metropolis, the festival will play host to local and international stars, directors, producers and industry professionals who will all converge on Africa’s brightest city and leading economy to present the best of their cinematic craft to local audiences. The festival will also especially focus on the vibrant, young, next generation of cinema fans as well as filmmakers.

The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL is proud to announce the launch of the Youth and Audience Development Programme, a month long series of community screenings and film industry career awareness workshops starting from October 1st. A host of training events, screenings and workshops have been especially created for participants who want to enter the film and television industry but may not have any prior experience.

As part of this roll out, The Joburg Film Festival, in partnership with entrepreneur and actor, Thapelo Mokoena’s Kasi Movie Nights, will host a series of special screenings of local feature films including Tell Me Sweet Something, Love and Kwaito, and a selection from the Push and Shove Short Film Series. These audience development screenings will take place at multipurpose community centers in townships in and around Johannesburg:

Diepsloot Youth Centre: 1st Oct 2016
Riverlea Recreational Centre: 8th Oct
Yeoville Youth Centre: 15th Oct 2016
Tshepisong Multipurpose Centre: 22 Oct 2016
Power Park Hall: 29th Oct 2016
Finetown Hall: 5 Nov 2016

The Youth and Audience Development Film Industry Career Awareness Workshops, in partnership with National Broadcast Institute (NABI), are specifically for participants who want to enter the film and television industry. Participants will learn the fundamental tools of digital filmmaking, conceptualizing, researching, writing, producing, directing, cinematography, and editing. They will also direct their own five-minute individual observational films in crews of three or four persons.

Tumi Langa, JFF Youth Development Programme Manager explains further, “Whilst the Joburg Film Festival will only be a week-long event, the Youth and Audience Development Programme is a continuous year long programme geared towards developing and nurturing of young talent, particularly from less well-resourced areas across Johannesburg’s seven (7) regions. We are grateful for the vision of al all our partners, especially the City of Joburg for giving youngsters wings to fly.”

The trainees will get a chance to meet and interact with industry leaders who will participate in the workshops as well as meet some of the stars and talent from the films to be screened, as part of the Festival programme. The integrated series of learning sessions will take place at National Broadcast Institute, 66 Carr, The Mills, 3rd Floor, in Newtown every Saturday from 1st October – 5 Nov 2016. The career awareness workshops are targeted at young participants under the age of 35, with Grade 12 or Matric, with a focus on unemployed youth with little or no filmmaking experience.

Some of the participants will stand a chance to qualify for entry into the MICTSETA Accredited Qualification-National Certificate in Film and Television (NQF 5) offered by NABI.

Gauteng high schools are encouraged to participate by selecting and submitting a list of prospective learners who show dedication, willingness to learn and a need to create careers within digital media, television and broadcasting.

Young people and out-of-schoolers interested in participating in the workshops can contact:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Priscilla Nyoni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 011 492 1256

For more information, visit the JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL webpage: www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za

Keep up to date with festival news, highlights and maybe even an opportunity to score a ticket to either the opening film or various black carpet VIP Premier events.

Follow the Festival on twitter @JoburgFilmFest and Joburg Film Fest on Facebook and Instagram. #JOBURGFILMFEST

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