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Joburg Festival unveils youth programme

The Joburg Film Festival (JFF) has set up a two-day outreach scheme tagged the Youth & Audience Development Programme, which will begin next month.

A new visual identity and key team members have also been revealed ahead of the fifth iteration of the festival, which will take place from January 31 to February 5.

The team members include award-winning film producer Bongi Selane, who will return as  festival director, plus festival curator from Keith Shiri and programmer Jack Chiang.

The Youth & Audience Development programme will assist young people in disadvantaged and underdeveloped communities who are interested in the film industry through a series of skill-development and empowerment workshops and masterclasses.

The workshops will take place across the five regions of the province of Gauteng: Sedibeng (October 8-9), West Rand (October 22-23), Ekurhuleni (November 5-6), Tshwane (November 26-27) and in Johannesburg (January tbc).

Topics that will be discussed include directing, performance, story & conceptualisation, production, editing and animation. There will also be training, mentoring and internship opportunities centred on film and content production creativity and the business of monetising ideas and content.

Young filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 35 who wish to participate can take part in a short film competition themed ‘What Inspires You About Your Township?’ Three winners will be selected from across the five regions and will receive a range of prizes, while one selected filmmaker will receive a scholarship to study a film-related course and other valuable prizes. Click here to register.

The JFF is presented by MultiChoice. According to its organisers, the event is strategically positioned to become Africa’s premier film festival through the curation and showcasing of African and international films while providing young people and filmmakers with various opportunities for development, training, skills transfer and networking.

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Joburg Film Festival to return in 2023

South Africa’s Joburg Film Festival (JFF) is set to return next year in collaboration with pay TV group MultiChoice following a two-year hiatus.

The festival, in its fifth year, will be held from January 31 to February 5, 2023. It will unveil new films from countries around the globe and screen over 60 films, including a range of African premieres.

It will also feature industry initiatives, including The Youth & Audience Development Programme, which will provide young African filmmakers with opportunities through training, skills transfer and networking with industry leaders, as well as launch The Film Society.

In addition, the JBX content market will connect emerging creators and established entertainment brands with investors, distribution channels and sponsors.

JFF executive director Tim Mangwedi said: “After two years of extremely challenging times for the film industry, the Joburg Film Festival is excited to be back with an in-person event with an expanded programme.

“The 2023 edition of the festival will once again attract thousands of visitors to Gauteng, with a focal point of activities at Nelson Mandela Square that will include screenings and industry events.

“The Joburg Film Festival and JBX market will once again position Joburg as the film capital of South Africa, with the festival celebrating African stories and the talent of our home-grown filmmakers as we showcase their films alongside those of filmmakers from around the world.”

Collen Dlamini, group executive for corporate affairs at MultiChoice, added: “MultiChoice is a truly African brand and, as such, telling stories is part of who we are as an organisation. We are therefore extremely excited to bring back the Joburg Film Festival, and this partnership will serve as a platform where storytellers from all over the world will come together and give a renewed light for African storytelling.”

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MultiChoice partners Joburg Film Festival

MultiChoice Group has partnered with the third edition of the annual Joburg Film Festival, which is set to take place from November 19 to 24.

Joe Heshu

Aimed at showcasing the finest films from Africa and the world, the six-day film programme will have a line-up of local and international films that will be judged on elements such as storyline, direction, creativity, cinematography, relevance, execution and technical application.

The judges will be industry-leading experts such as renowned storyteller and South African novelist Zakes Mda, award-winning actress CCH Pounder and Femi Odugbemi, West Africa MultiChoice Talent Factory’s academy director.

Joburg Film Festival executive director Tim Mangwedi said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner than the MultiChoice Group, an organisation that is passionate about African storytelling, as we believe our stories are our gold.

“We see the film festival as a critical catalyst for social cohesion, showcasing a special collection of films that celebrate Africa’s beauty, people and creativity and reflecting the continent’s bold spirit and talent. We are confident that, in collaboration with the MultiChoice Group, we can build a world-class annual film festival that becomes entrenched on the international film circuit and positions Johannesburg as a prime destination for local and international filmmakers.”

Joe Heshu, MultiChoice’s executive group corporate affairs, said: “As Africa’s leading storyteller, our partnership with the Joburg Film Festival makes perfect sense. Our collaborative effort to bring African stories to the world and to provide a platform for local talent to shine will be an extremely positive boost for the film industry on the continent.”

The festival will allow industry professionals from the continent and elsewhere to participate in a series of masterclasses and panel discussions covering aspects of the filmmaking craft. It will also foster strong links between people and the growing film, TV and new digital media industries on the continent.

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FupiToons to feature TV toon Adefellas

Adefellas will be part of a one-hour screening at FupiToons

Satirical animated TV show Adefellas, from Nigeria’s Basement Animation Studios, will be screened at FupiToons Festival in November.

Mbuotidem Johnson

FupiToons is Africa’s first festival for African-made kids’ short animated films. It was set up by African Animation Network in partnership with Joburg Film Festival (JFF).

Mbuotidem Johnson, creative director at Basement Animation, told Content Nigeria: “Adefellas has been selected to be part of a one-hour screening at the FupiToons Festival, which will run parallel to Discop Johannesburg 2018 and tour Africa in 2019,”

FupiToons takes place at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank in Johannesburg during JFF between November 9 and 17.

“Adefellas is a humorous expose on friendship, dating, problem solving, education and socio-cultural commentary in an African context. Basement Animation decided to create Adefellas because there is a dearth of quality original African Animated content,” Johnson said.

“We believe, as African creatives, we are strategically positioned to tell our own unique stories of the issues facing us in a manner that not only entertains but also instils positive values in our kids.

“We feel excited at the opportunity to put Nigeria on the map when it comes to quality African Animation content. This will open doors for coproductions and more opportunities for other Nigerian animation studios.”

Adefellas is currently not being aired on any Nigerian television station but Basement is working on more episodes that will be made available on its YouTube channel in late 2019.

“The FupiToons Festival is an exciting time for Basement Animation and the Nigerian animation industry as a whole. It is an opportunity to put Nigeria at the forefront of the African animation revolution,” Johnson said.

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