Jozi Film Festival turns 10 with a bonanza of films to stream and enjoy on-site

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  • With a start-up budget of R5 000, the festival had humble beginnings. But it has grown in stature over the past 10 years. 
  • This year’s hybrid festival will see selected films being screened on-site, as well as from the comfort of one’s home. 
  • The festival will take place from 1 to 10 October 2021. 


The Jozi Film Festival (JFF) – is back for its 10th iteration from 1 to 10 October 2021. Catering to those who love experiencing the magic of the cinema in person as well as those who prefer staying at home, Johannesburg’s longest-running multi-genre film festival has survived the pandemic.

JFF has enjoyed a colourful history. With a start-up budget of R5 000, the festival had humble beginnings, but it has grown in size and stature over the past 10 years. With screenings in various venues (from grand stately homes and township theatres to ramshackle makeshift cinemas), lively workshops, lectures, and Q&A sessions, the festival has remained defiantly independent in spirit and unwavering in its commitment to exhibit cinematic fare from within our borders and beyond – regardless of whether the screenings take place physically or virtually.

This year’s hybrid festival will see selected films and documentaries being screened on-site at The Bioscope Independent Cinema. It will also offer a full menu of films to stream. These will be available for free via a specially created online platform, as well as an on-demand channel that you can access anytime from 1 to 10 October 2021. 

This means anyone in South Africa will be able to tuck into JFF’s selection of thought-provoking and acclaimed feature films, feature-length documentaries, short fiction films, and documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers from South Africa and around the globe – the type of film fare that is definitely not on offer in our mainstream or even our arthouse cinemas at the moment. 

Explains film festival co-founder and organiser Lisa Henry, “As Gauteng now cautiously moves out of the third wave of Covid-19, JFF will also hold safe screenings (at 50% capacity) at The Bioscope.” 

To commemorate its 10th anniversary, JFF will offer 10 Days, 10 Films, a new, free, live and interactive addition to the festival. From 1 to 10 October 2021, at 8 pm each night, the JFF will host a screening of a film or short film, followed by a question-and-answer session. These screenings and Q&As are free to watch online. 

For more information visit www.jozifilmfestival.com, or follow Jozi Film Festival on Facebook and Instagram, for updates and news – and see you at the movies! 

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