The Jozi Film Festival goes virtual this year

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  • The Jozi Film Festival will be holding its first virtual festival alongside limited physical screenings.
  • The annual festival will take place from 17 – 20 September.
  • Over 30 films will be available to stream on-demand during the festival weekend.
  • Festival-goers stand a chance to win a private screening with one of the competitions being run.


From 17- 20 September, the Jozi Film Festival will be holding its first-ever virtual festival alongside limited physical screenings at The Bioscope Independent Cinema.

The Bioscope recently moved from Maboneng to 44 Stanley Avenue. One of the primary aims of this year's festival, alongside the usual mandate of showcasing the talent of 2020, is to support The Bioscope during these challenging times.

One lucky person stands a chance to win a private screening at The Bioscope on Sunday, 20 September at 12:00 - take a group of friends, a partner or the whole family. To be in the running to win, follow the Jozi Film Festival on social media.

Over 30 films will be available on-demand during the festival weekend for one special price of $7 USD (approximately R120). Virtual festival-goers will have four days of unlimited viewings of the official selection. To register and pre-order visit https://jozifilmfestival.vhx.tv/

"While we do not prescribe a theme each year, we do select films that speak to the issues we are facing here in South Africa, and as a global community. 2020 has been unprecedented, and this is reflected in this year's selection", says founder Lisa Henry.

Films in the line-up include Samos - The Faces of Our Border, New South Africa (A New Country), Deleted, Ruby & Roach, Reptilian and Blast.

The festival will also be running a competition to tweet (@JoziFilmFest) or Instagram (jozifilmfest) a photo of you enjoying one of their films at home. Upload your pic with #jozifilminvasion and the name of the movie you're watching and stand a chance to win a R500 Uber Eats voucher to have dinner on Jozi Film Festival!

There will also be cash prizes for the best review of any of the films. Send your review (not more than 500 words) to lisa@jozifilmfestival.co.za by 23 September, and the top three reviews will earn their writers R1 000 each.

For the first time, Chubb will be awarding the Best Young Director a cash prize of R10 000.

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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