Everything you need to know about the Joburg Film Festival

2016-10-11 11:41

Cape Town – The inaugural Joburg Film Festival takes places from Friday 28 October to Saturday 5 November 2016.

What it's about:

Multiple venues across the city will be screening a selection of top South African, African and international films.

From free community events and public screening venues across the Joburg metropolis to traditional cinema screenings, the festival will offer film fans, aspiring filmmakers and particularly the youth the opportunity to celebrate film and filmmakers.

In addition to a full schedule of international feature films, documentaries and shorts, the festival will include exclusive premiere events, parties and a full programme of workshops and outreach screenings.

South African feature films to premiere

Mandela’s Gun by John Irvin, has been selected as the opening night film.

Other films that will premiere include: Vaya by Akin Omotoso, Chemo club by Thandi Brewer, The Whale Caller by Zola Maseko and Hatchet Hour by Judy Naidoo, Push and Shove by Various and Love and Kwaito by Stephina Zwane.

Other films to see

A selection of Nigerian features and documentaries, 76 by Tonye Princewill and Wedding Party

Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation makes its African Premiere at Joburg Film Festival and has been chosen to be the festival’s closing night film. 

Southside with You, SPA Night and a Kind of the Dancehall round off the list of international films. 

There’s also a great variety of French language films from Francophone Africa and France. 

The festival programme will also feature the best of the best films in the form of Award winning International Films like I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach (Palme d’Or Cannes 16), Hedi by Mohamed Ben Attia (Best Actor – Berlinale 16), Ma Rosa by Brillante Mendoza (Best Actress Cannes 16) and The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi (Best screenplay – Best Actor Cannes 16).

Where to catch the screenings


The Zone in Rosebank
Cinama Nouveau, The Mall of Rosebank
Maponya Mall in Soweto
Newtown Junction in the Joburg CBD
Cine Centre in Killarney Mall
The Bioscope in the Maboneng Precint

Open screening venues

Kings Cinema in Alexandra
Majestic Theatre in Fordsburg
Community Centres in Dobsonvile, Diepsloot, Orange Farm, Riverley, Constitution Hill
Alexandra Theatre in Braamfontein

Where to get tickets

Tickets will be sold at the cinema venues. Open screening will be free to the public.

For more information about the festival and the screening schedule click here

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