Organisers of the second annual Jozi Film Festival, set for 15 to 17 February 2013, are inviting Johannesburg and Gauteng filmmakers to submit movies that tell stories about the city and its inhabitants. The deadline for submissions is 16 November 2012.

Jozi Film Festival

The first festival on the yearly South African film festival calendar, the Jozi Film Festival does not model itself on glitzy international film fests such as Cannes. Rather, it aims to make its movies accessible to a wide audience and attract those who don't normally attend film festivals.

The organisers hope to grow the satellite festival in 2013 to reach more Gautengers across the province. Admission is a low R20, and some screenings will be free.

The Jozi Film Festival will also provide networking opportunities for filmmaking newcomers and industry professionals. It will also offer Q&A sessions with the filmmakers in attendance, as well as workshops and seminars. The festival will wrap with an award ceremony on 17 February 2013.

Next year’s edition has a new competition category: Jozi’s Best Mobile Phone Film. To qualify, films must be one to three minutes long and made in Johannesburg. JFF sponsor Audio Network are offering free music to applicants in this category, as well as a R1 000 prize for best use of music. Audio Network will also judge the best usage of music in a film or documentary, which awards a R4 000 cash prize. Only films using 50% or more of Audio Network's library – offered to filmmakers for free – will qualify for this prize.

The Jozi Film Festival competition categories are:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Feature Documentary Film
  • Best Animated Film, Best Fiction Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Student Film
  • Audience Choice Award
  • Best Mobile Phone Film

For more information and to download the submission forms, visit www.jozifilmfestival.co.za.