Venues have been named for the Jozi Film Festival, and they include an open air screening in Soweto. Akin Omotoso is the guest speaker on the opening night.

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Venues have been named for the Jozi Film Festival, and they include an open air screening in Soweto. Akin Omotoso is the guest speaker on the opening night.

This year, the Jozi Film Festival will take place at three venues: The Bioscope in Maboneng Precinct in the CBD, Villa Arcadia in Parktown, and an open air screening in Kliptown, Soweto. The festival, which runs from 15 to 17 February, opens at The Bioscope on the evening of Friday, 15 February with Akin Omotoso as the guest speaker.

Omotoso's film, Man On Ground, opened last year's festival. It went on to win awards the world over. The opening night film for this year will be announced soon. A selection of feature films, student films, short fiction and documentaries will be screened at The Bioscope, Villa Arcadia and in Kliptown over the two days, culminating with a ceremony at Villa Arcadia on the evening of 17 February.

The top three films in the Vodacom Mobile Phone Film competition will be screened at the closing event and the winners announced. Once again, comedian John Vlismas will host the Jozi Film Festival awards ceremony.

During the inaugural Jozi Film Festival in 2012, film-makers from all walks of life gathered to show their work and network. In the spirit of independent film and community projects, the latest works made by Gauteng film-makers were shown.

The festival's mission is to create a platform for the growing Joburg film community to screen its films and documentaries, while simultaneously making the films accessible to all by keeping admission tickets reasonably priced.

According to co-organiser Brendon Burmester, the idea for the festival came about in June 2011. It is a grassroots festival, he explains, and aims to bring people together since ticket prices will ensure that almost anyone can afford to attend. The other organisers are Lisa Henry and Shareen Anderson.

"One of the other aims of the festival is to tell the stories that come from our great city in all their forms," says Burmester. Of the expected audience, he says it will be "a unique combination of film industry professionals, a growing arts community, local and regional attendees, and a large student population".

Films screened will participate in a competition; categories include Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Animated Film, Best Fiction Short, Best Non-Fiction Short, Best Mobile Phone Film, Best Student Film, and Audience Choice Award.

The line-up for this year's festival will be available on the Jozi Film Festival's website www.jozifilmfestival.co.za.