JFF and EasyEquities Phone Film Competition

Fancy yourself as a filmmaker? The Jozi Film Festival's new mobile phone film contest gives Joburgers a platform to show off their movie-making talent - and the chance win some cash in the process.

Launched on 22 July with a 30 August cut-off for entries, the competition challenges Jozi residents to share how they feel about their city through the do-it-yourself mobile movie making.

It's being run by the Jozi Film Festival in partnership with online share trading company EasyEquities, and they've made it as easy as possible for anyone to enter: simply record a 30-second to two-minute film on your phone and upload it to www.facebook.com/JoziFilmFestival.

Jozi: how we love and hate it

The theme is "Jozi: Love/Hate", and the prize is R2 500 cash plus R2 500 in an EasyEquities account plus tickets to the Jozi Film Festival awards night.

"Most of us have a schizophrenic relationship with the City of Gold," Jozi Film Festival organiser and co-founder Lisa Henry said in a statement ahead of the competition's launch. "Sometimes we love it, other times we hate it. We love to hate it and we hate to love it.

"We want to hear from Joburgers how you feel about your city," Henry said. "What's the best part about living in Jozi? Where's your favourite hangout? What moves you about living here? What drives you insane about Joburg?"

According to Henry, the competition is open to films about "absolutely anything" - yourself chatting as you explore Melville Koppies; your daily journey from Diepsloot to the CBD; your rowing skills on Zoo Lake; cooking your favourite food with your friends; taking a stand against racism; picking up litter on the Braamfontein Spruit - "whatever lights a fire in your heart right now.

"Show us or tell us about the best and worst of this complex city and you could walk away with a fantastic prize."

Jozi: 'best mix of people for this competition'

EasyEquities brand manager Carly Barnes added that entering the Jozi Film Festival mobile phone film contest was as easy as buying shares on EasyEquities.

"You really don't need much more than a mobile phone with video capabilities," Barnes said. "And just like anyone can invest on the JSE, so too can anyone enter the competition.

"Jozi is an awesome backdrop for this competition as it represents a brilliant mix of people in South Africa, all of whom should be empowered to start investing."

The winner will be chosen by the Jozi Film Festival team, and "likes" and shares on social media will be taken into account. Feel free to share using the hashtag #JFF2016.

Competition terms and conditions

  • The competition runs from 22 July to 30 August.
  • It is open to anyone and everyone.
  • All entries must to be posted to Jozi Film Festival Facebook page.
  • External audio recording devices may be used.
  • Any editing software may be used.
  • Any copyright material must be cleared by the participant before submitting. Any issue(s) that may arise due to the infringement of copyrights is the applicant's sole responsibility. JFF and EasyEquities are not responsible for any infringement of copyright.

About the Jozi Film Festival

The fifth annual Jozi Film Festival takes place from 15 to 18 September 2016 at The Bioscope in Maboneng and Ster Kinekor's Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank.

Panel discussions and masterclasses will be held at the Goethe Institut on Jan Smuts Ave on 17 and 18 September.

The festival supports the Reagile Cinema in Katlehong and Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto.

Source: staff reporter

Contact the Gauteng Film Commission