Jozi Film Festival Discovery Channel Don't Stop Wondering Award

Submissions for the 2017 Jozi Film Festival opened on Monday, 6 February along with the launch of the Discovery Channel Don't Stop Wondering Award, an Africa-wide search for new filmmaking talent.

The organisers of the 6th Jozi Film Festival (JFF) have invited local and international filmmakers to submit their feature films, short fiction films, long and short documentaries as well as student films for inclusion in the festival, which takes place in Johannesburg from 21 to 24 September.

At the same time, they have announced a brand new category in partnership with Discovery Networks.

"The Discovery Channel Don't Stop Wondering Award will call for 2- to 5-minute documentaries from filmmakers across Africa which showcase and celebrate unique African stories and capture Discovery's ethos of sparking curiosity," the organisers said in a statement last week.

"This is an Africa-wide search for filmmaking talent that carries a cash prize from Discovery Channel of US$5 000 for the final winner to go towards their next filming project."

Lee Hobbs, vice-president of brand and content for Discovery Networks' Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region, described the Don't Stop Wondering Award as "a challenge to always remain curious and celebrate the value of treading your own path.

"Through this new partnership with the JFF, we hope to discover films that showcase what curiosity means to individuals today, all shot within a contemporary African context, and celebrate the continent's remarkable filmmaking talent."

The best 10 films, as selected by a JFF and Discovery jury, will be broadcast on Discovery Channel in July and August, and screened at the Jozi Film Festival in September.

The winning film will be selected by public vote via the voting tool on, and the winner will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the JFF on Sunday, 24 September.

Submissions for the Discovery Channel Don't Stop Wondering Award opened at 12:00 on Monday, 6 February and close at 18:00 on Wednesday, 31 May. Entrants must be 18 years or older and must reside on the African continent. Entries are free, and multiple entries are welcome.

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Source: staff reporter

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