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Rebranded Joburg Film Festival (2023) to shine the spotlight on budding township film creatives

Shining the spotlight on budding film creatives from the townships and ensuring they're fully equipped to lead is high on the agenda for the rebranded Joburg Film Festival as it brings MultiChoice on board for the 2023 edition.

Following the recent announcement of the return of the Joburg Film Festival in 2023, the festival has partnered with MultiChoice with the vision to unearth and shine the spotlight on upcoming film and television creatives from the townships and other disadvantaged communities.

The festival鈥檚 upcoming 2023 programme was launched amid much fanfare at an exclusive industry event in Fourways, Johannesburg – along with the details of the festival鈥檚 extensive youth and audience development programme.

Set to run from Thursday, 31st January 2023 to Sunday, 5th February, the Joburg Film festival will not only screen over 60 feature premieres, but will also include a dynamic range of audience and industry initiatives including the Industry Programme, the Youth and Audience Development Programme, the Film Society Joburg and JBX Content Market initiative.

With its on-going vision to prioritises the growth and development of young South African and African filmmakers, the Youth and Audience Programme will conduct and host a series of skills development and empowerment workshops for budding film creatives.

Now in its 4th year, the outreach programme focuses mainly on young people in disadvantaged and underdeveloped communities.

The two-day workshops will provide insights into the filmmaking process and its different disciplines, in addition to the opportunity to network with industry leaders during each workshop.

Not only that, a series of workshops and screening events will take place between October 2022 and January 2023 across Gauteng鈥檚 five regions as listed below:

路   Sedibeng: 08 – 09 October 2022

路   Westrand: 22 – 23 October 2022

路   Ekurhuleni: 05 – 06 November 2022

路   Tshwane: 26 -27 November 2022

路   Johannesburg: 14 – 15 January 2023

In addition to the programme, attending young filmmakers can participate in the exciting new Young Voices Short Film Competition. Registered attendees will be invited to create short films around the theme 鈥淲hat Inspires You About The Township” and submit their entries for consideration.

Three overall winners will be selected from across the five regions by an esteemed panel of expert judges. The top three selected filmmakers will receive a scholarship and various other prizes.

In attendance were The Lion King star John Kani and renowned SA actress Nomzamo Mbatha, who were also among the panel of speakers.

Joburg Film Festival: world-renowned film curators roped in

The Joburg Film Festival once again boasts a well-known and globally respected team that includes award-winning film producer Bongi Selane, who will return as the 2023 film festival director. 

The festival curation team is made up of Zimbabwean born international film creative, Keith Shiri, who has served as a programme advisor to both the London and Venice film festivals. He was a member of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund from 2004-2007. Joining him as the film festival programmer is the equally established and well-known industry expert, Jack Chiang.

Youth and Audience Development programme


路   Acting Workshop

路   Story and Conceptualisation Workshop

路   Pitching and Proposals Workshop

路   Production Accounting Workshop


路   Acting Workshop II

路   Director鈥檚 Master Class

路   Content Creators Master Class (covering cinematography, art directing, music scoring, animation and producing)

Registration can be done online via

Limited tickets will be available for sale from November 2022. 

MultiChoice’s partnership with Joburg Film Festival: what it means?

The festival鈥檚 partnership with MultiChoice comes in the wake of a launch of a compelling docuseries on Showmax called Origins, which revisits the career journeys of five young film creatives – among them filmmaker Sanaa Mothabisa filmmaker Sanaa Mothabisa, historian and performer Manthe Ribane, musician Mandisi Dyantyis, and visual artist Tony Gum – who have made a difference in their communities using the art of storytelling.

Speaking exclusively to NOWinSA at the launch, MultiChoice Corporate Affairs’ group executive Collen Dlamini said the partnership is another way the Pan-African entertainment company wants to show how invested they’re in telling authentic African stories.

Joburg Film Festival founder Timothy Mangwedi is seen here with MultiChoice Corporate Affairs’ group executive Collen Dlamini.
Historian Manthe Ribane and filmmaker Sanaa Mothabisa.

 “We believe that everyone has an exciting story to tell, whether it’s an established creative or the lesser known individual looking to showcase their skills and be heard. As MultiChoice, we are passionate about showcasing and spotlighting these authentic stories about our beautiful country and the continent at the large, and equally so about the people who create them.”

鈥淭his is a reminder that the world is waiting to listen to your story. We hope we inspire more storytellers to take centre stage and be unapologetic about their craft,鈥 added Dlamini.

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country鈥檚 biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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