Taking place February 19-22 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the fourth annual version of the Jozi Film Festival will bring four days of original feature, short, and documentary films to the vibrant and historic city. As the first major film festival of the year in South Africa, the Fourth Annual Jozi Film Festival showcases four days of South African and international films. While past editions of the festival have occurred over three days, this will be the first year that the festival has expanded to four days due to the sheer number of quality submissions received.
The festival’s opening night will feature the Johannesburg premiere of Jenna Cato Bass’s Love the One You Love which earned the Best South African Feature Film at last year’s Durban International Film Festival and stars actress Chi Mhende. In addition, this year’s Jozi Film Festival will play host to the South African premiere of the Canadian film Mommy, which was directed by Xavier Dolan and has won numerous awards around the world. The last night of the festival will present the feature length British documentary Garnet’s Gold directed by Ed Perkins. To see a full list of the films screening at the Fourth Annual Jozi Film Festival, please click here.
The festival focuses on feature and short films and feature and short documentary films with the submitted films competing in such categories as Best Feature Film, Best Feature Documentary Film, Best Short Fiction, and Best Documentary Short. In addition, attendants have the opportunity to attend masterclasses at the Goethe-Institut with classes taught by directors Zola Maseko, Jenna Cato Bass, Enrest Nkosi, and Mark Middlewic, amongst others.
Tickets for the festival go on sale on February 3 with screenings taking place The Bioscope Independent Cinema and Cinema Nouveau. Tickets can be purchased at either The Bioscope’s website or at Cinema Nouveau’s website. To learn more about the Fourth Annual Jozi Film Festival, please visit the official site here.