19 – 22 FEB
Now the first festival on the yearly South African film festival calendar, the Jozi Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the latest films made by South African and international filmmakers in one of Africa’s most vibrant cities – Johannesburg. The festival is a non-profit organisation dedicated to enriching local culture, supporting the city’s vibrant film community, and reaching new audiences through the powerful language of film.
The Fourth Annual Jozi Film Festival, taking place 19-22 February 2015, will highlight the very best in filmmaking, presenting a multi-genre slate of films from emerging and established filmmakers, exploring a broad range of topics that affect our communities and stir our hearts and minds. An exciting line up of South African and international films will be screened over a three-day period.
The festival will also offer provocative Q&A sessions with the filmmakers in attendance, as well as workshops and networking events. Wrapping up the festival will be our exciting Awards Ceremony on February 22, 2015.
Competition categories include: Best Feature Film, Best International Feature Film, Best Feature Documentary Film, Best International Documentary Feature Film, Best Short Fiction, Best International Short Fiction, Best Documentary Short, Best International Documentary Short, Best Student Film, and Audience Choice Award.
THURS 19 FEB 7:30pm. SOLD OUT. Love The One You Love
(South Africa, 2014, 105 mins) Dir: Jenna Bass. Across the city of Cape Town, a sex-line operator, a dog handler and a computer technician begin to suspect that their romantic relationships are the subject of a bizarre conspiracy, involving their family, friends, and possibly even greater forces. ‘Love the One You Love’s parallel stories question the ideals we hold too sacred: love, happiness, and the New South Africa; the pursuit of which makes truth impossible.
FRI 20 FEB 12pm BUY TICKETS. Children of The Light
(USA, 2014, 91 mins) Dir: Dawn Engle. The first film to tell the life story of Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu, one of the fathers of modern day South Africa. With extensive archival footage, family photos and never before seen interviews, ‘Children of the Light’ is a personal look into the legacy of one of the greatest peacemakers of our time.
FRI 20 FEB 2:15pm BUY TICKETS. International Short Fiction Films Part 1
1. One Armed Man (USA, 2014, 27 mins) Dir: Tim Guinee. The life of CW Rowe, the wealthiest man in Harrison, Texas, is interrupted when an armless Ned visits weekly in the hope that CW can give him his arm back.
2.Electric Indigo (France, 2013, 24 mins)Dir:Jean-Julien Collette.A little girl has to face peer pressure and coming to terms with her identity without a mother and two heterosexual fathers united by a non -carnal marriage
3.Cairo Year Zero(Egypt/Greece, 2014, 22 mins) Dir:Nico Volanakis.In the culminating months before the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, four young friends spend a casual evening roaming their native Cairo before an unexpected altercation fatefully transforms one of them into an unlikely revolutionary symbol.
4.Chip(USA, 2014, 20 mins) Dir:Nancy Kiang.A low-life father visits his genteel son to beg for money. Based on a story by Anton Chekhov, and filmed in South Africa.
FRI 20 FEB 4:30pm. BUY TICKETS. International Short Fiction Films Part 2
1. Afterthoughts(Cyprus,8 mins) Dir: Ivan Charalambous. An unhappily married screenwriter struggles to write a romantic screenplay
2. Counter (Canada,18 mins) Dir: Amartei Armar. A worldly activist, Bayard Rustin, walks into a ‘whites only’ small town diner and challenges a waitress to serve him at a price she can’t refuse
3. The Years(USA,20 mins) Dir: Keun-Pyo Park. A man loses his family in a tragic accident.Guilt leads him to re-imagine his daughter
4. Arc( Canada,18 mins) Dir: Amartei Armar. A multi-narrative short that explores the diverse cultural perspectives of three people.
5. Room 731(USA,18 mins)Dir: Youngmin Kim.An amnesiac girl wakes up in an abandoned jail,haunted by spirits who want to torture her
6. Entracte (France,4 mins) Dir: Marielle Gautier.During the intermission of a theatrical show, two actresses are getting ready in the dressing room 7.Int. Cafe- Night (India,13mins) Dir:Adhiraj Bose.A film exploring two stories set inside a cafe in Kolkata, India.
FRI 20 FEB 6:45pm BUY TICKETS. International Documentary Shorts.
1. Bashir’s Vision (Canada, 2014, 15 mins) Dir: Daniel Roher. Bashir Ramathan, a blind boxer, throws real head snappers in a dusty boxing gym.
2. One Child (USA, 2014,40 mins) Dir: Zijian Mu.
3. Godka Cirka (Spain/USA, 2014,10 mins) Dir: Antonio Tibaldi and Àlex Lora. Alifa looks up at the somali sky; she knows that her day is about to change.
4. Walking kids of Choca (South Africa, 2014,14 mins) Dir: Richard Gregory. Insight into the lives of indigenous children that must walk to school for four hours daily to get educated in a different culture.
5.The fox of bloody woman island (Norway, 2014,11 mins) Dir: Jamie Gallant,Vern Cummins.How does one find happiness throughout a winter where the sun barely makes an appearance?
FRI 20 FEB. 9:30pm BUY TICKETS. Korla
(USA, 2014, 80 mins) Dir: John Turner. Korla is a documentary about a television pioneer, a spiritual seeker, and the godfather of exotica music, organist Korla Pandit. This is also a story that mixes Hollywood in the 1950′s with racial reinvention, as it looks at the career of Korla Pandit, who successfully passed as an Indian from New Delhi, when in fact he was the son of an African American minister from Columbia, Missouri. The film covers the arc of Korla’s career, from having his own music show on television in the 1950′s to years later where he developed a cult following playing tiki bars and lounges. The secret of his true identity, he carried to his grave, and was revealed only after his death in 1998.
SAT 21 FEB. 12pm BUY TICKETS Garnet’s Gold
Twenty years ago Garnet Frost escaped London and headed into the desolate Scottish wilderness. Setting off without a map, disaster struck. Garnet found himself trapped between a mountain and the mysterious Loch Arkaig. Lost, cold and alone, he resigned himself to die. But Garnet didn’t die. By sheer chance, he was saved by a lone fisherman. For the past two decades, Garnet has been haunted by a memento from his doomed trip. He believes an unusual wooden staff he found while waiting to die is actually a marker for one of history’s most famous lost treasures – a spectacular fortune once owned by Bonnie Prince Charlie and lost since 1746. Now, two decades after the trip which almost killed him, Garnet is ready to return to the mysterious loch in his quest to find the gold.
SAT 21 FEB. 3:15pm BUY TICKETS SA Short Fiction Films Part 1
1. Preparation (South Africa, 2014,28 mins) Dir:Tyron Janse van Vuuren. Kingsley Bell isolates himself in a hotel room for six weeks to prepare for his role as a comic book villain
2. Bougainvillea (South Africa, 2014, 24 mins) Dir:Genevieve Akal. Lola is a consumed blogger. She prepares for a reading at a dinner party. Everything is perfect until a Bougainvillea begins to intrude
3.Welcome to Hawaii (South Africa, 2014, 17 mins) Dir:Rohan Dickson. Hank’s seemingly perfect life in suburbia is disrupted when, on the day of his 40th birthday party, unwanted guests present him with problems he never imagined.
4. Flies (South Africa, 2014, 10 mins) Dir:Michael MacGarry. When a municipal architect accidentally witnesses a political assassination, he is forced into a violent confrontation with modernity.
5.Tula Tula (South Africa, 2014, 10 mins) Dir:Shane Vermooten. A German doctor travels to Africa hoping to save patients dying from Malaria.
SAT 21 FEB. 5:45pm BUY TICKETS SA Short Fiction Films Part 2
1.The Bear Suit (South Africa, 2014, 9 mins) Dir: Adam Donnelly. A young, naive driver picks up a stranded, bear suit wearing hitchhiker.
2.Windstil (South Africa, 2013, 14 mins) Dir: Greg Bakker. A family man finds himself infected by the insecurities of his wife leading to devastating consequences.
3. Klankglens (South Africa, 2014, 9 mins) Dir:Eric Uys. A woman’s journey as she unravels the sounds in her life to find her own melody.
4. Stiff (South Africa, 2014, 13 mins) Dir: Samantha Nell. Tholang is great with death, but not particularly good with life. Things go awry when his niece arrives to apprentice under him.
5. Picture Perfect Heist (South Africa, 2014, 8 mins) Dir: Alan Shelley. Two small crooks pull their biggest heist yet.
SAT 21 FEB. 19:45pm BUY TICKETS When The Ocean Met The Sky
(Canada, 2014, 91 mins) Dir: Lukas Huffman. Three estranged brothers must journey to a remote location in order to receive their inheritance due to a stipulation in their parents will.
SUN 22 FEB. 1:30pm BUY TICKETS SA Documentary Short Films
1. The Last Boers of Patagonia. (South Africa, 2014, 14 mins) Dir: Richard Gregory. In a remote region of Patagonia, there is a small town where a handful of people speak Afrikaans.
2.The Cessation (South Africa, 2014, 16 mins) Dir:Lotte Manicom. This short documentary follows three members of the vibrant Angolan diaspora in Cape Town as it maps the impact of this Cessation on their lives.
3. Owning Mandela (South Africa, 2014, 14 mins) Dir:Hermann Venter. Owning Mandela is a short documentary film that explores the events surrounding the small rabbit that was placed in the ear of the Nelson Mandela sculpture, erected at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa in December 2013 by the artists Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren.
4. Soweto Rising (South Africa, 2014, 24 mins) Dir:Noxolo Mafu. Soweto Rising is a cutting edge urban street culture film which tracks the influence of Soweto as a former “township” space on the pulse of contemporary street culture in Johannesburg.
SUN 22 FEB. 3:30pm BUY TICKETS Jalanan
(Indonesia, 2013, 107 mins) Dir: Daniel Ziv. The film follows the young marginalized buskers and their never before seen sub-culture in Jakarta, while also painting a striking, moody and intimate portrait of Indonesia’s frenzied capital city.
SUN 22 FEB. 5:45pm BUY TICKETS The Two Of Us
(South Africa, 2014, 94 mins) Dir:Ernest Nkosi. Set in South Africa’s biggest township, Thulas will do anything to protect his sister Zanele after witnessing her abuse as a child. As a result of this the two have a very strained relationship. Zanele falls for the charms of an older man, Thulas is determined to put an end to this relationship.