The Joburg Film Festival wrapped up in a glittering event on Saturday November 5th at the Zone in Sandton with the African premiere of Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation. The evening also saw the awarding of three prizes in the categories of Best South African Film, Best African Film and Best Film.
With over 60 films screened at various venues across Johannesburg during the 9-day festival, audiences had the opportunity to see World Premieres and African premieres of some of not only Africans best new films.
Twelve films competed in competition at the Festival, including documentaries The Giant is Falling, from Director Rehad Desai’s and William Mbaye’s Kemtiyu, Cheik Anta. A host of South African films were in competition including The Whale Caller, the much anticipated film from Zola Maseko and based on the novel by Zakes Mda, and Vaya from director Akin Omotoso.
African filmmakers from across the continent were also featured at the including, The Wedding Ring by director Rahmatou Keita, Wulu directed by Daouda Coulibaly, Licinio de Azevedo’s The Train of Salt and Sugar, Joseph Adesunyole’s White Color Black, and Mbithi Masya ‘s Kati Kati.
International films such as Haiti My Love and India’s Lathe Joshi also competed for the coveted Best Film Award that is accompanied by a cash prize of R150,000.00. Winners in the Best South African and African categories each won R100,000.00 on the evening.
Jury members who deliberated on this difficult decision included some of Africa’s top film industry names such as much loved South African actress and producer, Terry Pheto, Cameroonian filmmaker and photographer, Osvalde Lewat, filmmaker and Regional Secretary of FEPACI- the Federation of Pan African Filmmakers Asha Lovelace, and Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, South African theatre and television writer/director.
Joburg Film Festival 2016 Winners:
- Special Mention of the Jury : THE WEDDING RING by Rahmatou Keita
- Best SA Film : THE GIANT IS FALLING by Rehad Desai
- Best African Film : THE WHALE CALLER by Zola Maseko
- Best Film : THE TRAIN OF SALT AND SUGAR by Licinio Azevedo
Partners and Supporters
The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL was made possible by the support of key sponsors and partners including:
- City of Joburg
- DISCOP Africa