The festival will include 40 curated releases over 16 countries at various venues around the metropolis as well as local and international movie stars, directors, producers and other entertainment industry leaders.
The Joburg Film Festival has also partnered with the DISCOP Film and Television Market, running concurrently to the festival, in an aim to offer an opportunity for over 2 000+ global, local and continental creatives and business to network.
Screenings will take place at The Zone, Rosebank Cinema Nouveau, and Maponya Mall and more. In addition, there will be screenings at various community venues, including Kings in Alexandra.
The full schedule will include local and international feature films, documentaries, animation features, various outreach screenings, exclusive premiere events and private parties.
"As part of the department's commitment to deliver on its strategic objective to support market access platforms towards the growth of the local film industry, DISCOP Africa and the Joburg Film Festival are key in not only creating an environment for commercial growth but celebrating the South African film content and that of the entire African diaspora as a whole," says senior manager of cultural development Lindiwe Ndebele-Koka.
"With this continued support for local arts and culture, DAC is pleased to be a part of these platforms again this year," Ndebele-Koka adds.
Ndebele-Koka says, "The festival also will offer aspiring young filmmakers the opportunity to come together for this showcase of African excellence and further cultivate their hunger to make great films."
"As one of the continent’s leading film industry gatherings this year, the NFVF is fully behind the Joburg Film Festival. The festival will host a contingent of international actors, directors and other key stakeholders, further adding to the growth of the industry in the city," Ndebele-Koka adds.
"We look forward to hosting yet another successful year celebrating African film," concludes Shadrick Bokaba, acting CEO of the NFVF.
For more information, visit www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za. You can also follow the Joburg Film Festival on Facebook, Twitter or on Instagram.