The longest running multi-genre film festival in the City of Gold is now in it's 8th year.

The Jozi Film Festival began in 2012 and was initially created to provide a platform for local filmmakers and reach audiences under serviced by traditional cinemas. The Johannesburg-based festival began accepting entries from around the world in 2014 and is now firmly established as one of the sub-continent's leading film festivals. The Jozi Film Festival is proudly independent, and a supporter of independent films.

The 2019 festival takes places from 3-6 October over a 4-day period at various locations in Johannesburg and Soweto.

Trophies are awarded to winning films in each of JFF's categories.

Prize money of $2500, $1000 and $750 for first, second and third place in our Discovery Real Time competition.


All entries must be submitted online via FilmFreeway. Your application will not be considered complete until all entry requirements are met.

Successful entrants will be asked to send us an online link to download the film in high res for screening purposes or to courier us a DVD, Bluray or DCP file.

More than one entry may be submitted.

Films must be produced (completed) no earlier than January 1, 2018.


The accepted exhibition formats for our festival are: PAL and NTSC BLU RAY, and MPEG 2, MPEG 4, and AVI digital files. DCP is an option if your film is selected to screen at a venue with DCP capabilities.

The filmmaker will assume material costs and shipping costs of materials to JFF although a download link is preferred.

Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing materials through customs.

Audio is STEREO only.

Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.

BLURAYs and DCP's will be returned to the successful entrants at JFF's cost.

Each BLU RAY for projection must be labeled with name, filmmaker, contact info, running time and aspect ratio (4*3 or 16*9).

Upon acceptance, filmmakers must agree to send no less than two high resolution digital stills to be used at the JFF's discretion. We also require a short synopsis of your film (up to 300 words). If you have an EPK or digital posters, please send these too.

Not all invited films officially selected will be eligible for competition. The selection committees' and juries' decisions are final.

JFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or festival scheduling.

By entering the Jozi Film Festival, you grant JFF permission to screen your film at the film festival, to use your marketing materials to promote your film at our festival, (and on social media and in traditional media spaces) and use your trailer (if available) for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Shaun Nelson

    A great festival with great locations and films. It was a real pleasure to attend and have my film shown as part of the selection. Thanks to all the organisers!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Shaun. Thank you for traveling to join us and we hope you’ll submit your next film!

  • Daniel Ndevu

    Lisa Henry and Sabi Mthethwa put together a truly awesome and top-class festival with real attention to showcasing emerging talent, coupled with great programming and continued filmmaker engagement.

    Sadly, I was unable to attend the festival. However, I knew exactly what was happening weeks in advance and at every subsequent stage of the festival. Superbly organised, thank you JFF2018!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Daniel! Hope we all meet one day. Good luck with the international premiere in Poland!

  • Rea Moeti

    The festival Director Lisa Henry was a great host and communicated very well with everything in the lead up to the festival, she also made lots of effort to get my film media publicity. This was a great festival with good film selections. Looking forward to it next year.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting your film to us. We wish you every success going forward.

  • Ian Morgan

    Great Festival! Looking forward to next year.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being a part of JFF2018!

  • A great festival is made by the people behind it, and the community of filmmakers and film lovers that develops from it. The entire Jozi team were warm, welcoming and so passionate about the films and stories showcased at the festival. But beyond that, they engaged and involved the local communities to be a part of and benefit from the festival events, by hosting screenings in townships and supporting local business. The Jozi Film Festival has its heart and soul in tact and in the right place. Thank you Lisa and Sabi for all your hard work, and to everyone at the Olive Tree Theatre in Alexandra for your love and hospitality. Can’t wait for Jozi 2019.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for travelling thousands of miles to join us! Thank you for embracing who we are and what we do, (and strive to do better each year).