The longest running multi-genre film festival in the City of Gold is now in it's 9th 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 2020 festival takes places from 17-20 September over a 4-day period at various locations in Johannesburg and Soweto.

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


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 Bluray or DCP file.

More than one entry may be submitted.

Films must be produced (completed) no earlier than June 1, 2019.


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
  • Eric Miller

    We were delighted that Jozi Film Fest was the first festival to accept our film 'Hutchinson:SHUNTED' for official screening on their festival. They were communicative, informative and supportive, especially useful given that we were first time film makers and unfamiliar with this environment. Wish we'd had more time to view more fo their offering at the festival... there were some excellent films show there.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting your film to us. Proud to have it on our 2020 lineup!

  • Preston Chase

    I was so thrilled to be part of this year’s Jozi Film Festival. Due to the pandemic, things were not normal this year but congratulations to your team for pulling it off. I really appreciated being an official selection considering Mr. Emancipation is my first film. Also, all my communications with the festival were so positive. Thank you Jozi Film Festival for including me this year.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting your labour of love to us, and for documenting something we knew nothing about. We wish you every success with Mr. Emancipation.

  • Jozi Film Festival has been again an awesome experience, even though it was a hybrid edition due to pandemic (semi physical screenings, semi online). Both sides were run perfectly and feedbacks were great. Definitely one of the most interesting film festivals on the African continent. Super speedy and professional communication and friendly festival staff. Great program and the festival showcases its films so well, that it advocates them in a way, like we wish all film festivals would do. Thank you Jozi!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Joël! We appreciate your support and love our growing global family of filmmakers and film lovers.

  • Emily Cross

    A huge thank you to the Jozi Film Fest producers and organizers for letting us be a part of this festival. What a great event!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Emily, for being "part of our pack". All the best with the important work you do.

  • Thank you JoziFilmFest for having our short Documentary & awarding it. We advise everyone if you got a film to submit to this wonderful festival, great communication and support to all filmmakers.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your interest and support of our festival! Having the opportunity to share a film like yours is what makes us tick.