Johannesburg — The third annual Joburg Film Festival is in full swing.
On Tuesday, the City of Gold rolled out the red carpet to open the festival that boasts a slate of 60 films and documentaries from across Africa and around the world.
The six-day festival opened with the South African premiere of local horror film, 8, starring Tshamano Sebe, Inge Beckmann, Garth Breytenbach and Chris April. It tells the tale of an old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, who then seeks atonement after trading his daughter's soul. On Wednesday festival organisers announced the line-up of jurors who will adjudicate the 2019 Joburg Film Festival's 'In Competition' films.
Multi-award winning author, Zakes Mda; NCIS: New Orleans and Avatar actress, CCH Pounder, South African actress Florence Masebe; Nigerian documentary filmmaker, screenwriter and cinematographer Femi Odugbemi; and Canadian academic and writer, Nataleah Hunter-Young will select the Joburg Film Festival's finest films.
The winners will be announced at the Festival's Gala Awards evening on Saturday, 23 November.
Three honours will be awarded, with recipients taking home the festival's prestigious Nguni Horn trophy and a cash prize. The Best Film and Best African Film winners each receive a R50 000 cash prize, with a Special Recognition Award winner, selected by the Jurors, also receiving a R20 000 cash prize.
The ten 'In Competition' films at this year's Joburg Film Festival are:
- Rocks (Director: Sarah Gavron)
- Letters Of Hope (Director: Vusi'Africa)
- Farming (Director: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)
- Our Lady Of The Nile (Director: Atiq Rahimi)
- Indigo (Director: Selma Bargach)
- Yardie (Director: Idris Elba)
- Redemption (Director: Mickey Fonseca)
- Bombay Rose (Director: Gitanjali Rao)
- Flatland (Director: Jenna Bass)
- Papicha (Director: Mounia Meddour.