For the first time, the Jozi Film Festival is thrilled to be partnering with Discovery Networks to launch a brand new category to this yearâ€™s lineup. The “Discovery Channel Donâ€™t Stop Wondering Awardâ€ will call for 2-5 minute documentaries from filmmakers across Africa which showcase and celebrate unique African stories and capture Discoveryâ€™s ethos of sparking curiosity. This is an Africa-wide search for filmmaking talent that carries a cash prize from Discovery Channel of $5,000 for the final winner to go towards their next filming project. Entry is free and multiple entries are welcome.
“For over 30 years Discovery has been satisfying curiosity, breaking ground with high-quality factual entertainment programming that inspires and entertains audiences around the world,â€ said Lee Hobbs, VP of Brand & Content, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “Discovery Channelâ€™s Donâ€™t Stop Wondering brand positioning is a call to action; a challenge to always remain curious and celebrate the value of treading your own path. Through this new partnership with the Jozi Film Festival, we hope to discover films that showcase what curiosity means to individuals today, all shot within a contemporary African context, and celebrate the continentâ€™s remarkable filmmaking talent.â€
The Top 10 films as selected by a JFF and Discovery jury will be broadcast on Discovery Channel in July and August, and later at the sixth annual Jozi Film Festival in September. The winning film will be selected by popular vote via the voting tool on Discoveryâ€™s website: www.discoverychannelafrica.com and the winner will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the Jozi Film Festival Awards to be held on 24 September 2017.
Entrants must be 18 years or older and must reside on the African continent. Submissions for this category open at 12:00 on 6 February 2017 and close at 18:00 on 31 May 2017.
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