By AMOGELANG RAMELA and PRECIOUS RAJANE
ENTERTAINMENT fanatics could brace themselves for yet another films galore when the Jozi Film Festival kicks-off tomorrow evening.
In what is expected to be unforgetable life changing experience for viewers, the organisers have roped in the talented actors such as former Generations actor, Akin Omotoso whose Man on Ground (a South African Premiere) is billed for the opening night event to be hosted at the Bioscope Independent Cinema in Jozi.
This festival which runs from February 10-12 will be hosted at two venues, the Bioscope and at the Kensington Club, Ivanhoe Rd, Kensington.
Another drawcard to this year’s festival is Kgafela Oa Magogodi, stand-up poet, storyteller, essayist, columnist, spoken word theatre director appearing after the screening of I Mike What I Like, (Saturday at 9.15pm, Kensington Club) the world’s first spoken word film – a film in which he is featured and also co-produced with director Jyoti Mistry. I Mike What I Like is a riveting tour de force of visual poetry, offering a visceral connection with language and a fluid, narrative, cinematic experience that is a kaleidoscopic visual interpretation of Kgafela oa Magogodi’s powerful words.
The final film of the festival is the new Afrikaans rom-com, Semi-Soet. Directed by Joshua Rous (City Ses’la), the film was produced by James and Anel Alexander’s Scramble Productions. Sandra Vaughn wrote the screenplay. Semi-Soet stars Anel Alexander (Discreet, 7de Laan, Binnelanders), Nico Panagio (Die Storie van Susanna van Biljon, Survivor), Diaan Lawrenson (7de Laan, Stander), Paul du Toit (Liefling, Binnelanders), Louw Venter (The Most Amazing Show), and Sandra Vaughn (Getroud Met Rugby). The film was shot in Gauteng and on the Vrede en Lust wine estate in Franschhoek. The filmmakers were fortunate enough to enlist the support of the Buys family – owners of Vrede en Lust – who made the estate available as a location for the film.
This screening takes place at 4pm on Sunday at The Kensington Club and will be followed by the first Jozi Film Festival Awards ceremony, kicking off at 6pm. The ceremony will be hosted by comedian John Vlismas and actress Nthati Moshesh. Competition categories include: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Fiction Short, Best Animated Film, Best Student Film, and an Audience Choice Award. Finalists in these categories will be announced at the launch on Friday night.
During the three-day event, there will be entertainment outside the venues by students from the National School of the Arts and Capoeira SA.
Details of all the films can be found at www.jozifilmfestival.co.za. Tickets for films at The Bioscope can be purchased online (www.thebioscope.co.za) or at the door while tickets for the event at the Kensington Club can be purchased at the club – cash only. All tickets are R20 but we have two free screenings: These Streets Belong To Us (Sunday, 12:00) and Breaking Out Of The Box (Saturday, 4.15), both at The Kensington Club. We’ll also be running free workshops at The Kensington Club on Saturday and Sunday morning.