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Joburg Film Festival to highlight youth development

September 5, 2022

Following the recent announcement of the return of the Joburg Film Festival in 2023, the festival’s dynamic new brand has launched with the details of the festival’s extensive Youth and Audience Development programme. 

Along with partners Multichoice, the Joburg Film Festival officially launched at an intimate film industry in Johannesburg on the 2nd of September 2022.

Set to run from Thursday, the 31st of January 2023, to Sunday, the 5th of February 2023, the Joburg Film festival will screen over 60 feature premieres. It will also include a dynamic range of audience and industry initiatives, including the following: 

  • Industry Programme
  • Youth and Audience Development Programme
  • Film Society Joburg and JBX Content Market initiative.

With its ongoing vision to prioritise the growth and development of young South African and African filmmakers, the Youth and Audience Programme will conduct and host a series of skills development and empowerment workshops for budging film creatives.

Now in its fourth year, the outreach programme focuses mainly on young people in disadvantaged and underdeveloped communities. The two-day workshops provide insights into the filmmaking process and its different disciplines. It will be in addition to the opportunity to network with industry leaders during each workshop. The programme culminates in a series of film screenings for the broader community.

Joburg Film Festival workshops and screening events

The series of workshops and screening events will take place between October 2022 and January 2023 across Gauteng’s five regions as follows:

  • Sedibeng: 08 – 09 October 2022
  • Westrand: 22 – 23 October 2022
  • Ekurhuleni: 05 – 06 November 2022
  • Tshwane: 26 -27 November 2022
  • Johannesburg: 14 – 15 January 2023

Additionally, attending young filmmakers can participate in the exciting new Young Voices Short Film Competition. Registered attendees will be invited to create short films around the theme “WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT THE TOWNSHIP?” and to submit them for consideration.

An esteemed panel of expert judges will select three overall winners from the five regions. The top three selected filmmakers will receive a scholarship and various other prizes.

The Joburg Film Festival once again boasts a well-known and globally respected team that includes Award-winning film producer Bongi Selane, who will return as the 2023 Film Festival Director. 

The Festival curation team comprises Zimbabwean-born internationally renowned Festival Curator Keith Shiri. Shiri has been programme advisor to the London Film Festival and served in that position for the Venice Film Festival. He was a member of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund from 2004-2007. Joining him as the Film Festival Programmer is the equally established and known industry expert Jack Chiang.

The Youth and Audience Programme


  • Acting Workshop
  • Story and Conceptualisation Workshop
  • Pitching and Proposals Workshop
  • Production Accounting Workshop


  • Acting Workshop II
  • Director’s Master Class
  • Content Creators Master Class
    • Cinematographer
    • Art Director
    • Music Scoring
    • Animation
    • Producers

Registration can be done online via Joburgfilmfestival.co.za/youngvoices

Limited tickets will be available for sale from November 2022.

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