South Africa’s Joburg Film Festival has announced that its six-day celebration of filmmaking and storytelling excellence will kick off on Tuesday, 31 January 2023, with a selection of over 60 films to be screened at the coveted festival.
Following a two-year hiatus, festival organisers earlier this year confirmed the return of this leading film festival to take place in 2023.
Organisers also disclosed that the 2023 edition will feature a well-known and globally respected team, including Zimbabwean-born internationally renowned festival curator Keith Shiri and film festival programmer the equally established and known industry expert Jack Chiang.
Set to showcase some of the finest films from over 35 countries across the globe, including 20 African premieres and 27 South African premieres, the film festival will run from Tuesday, 31st January 2023, to Sunday, 5th February 2023, at various locations across Johannesburg, South Africa.
Organisers indicated that the festival’s line-up will include films from South Africa, Tunisia, Brazil, Seoul, Brazil, the USA, Japan, Morocco and more, with a mix of feature films and documentaries showcasing stories that cross cultural boundaries.
Speaking about the festival, Timothy Mangwedi, Joburg Film Festival executive director, said, “The Joburg Film Festival offers a multicultural international standard cinema experience for film lovers young and old, right in the heart of Joburg. Not only does the festival showcase thought-provoking and debate-stoking films from around the world, but it also brings back the nostalgic storytelling from yesteryear via this selection of films being screened. Everyone is welcome to join the celebration.”
On behalf of MultiChoice, Collen Dlamini, group executive of corporate affairs, said, “We pride ourselves in driving the art of storytelling to our audiences. Not only do we showcase the best of local and international films on our platforms, but we also get behind programmes and initiatives like the Joburg Film Festival to further support the dissemination of quality content, further feeding our audience’s love for film and television”.
Festival screenings will take place in cinemas across the city.