Film makers – fancy winning $5 000 for your next project?

Entries for the sixth annual Jozi Film Festival close at 6pm on 31 May. This year, for the first time ever, the JFF has partnered with Discovery Networks to launch a brand new category – the Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award. 

For this category, film makers need to develop a two- to five-minute documentary that showcases and celebrates unique African stories and captures Discovery’s ethos of sparking curiosity. This is an Africa-wide search for filmmaking talent that carries a cash prize of $5 000 from Discovery Channel for the final winner to go towards their next filming project. Entry is free and multiple entries are welcome.

 “Discovery Networks is very excited to see the entries that will be received for this competition,” said Dilek Doyran, Discovery Channel’s VP of commercial development and country manager of Africa and the Mediterranean. “Discovery Channel has always been about satisfying curiosity, by breaking ground with high-quality factual entertainment programming that inspires and entertains audiences around the world. 

“So, if you are a naturally inquisitive film maker, then do not miss out on this opportunity and enter now before the closing date.” 

After the closing of the entries, the top 10 films selected by a JFF and Discovery jury will be broadcast on Discovery Channel in July and August, and again at the sixth annual Jozi Film Festival in September. The winning film will then be selected by popular vote via the voting tool on Discovery’s website. 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 in Africa. Don’t miss out! Submit your work for this category before the closing at 18:00 on 31 May 2017.

For more information on how to submit to JFF2017, visit or You’re just one short film away from your dream career!