For the first time, the JFF is thrilled to be partnering with Discovery Networks to launch a brand new category to this year’s lineup. The Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Awardwill call for 2-5-minute documentaries from filmmakers across Africa which showcase and celebrate unique African stories and capture Discovery’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,” says Lee Hobbs, VP of brand and content, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “Discovery Channel’s Don’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 JFF, we hope to discover films that showcase what curiosity means to individuals today, all shot within a contemporary African context, and celebrate the continent’s remarkable filmmaking talent.”

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 JFF in September. The winning film will be selected by vote via the voting tool on Discovery’s website, and the winner will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the JFF on Sunday, 24 September.

Entrants must be 18-years or older and must reside on the African continent. Submissions for this category open at 12:00 on Monday, 6 February and close at 18:00 on Wednesday, 31 May.

For more information, visit www.jozifilmfestival.co.za.