Discovery Channel announces its top 10 finalists for the “Don’t Stop Wondering” Award at the Jozi Film Festival.


We look forward to broadcasting the Top 10 films on Discovery Channel, and showcasing the many different ways of celebrating Africanism.

The search for the winner of Discovery Channel’s brand new award category at the sixth annual Jozi Film Festival has heated up. After receiving over 200 entries from across the continent, Discovery Channel is proud to announce the Top 10 finalists for the Discovery Channel ‘Don’t Stop Wondering’ Award. From today and throughout August, each film will be broadcast on Discovery Channel and it will be up to viewers to decide which film should be chosen as the overall winner. Voting closes on Monday 28 August and each filmmaker stands the chance of winning a cash prize of $5,000 from Discovery Channel to go towards their next filming project.

“While this was Discovery’s first category in the Jozi Film Festival, we were thrilled with the quality and diversity of entries that we received,” says Dilek Doyran, VP of Commercial Development and Country Manager of Africa and the Mediterranean. “Our hope was to find films which captured the ethos of curiosity and celebrated the uniqueness that the African continent has to offer, and with films from Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa and Uganda, we are confident the shortlist represents this.
We look forward to broadcasting the Top 10 films on Discovery Channel, and showcasing the many different ways of celebrating Africanism.”

The Top 10 Films:

“DISCOVERY”, by Manqoba Shongwe from Swaziland
“PUPPETSULA”, by Michael Rodrigues and Shaun James from South Africa
“THE ASCENSION”, by Dieter Du Plessis from South Africa
“MR ABILITY”, by Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce from Uganda
“EGG SLAP”, by Pressilla Nanyange from Uganda
“SJANGALALA: THE NEW ERA”, by Siphiwe Phiri from South Africa
“NON-PEOPLE”, by Wesley Rhode from South Africa
“ANOTHER SUNNY DAY”, by Tim Huebschle from Namibia

Each film will be broadcast on Discovery Channel four times throughout the voting period. Voting opens at 10am on Monday, 31 July on the Discovery website and closes at 10am on Monday, 28 August. The winning filmmaker will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the Jozi Film Festival awards ceremony on 24 September 2017.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to vote for the film you feel epitomizes our African story! Join the conversation on Twitter @discoverysa and by liking us on our Facebook page Discovery Channel South Africa, using #dontstopwondering and #jff2017 Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Discovery Communications.

Photo: Jozi Film Festival – Facebook profile

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August 2 (Wednesday), 2017 |

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