Following the success of 2017,
the Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award
is back for a
second consecutive year. After receiving over 200 entries from all over the
continent in 2017, Discovery is renewing its partnership with the Jozi
once again to find its next great African
Submissions for the Discovery
Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award open on Monday, 19 February and close on Monday, 28 May, calling for 2-5 minute
documentaries from filmmakers across Africa which showcase and celebrate unique
African stories and capture Discovery Channel’s ethos of sparking
“Last year’s entries blew us away, with their creative, emotive
and thought-provoking portrayals of the diversity of Africa’s culture and
people,” said Amanda Turnbull, VP & Country Manager for Discovery Networks
Middle East and Africa. “This year, alongside the Jozi Film Festival, we are
excited to once again to recognize and reward Africa’s talented filmmakers, and
showcase even more creative stories that fulfill Discovery Channel’s ethos of
“Partnering with Discovery Channel was a wonderful success and
thanks to this award we were able to showcase some amazing African talent. This
year we look forward to the entries we will be receiving”, said Lisa Henry,
Jozi Film Festival Founder and Organiser.
This year’s prize from Discovery Channel will include a Canon
XF-405 video camera with Singer Photographic camera accessories worth over
$5,800 in order for the winner to use for their next filming project. “We are
so pleased to be able to contribute to such an incredible initiative and
provide aspiring filmmakers with our equipmentwhich is specifically
designed to help them create more of their memorable stories,” said Roger
Machin, Canon Product Manager – Professional Imaging Products.
“We believe that given the correct tools and production equipment,
these innovative and determined individuals will be able to create even more
amazing work and ensure that the continent gets to see high quality story
telling”, said Kevin Singer, Singer Photographic Managing Director.
The Top 10 films, as selected by a Discovery and Jozi Film Festival
jury, will be broadcast on Discovery Channel in July and August and later at
the seventh annual Jozi Film Festival in September. The winning film will be
selected by popular vote via the voting tool on Discovery’s website: www.discoverychannelafrica.com
and the winner will be flown to Johannesburg to receive
their prize at the Jozi Film Festival awards to be held on Sunday, 30 September
Entrants must be 18+ and be an African resident. Submitted films
must be in English or include English subtitles. To enter go to discoveryafrica.com
, terms and conditions apply. The closing date is 28 May 2018 at
In 2017 Discovery Channel launched its partnership with the Jozi
Film Festival with its Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering award. After over
200 entries and over 2000 votes received from across the continent, the
inaugural award went to Dusty Van Niekerk’s The Tragedy of Africa,
depicted the sad reality of rhino poaching across Southern Africa, and
encouraged viewers to take action to help save our rhinos.
For more information, please contact:
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Telephone: (061) 270 5103
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