Discovery recently partnered with the Jozi Film Festival (JFF) to launch the Discovery Channel ‘Don’t Stop Wondering Award’, a special category in the festival which aimed to recognise African filmmakers creating unique African stories. Following the success of the previous two years with the JFF, Discovery renewed its partnership once again, this time in support of the recently launched channel, Real Time (DSTV 155), the brand’s first free-to-view channel in Africa which broadcasts Real Stories told by Real People.
The contest received over 200 entries from across the continent, and 4,818 votes cast by viewers to select the winning film of the first Real Stories told by Real People award.
(TOP: Tapiwa Gambura from Johannesburg, South Africa, the producer of “Redefining the Road”, displays her dummy cheque).
The winner is filmmaker, Tapiwa Gambura from Johannesburg, South Africa for her film, “Redefining the Road” – a thought-provoking documentary about the power of perspective and the experiences an open heart and mind have to offer. Although she currently lives in Johannesburg, Tapiwa was born in Zimbabwe and that’s where she shot her film about a woman bus conductor.
Tapiwa was announced as the overall winner at the Jozi Film Festival closing ceremony in Johannesburg on Sunday October 6, 2019 where she received $2,500 from Discovery to help finance her next filming project.
“There’s something so humanising about film and that’s the reason I do this – to humanise the people who we don’t get to see as much,” says Tapiwa, Producer, Redefining the Road.
“As the global leader in real life entertainment, we at Discovery are passionate about immersing viewers in the stories of real people,” says Henry Windridge, Head of Brand, Discovery Middle East & Africa. “Changing the theme of the award this year gave us a chance to explore different stories that spoke to the people of Africa, and the depth of storytelling absolutely blew us away.”
The top 20 films, selected from over 200 entries, will be showcased on Real Time in the coming month to bring these new, exciting and uniquely African stories to viewers as a compliment to the best globally-loved content aired on the channel, for world-class lifestyle viewing with a local touch.
“It has been an honour to partner with Discovery once again on this special award, to celebrate African filmmakers and the real people that inspire them,” said Lisa Henry, Founder and Organiser of the Jozi Film Festival. “This platform creates invaluable exposure for the talent found across the continent, and we are so pleased this competition is in its third consecutive year – well done to all finalists and our winners – we look forward to see the stories you bring us in future.
The top 20 Real Stories told by Real People on Real Time (DSTV 155) will be available for viewing from Monday, October 21, 2019 with a new finalist film scheduled to play everyday at 20h50.
Discovery is a producer of real-life entertainment, delivering over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery reaches viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with the PGA Tour to create the Global Home of Golf. Discovery’s brands include Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe.
The Jozi Film Festival (JFF) was initially created to provide a platform for local filmmakers in Johannesburg, and to develop an audience for South African films. Over time, it has evolved and now accepts films from around the world – features, short films, documentaries and student films.