Juba Film Festival set for December

Organizers of the Juba film festival pose for a photo during the second annual film festival in Juba, capital of South Sudan, Sept. 6, 2017. South Sudan’s second annual film festival is screening 32 local and 37 foreign actors. (Xinhua/Julius Gale)

 By Viola Matela 

The Director of Juba Film Festival has revealed that this year’s event will be held in December.

Earlier this year, the committee announced that it would be held in September but it has been postponed according to the event director.

“The Juba Film Festival 2018 is now rescheduled for 10th to15th December 2018 not 25th-30th September 2018 as communicated earlier,” Simon Bingo, Director of Juba Film Festival said.

According to Bingo, 58 films had so far been received for the Juba film festival 2018 under various genres. The submissions are said to have started on the 1st November 2017 and ended on the 1st July 2018.  39 local films were submitted to compete in the mega awards such as Best Director, Best Camera Person, Best Editor, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Fiction Film, Best Documentary, Best Comedy Film, Best Short Film, Best Script, Best Sound, Best Videos on Human Rights and Humanitarian.

Mr. Bingo also said that 14 foreign films were set to compete in the category of Best Foreign Film while 5 student films for the Students’ Awards.

He revealed to Juba Monitor in an exclusive interview that this time, the festival was going to be free of charge as a way of giving back to the community.

He further said the initiative was to enable local people tell their own stories instead of always leaving it to foreigners to narrate their own way.

“The war will not distract us or kill our hopes and desires from sharing or telling our own local stories as South Sudanese. We want to tell our own stories our way and build the film industry,” Bingo added.

Mr Bingo later said that the films have been forwarded to the festival committee to be selected for screening to the public those that would enter the competition before finally submitting to a jury of five judges to select the winners of each category.

According to Mr Bingo, viewers could only vote later in the Audience Choice Award for the Most Loved Film.

He also revealed that the public screening would take place in Gudele, Jebel, Sherikat in the football fields in the evenings while a day time session would run at Nyakuron Cultural Centre.


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