Everything you need to know about the third annual Joburg Film Festival

Cape Town – The third annual Joburg Festival will kick off its six-day celebration from 19 - 24 November.

The South African horror film, 8, will premiere at the festival hub on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

Starring Tshamano Sebe, Inge Beckmann, Garth Breytenbach and Chris April - it centres on an old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, who then seeks atonement after trading his daughter's soul.

Moviegoers will be able to watch a total of 60 films and documentaries from around the world at six venues across Johannesburg.

The festival will play host to a number of stars, producers and directors, who will participate in Q&A sessions after select screenings across the programme, with daily red carpet premieres allowing fans to meet the stars themselves.

THE LINE-UP

The Joburg Film Festival line-up includes films from South Africa; Nigeria; Mozambique; Brazil; USA; UK; Morocco and more, with a mix of feature films and documentaries showcasing stories that cross-cultural boundaries.

Idris Elba's directorial debut, Yardie, tells the story of a Jamaican immigrant in London who becomes consumed with avenging the murder of his older brother.

Frances-Ann Solomon's Hero is inspired by the life and times of Ulric Cross whose life spanned key moments of the 20th Century like WW2, African independence, Black Power, the rise of a new brand of Black leadership around the world - all events that have shaped the world today.

Luce, starring Octavia Spencer; Kelvin Harrison Jr; Naomi Watts & Tim Roth sees the liberal-minded couple, Amy and Peter Edgar, who are forced to reconsider their image of their adopted son after they discover he has written an extremely disturbing essay for his class at school.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami delves into the story of larger than life performer and model Grace Jones to discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realised, and her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is played out.

Where are you, João Gilberto? sets out in the footsteps of German writer Marc Fischer who obsessively searched for the legendary founding father of Bossa Nova, Brazilian musician João Gilberto, who has not been seen in public for decades.

Fanney Tsimong's soulful documentary, My Culture, My Music, illustrates how music has always been a powerful tool within South African culture. A host of South African artists narrate what music and culture mean to them: connecting to the body and soul, healing and providing a sense of being.

SCREENINGS AND TICKET INFORMATION

Screenings will take place at Auto & General Theatre on the Square and at a free outdoor screening area at Nelson Mandela Square; Ster-Kinekor Sandton City; Cinema Nouveau Rosebank; Maboneng's Bioscope and Kings Theatre in Alexandra.

For a full listing of the 60 films which make up the Joburg Film Festival – and for information on how to book tickets when bookings open on 10 November - visit www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za.

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht.