JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 1st, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA) /-Following the 2017 success, Discovery Channel partnered with the seventh annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) once again to spark viewers’ curiosity with new, exciting and unique African stories with The Discovery Channel “Don’t Stop Wondering Award”. And the winning short-form film that showcased and celebrated a unique African story and captured Discovery’s ethos of sparking curiosity to secure over 600 votes (cast by you – the public) throughout Africa, has officially been named. Discovery Channel’s “Don’t Stop Wondering Award” for 2018 has been awarded to film maker, DIDI EXELBY from Cape Town, South Africa for her film, “BURNING EMBERS”. This touching film follows the unique story of Amy McMillan, and how her family took inspiration from a tragedy to change the face of elephant conservation and awareness in South Africa.
Didi Exelby receiving a Canon XF-405 video camera with Singer Manfrotto Photographic accessories worth over $5,800 from Discovery Channel
Didi was announced as the overall winner at the Jozi Film Festival closing ceremony in Johannesburg on Sunday 30 September, where she received a Canon XF-405 video camera with Singer Manfrotto Photographic accessories worth over $5,800 from Discovery Channel, to use towards her next filming project.
“I am so proud and honoured that my team has been chosen as the winner for the Discovery Channel ‘Don’t Stop Wondering Award’ this year. Thank you once again to Discovery Inc. for providing a fantastic opportunity and platform, where awareness can be spread about stories that are so closely aligned to the heart of Africa! I hope that with this film we can communicate the message that the Mike McMillan Nature fund works so hard to support, and spread even more awareness around elephant conservation in Africa. Thank you to Mike’s inspirational family for showing the world how to fuel a culture of change,” says Didi Exelby, Producer, Burning Embers.
“This year once again saw a winning film that highlighted a huge issue we face in Africa – elephant conservation – brought to life through Didi’s unique filmmaking passion and skill. We are extremely proud of Didi’s great work, and hope that this film will spark curiosity in each of you, and urge all Africans to make a difference,” says Debbie Brady, Commercial Director, Discovery Inc. Africa.
“Being able to offer African filmmakers this incredible platform is what makes us at Jozi Film Festival tick. Thank you Discovery Inc., for providing the opportunity, and thank you to Canon and Singer for the amazing prizes. Well done to all the Top Ten finalists and congrats to Didi!” said Lisa Henry, Founder and Organiser of the Jozi Film Festival.
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About The Jozi Film Festival
The Jozi Film Festival was initially created to provide a platform for local filmmakers in Johannesburg, and to develop an audience for South African films. While still prioritizing local film, JFF now accept films from around the world – features, short films, documentaries and student films. We are the longest running multi-genre festival in the City of Gold and our motto remains the same from Day One: We Love Jozi. We Love Film.
The Jozi Film Festival strongly supports independent films.
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