Johannesburg, South Africa 4 - 6 September 2020

Announcing the Winners

After much deliberation, our distinguished panel of judges has selected this year’s winning films. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers and teams who participated. We are proud to announce our winners.

Kudos to Pure Kino Productions for winning Best Film of 2020. Their film Smother will go on to represent Johannesburg against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2021.


1st Place: Best Film of 2020

Smother by Pure Kino Productions

2nd Place: Best Film of 2020

Snake Oil by YoungBlood

3rd Place: Best Film of 2020

Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS

Required Elements

  • Character: Danzo or Dintle Masina, Tele-Marketer
  • Prop: a suitcase
  • Line: "What do you want from me?"

Audience Favorite: Group A

Smother by Pure Kino Productions

Honorable Mention
Enough is Enough by Boston Media House Arcadia

Audience Favorite: Group B

Makhelwane - The Neighbour by Urban Kulture ZA

Honorable Mention
Weather or not by Auzweke

Audience Favorite: Group C

The Note by The Placebo Effect

Honorable Mentions
Cold Call by Plot Twist Company
ISILILO-The outcry by ISILILO

Audience Favorite: Group D

Snake Oil by YoungBlood

Honorable Mentions
Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS
The Return Of TswanaKinesis by Yardang Film Group

Best Writing

Smother by Pure Kino Productions

Honorable Mentions
The Note by The Placebo Effect
Persona. by Moonwalkers
Snake Oil by YoungBlood

Best Editing

Smother by Pure Kino Productions

Honorable Mentions
Snake Oil by YoungBlood
The Return Of TswanaKinesis by Yardang Film Group
Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS

Best Directing

Smother by Pure Kino Productions

Honorable Mentions
Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS
Snake Oil by YoungBlood

Best Cinematography

Smother by Pure Kino Productions

Honorable Mentions
The Note by The Placebo Effect
Snake Oil by YoungBlood
The Return Of TswanaKinesis by Yardang Film Group
Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS

Best Sound Design

Smother by Pure Kino Productions

Honorable Mentions
Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS
Snake Oil by YoungBlood

Best Musical Score

Persona. by Moonwalkers

Honorable Mentions
Smother by Pure Kino Productions
Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS

Best Actor

Snake Oil by YoungBlood

Honorable Mentions
Perception by Seko Films
Smother by Pure Kino Productions

Best Actress

Makhelwane - The Neighbour by Urban Kulture ZA

Honorable Mentions
Smother by Pure Kino Productions
Madam Maria by Unmasked

Best Ensemble Acting

Makhelwane - The Neighbour by Urban Kulture ZA

Honorable Mentions
Persona. by Moonwalkers
Snake Oil by YoungBlood
Smother by Pure Kino Productions

Best Graphics

The Return Of TswanaKinesis by Yardang Film Group

Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS

Honorable Mentions
Snake Oil by YoungBlood
Weather or not by Auzweke

Best Effects

The Return Of TswanaKinesis by Yardang Film Group

Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS

Best Costumes

Snake Oil by YoungBlood

Smother by Pure Kino Productions

Honorable Mentions
The Nomads by Mythology Film Productions
Bhango by Thula sizwe films

Best Use of Character

The Return Of TswanaKinesis by Yardang Film Group

Honorable Mentions
Umhlatshelo wok'qakaza by The Devil's Thorn
Snake Oil by YoungBlood
Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS
Makhelwane - The Neighbour by Urban Kulture ZA

Best Use of Prop

Snake Oil by YoungBlood

Honorable Mentions
The Nomads by Mythology Film Productions
The Return Of TswanaKinesis by Yardang Film Group

Best Use of Line

Snake Oil by YoungBlood

Honorable Mentions
Perception by Seko Films
The Return Of TswanaKinesis by Yardang Film Group
Lappie 3000 by SP!FF PRODUCTIONS

All Female Crew

Doppel by Terraqua

Honorable Mention
Retortion by Onset Femme Production

Best Mobile Production

Noel by Chicken Noodle Soup

Honorable Mentions
The Adventures of Drone Boy by Mampane 357 Crew
Umhlatshelo wok'qakaza by The Devil's Thorn
What is with your case by Utalagu Media

Best Newcomer

Verbatim by Baptizer Hotel

Honorable Mentions
Cupcake by Sketchy Dot Things
Bhango by Thula sizwe films
Weather or not by Auzweke

Best Producing

Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS

Honorable Mentions
The Nomads by Mythology Film Productions
Smother by Pure Kino Productions

Best Student Film

The Return Of TswanaKinesis by Yardang Film Group

Honorable Mentions
Enough is Enough by Boston Media House Arcadia
Noel by Chicken Noodle Soup

Biggest JHB48HFP Fan

ISILILO-The outcry by ISILILO

Social Distancing Champ

Doppel by Terraqua

Honorable Mentions
Sins of a Brother by The Garudas
Selling Uranus by Pistorius Productions

Social Media Champions

Umlabalaba by African Elephant

Persona. by Moonwalkers

Doppel by Terraqua

Makhelwane - The Neighbour by Urban Kulture ZA

2020 Film List

  • 19:76 by BipXlar TV

    Time eventually runs out

  • Alliance by Dark Matter

    Word is until money until money is involved.

  • Bhango by Thula sizwe films

    A Journey within

  • Binnary by NJ FILM PRODUCTIONS

    When a young girl is targeted for termination due to the outcome of an algorithm simulation, a hacker is the only one who could save her life.

  • Broken World by the young ones

    kid that runs a way from home

  • Cold Call by Plot Twist Company

    When an old man is given the opportunity to decide how he dies, he turns it into a joke and gets much more than he ever bargained for.

  • Cupcake by Sketchy Dot Things

    Time travel and inevitable demise through a simple cupcake

  • Danza by Key creatives

    A tele-marketer investigates a murder case after receiving a distress call from a client.

  • Doppel by Terraqua

    When Alex meets her doppelganger, life starts looking up...

  • Dream Number Three by Team Thou Art

    Losing sleep over a dream.

  • Enough is Enough by Boston Media House Arcadia

    When a senior manager at a call center sexually harrases an intern the consequences are deadly.

  • Family Affair by Sketch Konexion Films

    A boy who killed his mother fighting for his inheritance assumbly that will not give him his inheritance then he killed her

  • Fly High by The Rookies

    Two siblings escape to a field from their abusive Father. To deal with their traumatic experience they turn to drug abuse which sends them flying into a superhero fantasy.

  • Forage by Keiwood Entertainment film Academy

    Danzo a man investigating a life changing opportunity .

  • Get In There by The Titans

    A meek tele-marketer looking to make extra money by being an escort is mistakenly sent to a wrong customer who is expecting a dominatrix.

  • Good Girl Bad World by Rising for Prosperity

    When a young ambitious girl losses her entire life and dream overnight and is brought to a sophisticated world of lies, secrets and betrayal.will the good girl cope in this bad world?

  • Hopes And Dreams by Blacktoned pictures

    Hopes and Dreams is a story about young Lethabo who's dreams of going to school are shattered by her cruel Uncle who only believes that school is meant for boys and not for girls because his educated sister Dintle died lonely and broke then he forces her into an arranged marriage.

  • I got you by House of Tshwane

    A story of a telemarketer who loves food more his job

  • I Want A Vacation by BMH DURBAN

    A young lady goes on a vacation and receives bad news that ruins it. Her Uber driver offers her a tour to cheer her up and they end up being a couple

  • ISILILO-The outcry by ISILILO

    Stop Gender based violence

  • it ended in tears by 2020 Vision

    Coming of age into a new era of finding thyself.

  • Kept in the dark by EA Studio Media

    An ignorant young man raises his struggling childhood best friend's hopes by claiming to be rich.

  • Lappie 3000 by SP!FF PRODUCTIONS

    Susan asks the help of her best friend Dintle to find the best cleaning method for a crime scene.

  • Lufumo by Brilz Films

    Lufuno, is a film about a young aspiring actress who is forced by her mother and 2 sisters to join the family prostitution business but she refuses to give up on her dream.

  • Madam Dintle by Diep Stars Production

    In life you have to make sure your family comes first.

  • Madam Maria by Unmasked

    What can you do with the degree of house keeping

  • Makhelwane - The Neighbour by Urban Kulture ZA

    Rakagadi and Danzo Masina scam their neighbour’s dreams and souls.

  • Manga Waya Waya by TAOI

    Waya Waya business

  • Mofenyi by Les'Go Shoot Films

    Everyday two bulls fight in every person's mind.

  • Morwalo by The Liberated Creatives

    During an entitlement tug of war with the dead, Dintle's greed torments her home as she denies a spirit access to its full body

  • Nkosazana mbovane by BLACK SHOTS

    In a world unimagined, she gets healed in ways that are out of this world

  • Noel by Chicken Noodle Soup

    All Hearts Come Home For Christmas

  • One of Us by Stories They Don't Tell

    A burdened man is forced to sacrifice a homeless man in order to clone his brother and save his legacy but things take an expected when the cloning goes wrong and he ends up cloning himself.

  • Perception by Seko Films

    Blinded by what we hear, think and see.

  • Persona. by Moonwalkers

    Two crew members fall in love on the movie set of "What about the Zombies".

  • Please Call Again by Jolly Good Show

    A work-sick insurance telemarketer yearns for one more adventure

  • Pono by 5

    A young man grapples with the truth of his reality when his inner child manifests as a subsistent figment trying to lure him away from his disquieting childhood home.

  • Prestige Automation by Up in Smoke

    Artificial intelligence have found a way to incorporate human traits in the programming of test subjects.

  • Reflections by Three Sixty Canvas

    A young lady finds herself in a battle with her inner-self, who confronts her and makes her realise that her journey to self-discovery starts with introspection.

  • Retortion by Onset Femme Production

    Dintle Masina, a lady with a genuine personality finds herself confined on a situation which leaves her no choice but to opt between the abusing and insecure husband and he job as a teller marketer but ended losing all.

  • Selling Uranus by Pistorius Productions

    The description of the Material : Selling Uranus is a lite satire that leaves commentary on the idiotic pursuit of space exploration. A husband must abandon the life he has always known to follow her wife's career aspirations to work as a head of sales on the planet Uranus.

  • Separated by MNCMN Productions

    Wanting the life of the other, abandoned by the river.

  • Shattered by Wallflower

    Women need to remember the amount of power they hold, it surpasses all the doubt in our brains.

  • Sibling by Black Mode Production

    Story about siblings, who are following over the conflicts, by always fight

  • Sins of a Brother by The Garudas

    Do whatever it takes for family

  • Smother by Pure Kino Productions

    Are you with us?

  • Snake Oil by YoungBlood

    After a fraudulent snake oil salesman gets confronted by a vagrant gypsy a peaceful night camping turns into a waking nightmare when a snake spirit arrives demanding penance.

  • The Adventures of Drone Boy by Mampane 357 Crew

    The Misadventures of a could have been superhero

  • The End Is The Beginning by SilverTag Projects

    FIRE DOESNT BURN UNLESS PROVOKED

  • The Hippie Hotline by The Panic Bakery

    Danzo Masina is tired and burnt out. In search of Inner Peace he calls a mysterious hotline.

  • The Nomads by Mythology Film Productions

    A Nomad's journey of a thousand miles starts with a walk towards the source of line.

  • The Note by The Placebo Effect

    Man with dementia

  • the package by Black watch

    the one who laughs last laughs the loudest

  • The Return Of TswanaKinesis by Yardang Film Group

    After having a surprisingly relaxed break in lockdown, local super hero TswanaKinesis is becoming less enthusiastic about getting back to work.

  • Tied by Xiluva Collective

    Every scar tells a story

  • Time Locked by The Dysfunctional House

    Two Friends stuck in time trying to find their way back.

  • True lies by Rapusha Productions

    A telemarketer who runs a none existing business who's on a killing spree

  • Tswaya (Tsoti Taal for Go) - A Short Film by Phofarah Studios by Phofarah Studios

    What do you want from me?

  • Umhlatshelo wok'qakaza by The Devil's Thorn

    A musical journey that led to a torment death.

  • Umlabalaba by African Elephant

    INSPIRING

  • Un-Tangled by SOS Media
  • Vacation (noun) by Big Bite Pictures

    Dintle, a young tele-marketer who constantly kills her individuality because of the social standards of the world, embarks on a journey to find peace.

  • Verbatim by Baptizer Hotel

    A young woman receives a phonecall that prompts her to track down a man with a mysterious past under the guise of selling him a service.

  • Weather or not by Auzweke

    Absolute power, corrupts absolutely.

  • What is the big deal by The Diepsloot Youth Programme
  • What is with your case by Utalagu Media

    You know nothing about me!


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