Mzansi Women’s Film Festival

Mzansi Women’s Film Festival

The Mzansi Women’s Film Festival (MWFF) celebrates Women’s Month with its annual event that celebrates the work of women in film from South Africa and other parts of the world.

Since its inception in 2014 MWFF has been hosted at Constitution Hill which has played a huge part in the history of many Soith African women who were imprisoned during Apartheid. When MWFF was established it was done to create a respectable platform for women filmmakers to showcase their work and to create an annual networking opportunity for established women filmmakers and those new to the industry to engage, share their experiences, and build relationships with other filmmakers, as well as industry professionals. The MWFF also goes out of its way to expose the quality and versatility of the work of women filmmakers in an effort to highlight their work as equal to their male counterparts in the industry.

This year MWFF is proud to announce that two new venues have agreed to host screenings for the festival. Westbury Youth Centre and the Wot-if Trust both came on board and will be taking the magic of film to Westbury and Diepsloot. The Westbury Youth Centre is a place of hope that strives to provide opportunities and empower the youth and community through skills development, multimedia, community outreach and education. Wot-if Trust operates from Diepsloot’s Father Louis Blandel Centre, a place of hope for the Diepsloot community, which is dedicated to supporting small and emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, women’s empowerment and youth development.

In addition to treating you to some of the finest films created by women the festival also hosts discussions, some of the panels include talks on exploring the barriers and opportunities for women in documentaries, and female producers and directors, decolonising South African cinema, product placement in film and television, the experiences of South African actresses in the industry, the power of film in music, women in animation, and making film and television work for audiences. The MWFF boasts panels that include established and new faces in the industry, such as Molatelo Mainetje, Pauline Makhene, Jennifer Mostert, Mmabatho Kau, Andre Frauenstein, Dr. Maureen Tong, Rashid Lanie, Dikeledi Mtimkulu, Thandeka Zwane, Nadine Kutu, Duduzile Mabaso, Mbali Kgame, Simon Maringa, Tema Sebopedi, Mmabatho Montsho, Talitha Ndima, Lynette Hlongwane, Rethabile Ramaphakela, Nolwazi Shange, Moliehi Makobane, Miranda Ntshangase, Mavis Khanye, Claudia Phantshi, Pumza Ralo, Nono Mofokeng, Antoinettte Engel, Zinzi Zungu, Helen Kuun, Katarina Hedrén, Carol Kioko, Zamo Mkhwanazi, Tshego Monaisa, Khobi Ledwaba, and others.

The MWFF opens on Friday, 5 August 2016 with the gripping film Alison, a triumphant true tale of monsters, miracles and hope. Directed by Uga Carlini and featuring the courageous Alison Botha, the MWFF proudly hosts Alison Botha and Uga Carlini at the Opening Night screening, which will be followed by a Q&A.

The festival will run from the 5th until the 7th of August.

The MWFF is open to all, women and men, and admission is free at all venues. The film screening venues are:

•             Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein

•             Father Louis Blondel Centre, 7184 Peach Road, Ext. 10, Diepsloot

•             Westbury Youth Centre, cnr McMillan & DuPlessis Streets, Westbury


Further information about the screenings:

Constitution Hill

•             The first screenings start at 10h00 on Saturday and Sunday

•             The last screenings start at 20h00 on Saturday and Sunday

Father Louis Blondel Centre, Diepsloot

•             The first screenings start at 11h00 on Saturday and Sunday

•             The last screenings start at 15h00 on Saturday and Sunday

Westbury Youth Centre, Westbury

•             The first screenings start at 11h00 – 20h00 on Saturday

•             The last screenings start at 11h00 – 16h00 on Sunday


The panel discussions are scheduled as follows:

Constitution Hill: Saturday, 6 August

•             Room A: Panel Discussion 1: 11h00

•             Room B: Panel Discussion 2: 11h00

•             Room C: Panel Discussion 3: 11h00


•             Room A: Panel Discussion 4: 13h00

•             Room B: Panel Discussion 5: 13h00

•             Room C: Panel Discussion 6: 13h00


•             Room A: Panel Discussion 7: 15h00

•             Room B: Panel Discussion 8: 15h00

•             Room C: Panel Discussion 9: 15h00


Constitution Hill: Sunday, 7 August

•             Room A: Panel Discussion 10: 11h00

•             Room B: Panel Discussion 11: 11h00

•             Room C: Panel Discussion 12: 11h00


•             Room A: Panel Discussion 13: 13h00

•             Room B: Panel Discussion 14: 13h00

•             Room C: Panel Discussion 15: 13h00

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Fri 5 Aug 2016
7:00 pm


Constitution Hill
11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein

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Mzansi Women’s Film Festival celebrates the power of film through and the women behind them.


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