Open Window Film Arts is proud to host the inaugural LENS FLARE Film Festival, showcasing short documentary films made by students from The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), The University of Johannesburg (UJ), Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking (CT) and Open Window Film Arts. A panel of judges from all 4 institutions selected this year’s films.

Some exciting news is that the winner of the Judges’ Award for Best Film, as well as the winner of the Audience Award (voted for on the day of the festival) will both be screened at the 2020 Encounters Film Festival in Cape Town, South Africa’s most prestigious documentary festival.

Documentaries are defined by their inherent claim to be telling the truth about the world. No matter how “unmediated” the eventual footage projected on a screen may eventually be, there is always the discernible mark of a filmmaker in every documentary: a lens aiming at “the truth”. Some documentaries tell stories, some investigate a certain category of things that may or may not exist, some make persuasive rhetorical arguments, some do all of the above. South Africa is an incredibly wealthy place to live in if gripping storytelling, skillful investigation or framing arguments is part of your creative process. We are confident that the selection of short documentaries made by South African students presented here in the first annual Lens Flare Film Festival will be a showcase of young creative minds engaging critically, sensitively and poetically with their surroundings, presenting their unique worlds to us through carefully aimed lenses.

Entrance is free, and everyone is welcome.
AV Auditorium