Thokoza Film Festival: A Platform for Filmmakers and Film Enthusiasts

About Us

Founded by Xolisa Mpafa and Abongile Ntsatha, the Thokoza Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work, connect with industry professionals, and receive recognition for their creativity. The festival recognizes the challenges faced by independent filmmakers and strives to create opportunities for them to gain exposure and distribution for their films.

Mission and Vision

The Thokoza Film Festival’s mission is to empower filmmakers, promote diversity in storytelling, and foster a vibrant film community in Thokoza, South Africa. The festival envisions a world where independent filmmakers have access to the resources and recognition they need to share their unique perspectives with the world.

Key Initiatives

  • Annual Film Festival: The festival’s centerpiece is an annual event held in Thokoza, featuring screenings of short and feature-length films, workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities.

  • High School Filmmaking Award: Recognizing the untapped potential of young filmmakers, the festival established the High School Filmmaking Award, providing training and mentorship to high school students and showcasing their films at the festival.

  • Industry Networking: The festival facilitates connections between filmmakers, film funders, and film distributors, fostering collaborations and opening doors for potential partnerships and distribution deals.


The Thokoza Film Festival has made a significant impact on the local film scene, providing a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their talent, gain recognition, and connect with industry professionals. The festival has also contributed to the cultural vibrancy of Thokoza, fostering a sense of community and appreciation for cinematic arts.

Looking Ahead

The Thokoza Film Festival continues to evolve and expand its reach, committed to its mission of empowering filmmakers and enriching the South African film landscape. With its dedication to diversity, inclusivity, and innovation, the festival is poised to play an even greater role in shaping the future of South African cinema.


Thokoza Film Festival has been appoint by Transnet Foundation to manage one of the Transnet Centre.
Thokoza Film Festival 2nd Annual will happen from the 26-30 March 2024 at Transnet Thokoza Community Centre.