Creating a benchmark in the film industry

News, 19 March 2018

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AFDA alumni Nosipho Dumisa and Lineo Sekeleoane are challenging and shaking up the South African film industry still dominated by men. Not only are they the first South African black women to conceptualise, write and direct a feature film, but they are also the founders and owners of their own successful production companies.

Nosipho’s action thriller, Nommer 37, premiered at the SXSW (South by South West) Film Festival, in Texas, during the week of 9 -16 March 2018. It is one of only 44 films, by first-time filmmakers, that were included from 8 160 submissions from across the world and has received rave reviews from the American press. The short film version of Nommer 37, also written and directed by Nosipho won a SAFTA Award in 2016 for Best Short Film. Nommer 37 promises to make waves in the film industry – both locally and abroad. The film premieres in all South Africa cinemas on 1 June 2018.

Lineo’s much anticipated rom-com, Zulu Wedding, will hit South African cinemas on 20 April 2018. The release date was shifted back a few months from February as several new ideas to promote the film started to take shape and more time was to launch these initiatives. One of these many initiatives is a continent-wide screening that will see Zulu Wedding released simultaneously throughout Africa, with VIP screenings in several countries as well as launching a pop-up cinema campaign to ensure that people in rural and low access township areas will be able to watch the film. The main aim of which will be to start new township economies that will rebuild the ‘bioscope’ movie-going culture that was so popular in the townships during the 1980s. 

They will also be launching a #1MillionTicketsSold social media campaign for the film, inspired by Cassper Nyovest's #FillUpTheDome campaign. All of the aforementioned will be supported by a star-studded soundtrack, curated by DJ Maphorisa and featuring Afrotainment’s Tira and Prince Bulo, Kelly Khumalo, Goapele, Shekhinah and JR, among others.

To find out more about Nommer 37 and Zulu Wedding and the impact Nosipho and Lineo have made in the entertainment industry please visit their production company websites:





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