Nosipho Dumisa wins best director at Fantasia International Film Festival

News, 06 August 2018



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Nommer 37 director and AFDA alumna, Nosipho Dumisa, recently won the Cheval Noir jury prize for Best Director at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec, one of the biggest Genre Festivals in North America.

Mitch Davis, co-director of the Fantasia Film Festival had this to: "Congrats, Nosipho. You've done such extraordinary work with this film. I'm thrilled to see your direction awarded so vividly. Nosipho demonstrates sensitivity and elegance with her debut feature, a Hithcockian noir transplanted to the gritty slums of Cape Town. Displaying an assured level of finesse and precision, the direction allows all elements of the film to breathe, and to shine – even at gunpoint.”

Nommer 37 had its World Premiere at the SXSW International Film Festival in Austin, Texas on 10 March 2018 – The first fully South African feature film to have its world premiere or make an official selection at this highly acclaimed film festival.

Nosipho is also known for directing episodes on the Youth Dance Drama TV Series, danZ . Born a Zulu girl in South Africa's Kwazulu-Natal province, Nosipho moved to Cape Town to study film at AFDA.

Her student short film, iSoldia, a film depicting a tragic riot that broke out during a health workers protest, earned her a nomination for Best Script at the AFDA Awards in 2008.

She then produced some music videos and served as production manager and insert director for lifestyle shows such as All Access Mzansi and Bravo before working as a commercials director.

In 2014, Nosipho and colleague and fellow AFDA alumna, Travis Taute, submitted their co-directed short film, Nommer 37, to the Silwerskerm Film Festival. They won Best Directors while also being nominated in every other category (the only short film to do so in that year).

The film then continued to rake in awards at the South African Black Filmmakers Awards, and finally won Best Film at the South African Film and TV Awards (SAFTA) in 2016.

The short film was then invited by the French Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma to be a part of the 2016 Nuits en Or Tour, where Nosipho, along with other Academy Award (Oscars and BAFTAS etc.) winners from around the globe, travelled through three European countries.

Nommer 37 is Nosipho's debut feature film and makes her one of the first black female narrative feature film directors coming out of SouthAfrica.

She formed Gambit Films in 2009 with like-minded filmmakers in South Africa and has since served as a producer on the popular local daily soap, Suidooster (2016), and several TV movies – all before the age of 30.

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