AFDA alumni win at 10th shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival

Alumni Featured, 29 October 2019



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On Thursday 24th October,  VIP guests, film fans and filmmakers packed into Long Street’s newly relaunched 44 On Long Theatre to celebrate the presentation of the 10th shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival’s South African Awards in seven categories.

Two Audience Awards, the Grand Jury prize and four Special Jury Award categories were presented during a vibrant ceremony that saw shnit 2019 jurors John Kani, Lauren Beukes, Kagiso Lediga and Gaopie Kabe speak enthusiastically about the excellent standard of local filmmaking on showcase at this year’s festival and the challenges they faced in selecting the winning films. 

AFDA alumnus Rob Smith picked up the Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay in a shnit Short for his film Camcopy and fellow alumnus Matthew Jankes walked off with the Special Jury Award for Best Direction in a shnit Short for his multi-award winning film Axis Mundi.

Rob Smith was also nominated in the Made in South Africa Audience Award category for his film Camcopy alongside fellow alumnus Craig Cameron-Mackintosh for his film Billy Monk: Shot in the dark. In the Local Flavour Audience Award category AFDA alumni Will Nicholson’s film The Company Gardens and Wynand Louw’s film Cowboy Dan were nominated.

shnit Cape Town, South Africa’s foremost event of its kind, celebrated its tenth anniversary this year.  The festival opened at the Labia Theatre on 17 October, and closes officially 27 October.  It is an exceptional non-profit transnational film festival hosted simultaneously on five continents in cities such as Bern, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Moscow and San Jose.  Driven by a passion for locally produced cinema, excellence and embodying cultural exchange, diversity and originality,  shnit Cape Town, like its global counterparts, screens high quality shortfilms that have between one to forty minutes to get the message across. Aside from the Labia Theatre in Gardens, screenings and numerous special events such as panel discussions and script readings take place across the city at venues such as Isivivana Bertha House, Kelvin Corner, the Raptor Room, Selective Live and at 44 on Long.

shnit capetown will return in October 2020. The festival is made possible by the support of the National Film and Video Foundation and the City of Cape Town. Visit the website 

 

THE FULL LIST OF NOMINEES AND WINNERS:

 

MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA JURY AWARD

WINNER:

The Letter Reader by Sibusiso Khuzwayo (28 mins/Fiction)

Nominees:

Miracle by Bongi Ndaba

Vossie Vergas Homself by Philip Nolte

The Bull by Kelsey Egan

 Skaap by Mzonke Maloney

 

MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA AUDIENCE AWARD

Winner:

The Lost Carts of the Karoo by Timothy Gabb (15 mins/Doc)

Nominees:

Miracle by Bongi Ndaba

The letter Ready by Sibusiso Khuzwayo

Camcopy Rob Smith (AFDA alumnus)

Billy Monk: Shot in the dark Craig Cameron-Mackintosh (AFDA alumnus)

 

LOCAL FLAVOUR AUDIENCE AWARD

Winner 

Ons Albertina by Chantel Clark (21 mins/Fiction)

Nominees:

Queer by Priya Jeeram Patel

The Company Gardens by Will Nicholson (AFDA alumnus)

Far from the castle y Julia Jansch

Cowboy Dan Wynand Louw (AFDA alumnus)

 

SPECIAL JURY AWARDS

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A shnit SHORT

The Bull by Kelsey Egan. Cinematography by Christian Denslow (15 mins/Fiction)

 

BEST SCREENPLAY IN A shnit SHORT

 

Camcopy by Rob Smith (AFDA alumnus)

 

 BEST DIRECTION IN A shnit SHORT

 

Axis Mundi Sean Steinberg and Matthew Jankes (AFDA alumnus)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A shnit SHORT

Elinda Sokhulu by Miracle by Bongi Ndaba

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