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GAMBIT TO COMPETE IN SILVERSKERM FEES COMPETITION!


In June 2014, the collective at Gambit Films were one of 15 teams selected to participate in the SilverSkerm Fees Short Film Competition. The script, Nommer 37 which, was written by Daryne Joshua, Nosipho Dumisa and Travis Taute commences principal photography in late July 2014. This exciting thriller, set entirely on the Cape Flats is a modern-day interpretation of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, Rear Window, commenting on the current political landscape of the criminal underworld. The film, to be directed by Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa will premiere at the SilverSkerm Fees on Friday 29 August in Cape Town. Stay tuned as we bring you updates on this exciting project!

Ons Stories: ‘AS EK HUIS TOE KOM’

In July 2014, Gambit Films completed production on one of the 20 ‘Ons Stories’ Television Films for Kyknet & Kie. In association with Freeway Pictures in Johannesburg, this 48-minute Afrikaans film, set on the backdrop of Cape Town’s notorious ghetto, the Cape Flats, is an intimate reflection on one family’s struggle to cope with the loss of their patriarch, and tells the story of a young girl named Haddie, and her attempt to understand the meaning of life and the importance of family during a particularly tumultuous time. In the wake of her grandfather’s passing, Haddie, a gifted young poet is asked to do the eulogy at his funeral and while collecting stories for her piece from various family members, she accidentally resurrects old family wounds that may threaten to destroy her family for good. ‘As Ek Huis Toe Kom,’ directed by Travis Taute will premiere on the Kyknet & Kie channel in Spring this year. Stay tuned as we bring you more updates!

THE BRIEFCASE: OFFICIAL SELECTION INTO IMSFF


The inaugural Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival (IMSFF), which showcases films shorter than 25 minutes by emerging South African filmmakers, takes place from the 25th to 29th of June 2014 at the Maxi Cineplex in Hatfield Plaza in Pretoria. We are pleased to announce that the Gambit-produced short film, The Briefcase, directed by Travis Taute & Daryne Joshua is officially selected as part of the line up of short films in competition. We look forward to bringing you an update on this exciting development!

RECAPLET: CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


From the 10th-23rd of May 2014, Gambit’s Bradley Joshua, Travis Taute & Daryne Joshua travelled to the Cannes International Film Festival to represent some of Gambit’s original content and productions from Cape Town, South Africa. Assisted through the Association for Transformation in Film and Television, along with the National Film and Video Foundation, and the Film Market Access Program, the trio created quite the sensation, attracting international attention in the form of sales agents, co-producers and co-finances due to the authentic, progressive and ambitious scope of their feature film projects, three of which are now fast-tracked and in advanced stages of development. Additionally, Gambit’s short film, The Briefcase, which screened at the festival as part of the short film corner, received critical acclaim from various influential industry veterans. We look forward to updating you on the progress of all of these projects, propelled forward as a direct result from attending the capital of the world film industry festival circuit. Stay tuned!

‘THE BRIEFCASE’ GOES TO CANNES FILM FESTIVAL!

Believing that the young talents of today will be the big names of cinema in the future, the Festival de Cannes created “Cannes Short Film” in 2011.

At Cannes, short films are represented at the Competition, at the end of which the short films Jury awards a Palme d’or, and at the Short Film Corner, a professional area for meeting people, exchanging ideas and promoting films.

“Cannes Court Métrage” brings these two entities together in a complementary dynamic in an attempt to offer an all-encompassing panorama of the young production worldwide, as well as to stimulate the creativity of short film professionals by bringing them together at workshops and conferences in an area set aside for this purpose at the Palais des Festivals.

Gambit Films is proud to announce that the short film, ‘The Briefcase’ Written and Directed By Gambit duo Travis Taute and Daryne Joshua, has been selected for the Cannes International Film Festival 2014 Short’s Corner. If you would like to meet us at the festival regarding the short, please do not hesitate to contact Daryne Joshua, Travis Taute or Bradley Joshua. We’ll see you all there!

GAMBIT HEADS TO MipTV!


In April 2014, Writer/Director Travis Taute will be heading to one of the largest international markets in the world – MipTV in Cannes, France; to represent Gambit with a slate of projects in various stages of development. From fiction to documentary, Gambit will be looking for co-producers, broadcasters and financiers for their various and exciting body of projects. Stay tuned for updates!

Must Watch: The Psychology of Scary Movies…

If you’re a fan of scary movies, this creepy little video from our friends over at Filmmaker IQ explores the deep fascination human beings have with fear. As a filmmaker, understanding these simple principles can kickstart your venture into the world of horror; and as we know, there’s no richer place to discover haunting and disturbing stories than in Africa…

VIDEO: THE HISTORY OF THE MOVIE TRAILER

One of the coolest and videos we’ve seen recently… If you’re a fan of the trailer as much as we are and understand it’s importance in positioning a project, this is a little video we found over at Filmmaker IQ that needs a few minutes of your attention. Enjoy!

Report: Festival des 3 Continent

In November 2013, Gambit Films’ Writer/Director Nosipho Dumisa was invited to participate in the Produire au Sud Script Studio Residency in Nantes for her first feature film, The Bill, currently in development with the National Film and Video Foundation. 3 South African directors were selected for the 9 day residency at the Durban Film Mart 2013, with the aim of the workshop to allow the directors an opportunity to benefit from script consultations with international experts such as Miguel Machaaski (Il Futuro [2013], Al Juma Al Akheira [2011]) and Gualberto Ferrari (Diaro para un cuento [1998]). 2013 marked the first Script Studio at the festival and it was an honour to be selected to be part of it. We thank everyone at the Festival des 3 Continents and the Durban Film Mart for the opportunity. The Bill is still currently in development….

In the picture: Meg Rickards (Whiplash), Nosipho Dumisa (The Bill), Madoda Ncayiyana (Hhola Hhola), Guillaume Mainguet (Produire au Sud) and Julie Frederikse (Hhola Hhola)

REFLECTING: THE AMERICAN FILM MART 2013

In November 2013, Writer/Director Daryne Joshua travelled to Santa Monica as part of the South African delegation through the Association for Transformation in Film and Television to attend one of the most competitive markets in the world as a representative for Gambit Films. As Gambit’s first venture to the world capitol of Film and television, the goal was to create meaningful relationships with content buyers, possible financiers and co-producers and understand what kind of content, international buyers desired from South African filmmakers – something that was definitely achieved. With a great interest in South African filmmakers and what they have to offer, it became clear that people from a variety of companies and countries are open to meet and discuss possible future collaborations. This key understanding will propel Gambit forward as we approach production for our first slate of feature films… Watch this space!

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