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SOUTH AFRICA – NIGERIA BUSINESS FORUM 2013

On Tuesday 7 May 2013, Gambit Films was represented by Producer Benjamin Overmeyer at the South Africa & Nigeria Business Forum. The forum was attended by both, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Mr Goodluck Jonathan, as well as President of the Republic of South Africa Mr Jacob Zuma. Hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, President Jacob Zuma had bilateral discussions with President Goodluck Jonathan based on the commitments made since the launch of the Bi-National Commission in 1999 to mark the dawn of formal bilateral cooperation on Economic Development matters between South Africa and Nigeria. Within this context the visit provided an opportunity for the South African businesses to interact with the Government and private sector leaders of Nigeria. The forum offered the opportunity for Gambit Films to interact with Politicians, Captains of industry and leaders from both territories in search of ways in which to increase trade and investment opportunities. The need for industrialisation on the continent dominated discussions. A record 9 MOU’s were signed between the two countries in the hope that this would ease current trade limitations. Following up from a trade mission Gambit Films’s Director Travis Taute attended in November 2012, we’re hoping that Gambit Films will soon have a presence in other African countries…

BRAVE NEW WORLD: Your One-Stop CT VFX HUB

Brave New World is a VFX and digital animation hub comprised of a few world-class VFX companies that have collectively worked on projects from all around the world. Based in the CBD, this awesome enterprise is the perfect facilitator for all post-production needs the industry needs catering for. Check out their reel below…

IFFR: A FESTIVAL FOR THE ART OF FILM & FILMMAKING

In January 2013, Travis Taute and Daryne Joshua attended the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The festival, which at the core focuses on Arthouse Film & Development was a learning of curve of note for both directors. Mixing with some of the most elite filmmakers from around the globe, the complexity of international financing, co-production and distribution were made accessible through world-class seminars hosted by European and American industry veterans. Through opportunities to pitch to various German, French and Dutch Producers, Gambit Films took a significant step forward in establishing an international client base for commercials, along with building budding relationships that will continuously be developed in the world of cinema. An inspiration for documentary filmmakers too, the festival enhanced Gambit’s 2013 project slate, allowing market research and audience appeal to fine-tune our projects based on commercial viability. Through a collaborative effort, 2013 will hopefully bring one or more of Gambit’s projects currently in development, into production with international partners. Despite the average -7C temperatures, the trip, which was facilitated through PUM EXPERTS was nothing but a success! Stay tuned for more updates as these projects head closer to a screen near you…

ORAL HISTORIES: A VISION OF THE PAST

In January 2012, Gambit Films began pre-production on a documentary short project titled, ORAL HISTORIES. The documentary, which sheds light on the operations of a small fishing community and their past and present political struggles as a result of the Apartheid regime was filmed over the course of 3 months. Set in Struisbaai, in close proximity to Cape Agulhas – the Southern most tip of the African continent – the documentary follows the lives of community elders and their continuing struggle with issues such as forced removals, resonating racial divides, truth, reconciliation and forgiveness. The documentary, directed by Daryne Joshua is currently in post-production with a release date scheduled for later this year. Stay tuned…

‘VANISHED’ INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS ACQUIRED

Gambit Films recently acquired the rights to the International hit series, VANISHED. This Television series first aired in the Netherlands in 2006 under the title Spoorloos Verdwenen, produced by Holland Harbour Productions. The success of the series in Holland led to the program being licensed and successfully produced in other major territories around the world, such as Russia where a cult following of the show has led to numerous seasons being produced. Gambit Films will be the first to produce VANISHED in English for both local and International audiences. Stay tuned as this project heads into development…

The Grad Life Teaser Trailer

This is an official teaser trailer for the half-hour dramedy series, The Grad Life, that we’re currently trying to find a home for with a local or International broadcaster. The pilot for this series concluded principal photography in 2010 and has been in development ever since. Take a look…

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