Gambit Films is excited to welcome Mthuthu Mzizi into the Gambit fold. Mthuthu joined us in November 2015 as a production intern after spending a few months on Gambit’s local soap opera, Suidooster as a production assistant. Mthuthu is a graduate of Project.I.AM – a social development program that educates youngsters who live in Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township on the ins and outs of the local film industry. Mthuthu has an brilliant work ethic. He is creative; always full of ideas; and shows incredible potential in storytelling. He is a natural team leader and as of February 2016, Mthuthu is now Gambit Film’s in-house production coordinator. We are super excited to watch him grow with us as we head into production on two exciting upcoming feature film projects that Gambit Films will be producing later this year…
We haven’t updated you in a while… If you think it’s because we’ve been insanely busy on exciting new ventures, you would be right. Welcome back! Happy New year (belated)! Here we go!… 2016 is off to an incredible start, and before we share some fantastic developments on some of our upcoming projects, we thought we’d give you a taste of what’s been happening at Gambit over the last couple of months… In a beat.
In March 2015, Gambit began working with the Kay Mason Foundation, producing all the audio visual material for the non-profit organisation. The KMF, which grants children from underprivileged communities a chance to excel in their education through bursaries to prestigious schools, along with additional financial and emotional support to the learner and the learner’s family, is an NGO Gambit Films is extremely privileged and proud to be aligned with. The foundation’s contribution to the lives of tomorrow’s leaders resonates with the core values of everyone at Gambit Films. We look forward to sharing the moving stories of the brilliant learners with you very soon! For more information on how you can get involved, please visit www.kmf.org.za
“Powerful, fresh and blessed with an enviable stage presence, poet, musician and woman’s rights activist, Ntsiki Mazwai also goes by her clan name, MaMiya. Born in Soweto, South Africa, her unique style of fusing her inspirational poems with beats has proved immensely popular.” (Othervoicespoetry) Mzansi Mamela is proud to announce that joining our project in both Orange Farm & Letlhabile is the one and only Ntsiki Mazwai. Sharing her poetry and lifting the potential of the high school learners to the fore, we know that the passion for the arts will be ignited by her presence. We look forward to her contribution.
Mzansi Mamela gets the people of Orange Farm & Letlhabile out of their chairs and dancing to the explosive sounds of Joburg artist Mnce-DC! Ready to deliver a game changing performance, Mnce-DC raises the roof with his music featuring collaborations with Ishmael Morabe, Don Chaka & Magesh to name but a few.
Gambit Films / Mzansi Mamela is proud to announce that we will be sharing the exclusive behind the scenes story of the super successful South African feature film “Hard To Get” with the High School learners of Orange Farm & Letlhabile. The Directorial Debut from Zee Ntuli, Produced by Helena Spring & Junaid Ahmed.
Mzansi Mamela is delighted to announce that “Hear Me Move” Producer Wandile Molebatsi will join us to talk about this amazing film. The film is currently on screens nation wide! Creating waves.. Support local cinema!! The High School kids of Orange Farm & Letlhabile will get to witness the making of and hear about what it takes to create great local films!
On 21 February 2015, Gambit Films launched the Mzansi Mamela Film Festival in conjunction with The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC). This Phase One Initiative, sees us taking the art of film making to rural and disadvantaged communities. Benjamin Overmeyer, a Producer at Gambit Films is spearheading and driving this initiative. The Festival starts with a workshop, where groups of High School students are given the basics in film making. Following this, they will have 1.5 weeks to make a 3 min film which will be showcased on the Festival day, 2 weeks after the workshop. The Festival day will see us showing various cinematic works, including the participating students work. A winning group if film makers will be selected for the best film, with various prizes to follow. Our aim with this initiative is to unearth potential Film Makers and to grow the South African cinema going audience. Through the Mzansi Mamela Film Festival, we hope to further develop interest in local cinema for long term industry growth.
Gambit Films is looking forward to this Saturday’s 2nd travelling film festival, Mzansi Mamela! Please feel free to join us, 10am – 5pm, Saturday 14th March 2015. Letlhabile Community Hall, Letlhabile, North West. Developing Audiences for local film, inspiring tomorrows filmmakers today. A call to lights, camera and ACTION!!!
Gambit Films will soon be embarking on one of it’s most ambitious projects to date – The Mzanzi Mamela Project! Supported by the South African Department of Arts and Culture, Mzansi Mamela is a travelling film festival aimed at high school students spread across the nine provinces in South Africa. In aims to educate and expose previously disadvantages communities to the film industry through a combination of showcasing South African short films, conducting introductory film making workshops with industry professionals; and introducing a hands-on film creation competition available to all participants. Mzansi Mamela aims to awaken the passion for film making in tomorrow’s leaders, today. A 2-day programme, 9 Festivals, 9 Provinces, 27 short films each made in 72hours, a multitude of selected films, amazing guest speakers and extremely talented workshop conveners! Mzansi Mamela – it’s a Call to lights, camera & ACTION!! Commencing in March 2015, we look forward to bringing you updates on this awesome new adventure for Gambit!
Wow. 2014. What an incredible year for Gambit Films. We couldn’t have asked for busier, crazier or more fruitful year than that of the last 365 days. From Television to Film to Commercials to Corporate Videos to Documentaries, we covered it all and covered it well! It will, from now on, be described as the year that we reached a precipice in the building and solidifying of the Gambit brand, with 2015 following on to tip the scales over into the beyond. With amazing news already on it’s way, fantastic projects heading into production and growth beyond our wildest expectations about to occur, 2015 is set to be the year of Gambit. Of course, a massive thank you is due to the fantastic cast and crew we continue to work with and that continue to help us shine. The support of new clients, old clients and returning clients have all contributed to the exponential growth of the Gambit brand and we simply cannot wait to deliver the excitement that is about to befall us this year! Stay tuned as we continue to develop, produce and deliver the kind of content we’ve all dreamed of seeing on local (and a few international screens) since we can remember! But first… A couple of updates as to what’s been keeping us busy over the last few months…