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!!!
In October / November 2014, Gambit Films produced a slate of inspiring Herbex Health Commercials that serve as testimonials to women that have achieved amazing changes in their figures due to dramatic weight loss. Directed by Gambit’s Nosipho Dumisa, these TVC’s are set to begin airing in January 2015 and have continuously inspired more women from all races, around the country to come forward and tell their story! We look forward to telling many more in 2015!
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!
(Picture: Bradley Joshua: Gambit GM & Executive Producer with Alimi Ballard of “CSI Las Vegas” and “Numbers” fame)
The 2014 American Film Mart was a very interesting and eye-opening education on some of the inner-workings of Hollywood. Gambit Films’ Bradley Joshua attended the market, representing Gambit Films in fascinating conference sessions on Financing, Production and Distribution, with Industry professionals like Brett Ratner (Director of Hercules, The Rush Hour trilogy and many others) and Mark Gill (President of Millennium Films). Attending AFM has helped Bradley forge valuable new relationships which has expanded Gambit’s global network of Industry Partners. AFM was an overall brilliant experience and we look forward to returning in 2015!
Gambit Films Producer, Benjamin Overmeyer, attended The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in Hong Kong this past November. He formed part of the South African Indies delegation, Celebrating 20 years of documentary freedom. The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is a member-driven organisation formed by science and factual producers and broadcasters from around the world. Members gather for the annual conference in a different country each year. The organisation is administered by the board of directors of a UK-based, non-profit company (WCSFP Ltd), together with an elected Editorial Committee, who share responsibility for the management of the annual event. The nature of the congress is not an aggressive competitive pitching environment such as can be found at other markets/festivals. Rather it is a closed (no media) tight knit community in which relationships can be forged and current trends reviewed and future requirements tabled. With only 450 members, the ability to get close to commissioners / broadcasters / executives from around the world gives the WCSFP a unique position. Gambit Films was able to present its slate of factual content in development during the Congress which, was met with great enthusiasm. We looking forward to bringing you updates on these projects as soon as we are able to.
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…
Due to the incredible reception of ‘Nommer 37’ – Gambit’s latest short film – at the 2014 Silwerskerm Festival, we are pleased to announce that the project has officially been picked up for feature development. At the festival, scribe Daryne Joshua claimed the award for Best Script while co-directors Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa took home the award for Best Directors. The feature film is slated to go into production as early as April next year with a release date late in 2015. We look forward to bringing you updates on this exciting development!
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is a member-run, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to celebrating the best in science and history programs and all other related genres and programming. The WCSFP is the place where the science, history and content-rich factual media community gathers to share, explore and reveal how science and history are communicated to the world. Gambit’s Benjamin Overmeyer will join a delegation of South African producers under the banner of the Association for Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) in attending the WCSFP in Hong Kong from the 18th to the 21st of November this year. Attending this exciting platform from which to kickstart some of Gambit’s original content, we wish him all the best! Stay tuned as we bring you updates on related exciting developments.
Gambit Films recently worked with South Side Productions and veteran Director Jan Engelen on the production of the latest season of the SABC 2 Educational youth series HOW DO THEY DO THAT? The show, which travels around the country posing interest questions about the origins of everyday household items, was fantastic to shoot and working with Jan, as the Director and the rising local star, Andrea Frankson as the Cape Town presenter made for a fun experience! Stay tuned as we bring you updates on when the series begins broadcasting on the SABC.
Photo: Gambit’s Nosipho Dumisa (Left), Daryne Joshua (2nd from left) and Bradley Joshua (Right) are pictured with Karen Meiring (Head of Kyknet Channel for DSTV).
On Saturday, 30 August 2014, the winners of the 2014 Silwerskerm Fees were announced during the 4th annual Silwerskerm Fees Awards Ceremony at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay. Gambit Films’ cape-flats set crime thriller, ‘NOMMER 37’ led the nominations in the Short Film category with 5 nominations – one in every major category including Best Film, Best Directors (Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa), Best Script (Daryne Joshua), Best Lead Actor (Irshaad Ally) and Best Lead Actress (Shamilla Miller). ‘NOMMER 37’ took home the awards for Best Script and Best Directors. Congratulations to Daryne Joshua, Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa for the respective wins. Gambit is incredibly proud of the fantastic crew and cast that made the film possible and we look forward to sharing the film with more audiences internationally.