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GAMBIT LAUNCHES MZANZI MAMELA!

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!!!

UPDATE: World Congress of Science and Factual Producers 2014 (WCSFP)


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.

2015: The Year of 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…

BREAKING: ‘Nommer 37’ Picked Up For Feature Film Development!

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!

Gambit to attend the WCSFP!


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.

‘NOMMER 37’ Premiering August 29 at the SilwerSkermFees 2014!


Entrapped in his apartment, a recent paraplegic in financial debt to a sadistic loan shark, initiates a dangerous blackmail scheme when he witnesses a powerful gangster commit murder while observing his neighbours through binoculars.

Kyknet in Association with Gambit Films Presents Irshaad Ally Shamilla Miller ‘NOMMER 37’ Luke Jansen Riaz Stoker with Hein De Vries and Christian Bennett Music By James Matthes & Daniel Caleb Sound Design By Gustav Stutterheim Edited By Simon Beesley Make-Up By Saddeeqa Martin & Sade Barrows Wardrobe By Cassandra Rowland & Klarese Nel Art Direction By Donnie Conradie Director of Photography Zenn Van Zyl Written By Daryne Joshua, Nosipho Dumisa & Travis Taute Produced By Benjamin J. Overmeyer Directed By Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa

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!

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!

Coming Soon: Herbex ‘Bianca’s Story’ TVC


In May 2014, Gambit Films produced the latest Herbex Health Commercial which, told the story of Bianca Fouche and her jaw-dropping weight loss while using the incredible product. The commercial, directed by Gambit’s Nosipho Dumisa is scheduled to flight on South African airwaves later this year. Stay tuned!

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!

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