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‘Nommer 37’ Selected for Les Nuits En Or 2016


Over the last 2 years, Nommer 37 has racked up numerous awards, including Best Directors (Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa) and Best Script (Daryne Joshua) at the 2014 Silverskerm Film Festival; a staggering 7 awards at the Independent Mzanzi Short Film Festival, including Best Directors and Best Film; and most recently, the short film achieved the highest South African accolade in the form of the 2016 SAFTA for Best Short Film. Now, the incredible journey continues…

Nommer 37 has recently been selected to participate in the 6th edition of the PANORAMA DES NUITS EN OR (also referred to as ‘Golden Nights 2016’), organized by the Académie des César (the National French Academy of Cinema). From the 27th of May until the 15th of June, the PANORAMA presents all the short films that have been rewarded by their National Academy of Cinema during the year (Oscar, BAFTA, SAFTA, etc.), in 9 European capitals and in Montreal during a special event co-organized in each city by the Académie des César and the National Academy of Cinema. It is an extraordinary journey around the world of Cinema, enabling the discovery of different cultures and tomorrow’s filmmakers, shedding light on the diversity of worldwide films. This year, Directors Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa have been invited to participate on an 11-day Tour of Athens, Rome and Paris, with the tour culminating at the Nuits en Or Gala Dinner to be held at UNESCO on the 13th June.

This extraordinary achievement is a fitting bookend to the short film’s success and comes weeks before the feature film version of Nommer 37, based on the same concept, directed by Gambit Films’ Nosipho Dumisa and produced by Gambit Films and Kalahari Film and Media, heads into production in July 2016.




Congratulations to the entire Cast & Crew of ‘Suidooster.’ We’ve recently completed filming our 100th episode! The fact that we’ve gotten this far in such a short space of time is testament to the fantastic family of crew and cast that we’ve built over the last year! Catch ‘Suidooster’ Mondays to Wednesdays on Kyknet and Kyknet&Kie, Channel 145, 146 respectively on DSTV @6PM and the omnibus on Sundays from 3PM.



In March 2016, Gambit Films learnt ‘Nommer 37,’ their award-winning short film was nominated for Best Short Film at the 10th annual South African Film and Television Awards. Directors Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa were present at the ceremony where it was announced that the film had won the highest South African accolade for a short film! We are s0 incredibly proud of the entire team involved in making this film and the amazing award it continues to pick up. Stay tuned as we bring more excited updates on this incredible journey…



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…

Are you up-to-date with #Suidooster?


Catch the Omnibus of Kyknet’s Suidooster soapie, Sundays at 14:00 on Kyknet and Kyknet&Kie. Don’t miss it. You’ll hate yourself.


Gambit captures the ultimate G.H. Mumm Experience…

Gambit Films is proud to have captured this awesome project for Empire Experiential.
‘The official champagne of Formula 1, persistent on its journey of celebrating firsts, introduces its first collection dedicated to the night. Capturing the spirit of celebration and prestigious moments around the country, Empire Experiential Marketing had the privilege of showcasing the distinctive taste and glistening bottles of the N°1 range’.
An exclusive launch to No.1 Night Edition, produced by Gambit Films.

Soaring To New Heights in 2016!


TheFinalCutWe 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.


On the 5th of July, IMSFF celebrated the talents of passionate short filmmakers in South Africa. There was a great turnout throughout the festival and guests braced the cold winter air in the cosy Asbos Teater. Gambit’s short film ‘Nommer 37’ walked away with more than a handful of trophies including best short film and the VIDI choice award which was handed over by VIDI marketing manager Taryn Uhlmann.

Here is a list of all the winners:
• Best Animated Short Film – Burgeon [The Animation School – Produced & Directed by: Frankie Scholtz & M.W. Guldenpfennig]
• Best Makeup & Hairstyling – Sade Barrows & Sadeeqa Martin [Nommer 37]
• Best Costume Design – André Pretorius [Operasie E.N.G.E.L.]
• Best Sound Editing & Mixing – Gareth Wharton [Recovery]
• Best Editing of a Short Film – Simon Beesley [Nommer 37]
• Best Production Design – André Pretorius [Operasie E.N.G.E.L.]
• Best Use of Music – Riaan Smit [Lina and Leo]
• Best Original Score – Celeste Monteith [Die Laaste Ure]
• Best Documentary Short Subject – The Pixie Lowe Story [St Stithians College – Produced & Directed by: Cameron Scott, Robert Fields & Felipe Kirsten]
• Best Student Short Film – Happy Earth Co. [AFDA – Produced & Directed by: Henrik Tjore & Hylton Jandrell]
• Best Cinematography – Jacques Brand [Die Laaste Ure]
• Best Original Screenplay – Daryne Joshua, Nosipho Dumisa & Travis Taute [Nommer 37]
• Best Actress in a Short Film – Shamilla Miller [Nommer 37]
• Best Actor in a Short Film – Daniel Buys [Honesty Pays]
• Best Director of a Short Film – Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa [Nommer 37]
• Best International Short Film – The Gunfighter [Six Shooter Films – Produced & Directed by: Sarah Platt & Eric Kissack]
• Best Short Film – Nommer 37 [Gambit Films – Produced & Directed by: Benjamin Overmeyer, Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa]
• VIDI Choice Award – Nommer 37 [Gambit Films – Produced & Directed by: Benjamin Overmeyer, Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa]

Congratulations to all involved on this fantastic achievement!!!!


Cape Town – M-Net’s Afrikaans Channel, kykNET, will launch a brand new soap opera on Monday, 16 November. Suidooster is the first soapie to be set in the Western Cape and screened on kykNET & kie (DStv Channel 145).

Over the past few years, M-Net has steadily increased its investment in local content and now produces programming in multiple languages for viewers across the continent.
These world-class home-grown shows are available on a variety M-Net channels, exclusively for DStv customers.

The exciting new Suidooster will bring together the talents of top South African stars while also giving local cast and crew a valuable platform to showcase their abilities. It’s anticipated that the new series will contribute to creating more employment opportunities in the television and entertainment industry in South Africa.

Speaking on the development of Suidooster, M-Net Director for Afrikaans Channels Karen Meiring says: “Binnelanders and Villa Rosa, our two popular kykNET soaps, were set in Gauteng – it’s time we expand our production footprint nationally. Suidooster allows us to do this, while still delivering a compelling story for our viewers. Even though the show calls the Western Cape home, its storylines are universal – we look forward to sharing this story with Afrikaans viewers throughout South Africa.”

Suidooster will be produced for kykNET by Gambit Films.

Gambit has proven itself a force to be reckoned with thanks to a tried and tested skill for scripting and shooting within the drama genre. Their short film Number 37 received critical acclaim at the kykNET Silwerskermfees and they were also instrumental in producing the 20 Ons Stories films that aired on kykNET & kie in 2014.

“It is a tremendous honour to be tasked with creating a brand new soapie for kykNET and is a great acknowledgement that our hard work is paying off. Over recent years M-Net has played an integral part in our development journey by affording us valuable opportunities to showcase our work,” says Gambit Director Travis Taute. “All those steps have been leading to this moment, and we’re determined to deliver on the confidence that M-Net has placed in us. We’re focussed on ensuring that Suidooster becomes must-watch Afrikaans TV entertainment.”

Meiring also thanked Homebrew Films for their role in mentoring the team at Gambit: “M-Net is delighted that this partnership – which we actively supported, encouraged and nurtured for several years – has led to the birth of a series that’s expected to become a highlight on our schedule. We are passionate about developing capacity in the industry and the kykNET Silwerskermfees has been instrumental in achieving this.”

DStv customers can watch Suidooster every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 16 November in the primetime 20:00 timeslot on kykNET & Kie (DStv channel 145). KykNET & kie is available on the DStv Family package and upwards.

Gambit’s Daryne Joshua debuts with NOEM MY SKOLLIE!

Congratulations to Gambit’s Daryne Joshua who just completed principal photography on his debut feature film, NOEM MY SKOLLIE. The film, set entirely on the Cape Flats, and based on the life story of John Fredericks; will be hitting cinemas in 2016. Stay tuned as we bring you exciting updates on this incredible film!

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