Gambit Films is proud to be leading the nominations at the Independent Mzanzi Short Film Festival 2015; with a staggering 10 nominations for the short film, Nommer 37. The nominations include: Best Film: Producer: Benjamin Overmeyer; Best Director: Travis Taute & Nosipho Dumisa; Best Original Screenplay: Daryne Joshua, Nosipho Dumisa & Travis Taute; Best Actor: Irshaad Ally; Best Actress: Shamilla Miller; Best Original Score: James Matthes & Daniel Caleb; Best Cinematography: Zenn Van Zyl; Best Editing: Simon Beesley; Best Make-Up & Styling: Sade Burrows & Sideeqa Martin; and finally the VIDA CHOICE Award. Congratulations to the entire team on an incredible feat!
We’re excited to announce that Gambit Films will once again be competing in the 2015 Kyknet Silwerskerm Festival! Hot on the heels of last year’s success story, Gambit will be producing KLEINGELD, a romantic comedy set entirely around a declining petrol service station. The film, which serves as the directorial debut of D.O.P. Zenn Van Zyl, will premiere at The Table Bay Hotel in Camps Bay in August 2015. We couldn’t be more elated for Zenn, who D.O.P.’d the award-winning short, NOMMER 37 for the festival last year, and recently wrapped filming on the crime feature film, NOEM MY SKOLLIE. Stay tuned as we bring you exciting updates on the project!
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.
From the 21st-23rd of February, Gambit films produced a TV pilot for a youth drama series called, Danz! for local broadcaster Kyknet on DSTV. The coming-of-age series follows a young boy from the wrong side of the tracks, who finds a home within a dance school as he struggles to escape his haunting past. Directed by veteran Jan Engelen, we look forward to bringing you more updates on this exciting production as the series heads further into development…
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!