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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.




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…


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.

‘NOMMER 37’ Leads Nominations at IMSFF 2015!

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!


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!


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!!!

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