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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.



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!!!!

‘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!

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!

‘Nommer 37’ Teaser Trailer

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


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!


Believing that the young talents of today will be the big names of cinema in the future, the Festival de Cannes created “Cannes Short Film” in 2011.

At Cannes, short films are represented at the Competition, at the end of which the short films Jury awards a Palme d’or, and at the Short Film Corner, a professional area for meeting people, exchanging ideas and promoting films.

“Cannes Court Métrage” brings these two entities together in a complementary dynamic in an attempt to offer an all-encompassing panorama of the young production worldwide, as well as to stimulate the creativity of short film professionals by bringing them together at workshops and conferences in an area set aside for this purpose at the Palais des Festivals.

Gambit Films is proud to announce that the short film, ‘The Briefcase’ Written and Directed By Gambit duo Travis Taute and Daryne Joshua, has been selected for the Cannes International Film Festival 2014 Short’s Corner. If you would like to meet us at the festival regarding the short, please do not hesitate to contact Daryne Joshua, Travis Taute or Bradley Joshua. We’ll see you all there!


In early October, Gambit Films was invited to participate in the 4th edition of the Shnit RealTime Competition at the Shnit International Short Film Festival 2013. Competing against 2 other filmmakers, each team has 72 hours to take a short film from script to screen. At the closing night on the 6th of October, the films premiere to an audience, who then vote for the winning film. We’re super happy to announce that Gambit Film’s short film, THE BRIEFCASE, took home the honours of best RealTime Film, 2013. Congrats to an amazing crew and cast!!


In August 2013, Gambit Films was commissioned to shoot the Welcome Video for the 59th Annual Commonwealth Conference for Parliament, which was hosted in Sandton, Johannesburg. Through this privilege, Gambit Films became the first film crew in the history of our nation to set foot on the floor and film in the National Assembly Auditorium. It was a great honor to capture the essence of the South African parliament where our unique history was established and an experience none of the crew will forget anytime soon!

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