Rustenburg Film Festival

For nominations in 2021

2021 NOMINEES ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Rustenburg Film Festival announces nominees

A judicial panel comprised of 7 members from across 3 countries set through 55 films from 16 countries, mission; rate the films to determine the nominees. And that they did. “A big thank you to each one of the Jury members for the sterling work done in recognizing the creators, creatives, tech guys, filmmakers and cast for their hard work and talent”, said Rustenburg Film Festival’s First ever Jury Chairperson, Molatelo Mainetje-Bossman. The Festival received 455 film entries, selected 55, the jury had to further tighten that list to determine which films were worthy of award(s).

“It is clear to see that there’s intense film activity in Spain, filmmakers in Spain are busy and the production quality is really adorable. I wish we as a country could do a case study and figure out what is inducing that activity” said Mr. B, the Festival Executive Consultant leading the Festival’s turnaround strategy. His sentiments on Spain will be supported by many, there’s been amazing Spanish series populating Netflix, vis; La Casa De Papel (Money Heist), Vis a Vis (Locked Up), Who Killed Sara, Unstoppable, etc,…

 

“We had from very high quality and high production value doccies like Enver Samuel’s Murder In Paris and Catherine & Richard’s Dying For Gold, Marcos’ The Eyes of the Land, André’s The Diagnosis – COVID-19  through to interesting hustlers like Motlalepule’s Coal For Living and Tumelo’s Mission 99. Unfortunately, we had to put 3 on nominations” Says the elated Festival Director, Kea Malao. The Festival did not receive any Feature Film submissions from South Africa for reasons to be yet investigated but the bonus was the great films submitted from Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon. South African filmmakers were pretty active in the short film category with a whopping 30% of selected films from South Africa.

 

This year’s main focus is TV Movies and the category was ring-fenced for South African productions. Festival Director, Kea Malao believes TV Movies are the best way of really growing our industry at a much more rapid pace. “If we can really put attention as much attention as we put on Feature Films to TV Movies, we can grow our industry both in quality and production throughput. Think about it, Ekasi Stories, Mzansi Magic’s Lokshin Bioskop, the TV Movies cost on average R400,000, how many have been commissioned to date? One good feature film in SA can cost anything from R5m, that’s over 10 TV Movies” argues the Festival Director. If we go by what Kea Malao is saying, generally 1 theatrical feature film budget could give us 10 TV Movies. This is indeed not to suggest discouraging feature film productions but maybe to relook into funding models and possibly cap categories. Organisations like the NFVF, currently don’t have a specific fund for TV Movies, could consider opening up TV Movies as a category, just like they have a clear focus on feature films, short films & documentaries. “For me, TV Movies sit right there in between Feature Films and Short Films, I get the reluctance on TV Movies could be that most of them are broadcaster commissioned but that is how we keep filmmakers entrapped in the web of some broadcasters who understandably so, keep IP. If indeed we could fund TV Movies, filmmakers can independently produce the films and then get into ‘non-exclusive’ license deals with broadcasters and V.O.D. That way independent filmmakers get to keep their IP”, adds Mr. B.

 

To that effect, Rustenburg Film Festival wants to position itself as the first Film Festival in South Africa (and possibly in the world) to place emphasis on TV Movies. The Festival Executives have a very simple stance, TV Movies are cheaper to make, have a quicker production span and stories are usually easy to obtain and develop from communities. Indeed the quality levels of TV Movies is nowhere near top feature films but they will get there – eventually.

 

Besides the Best TV Movie nomination, the Festival will be giving performance awards specific to the category. Canon South Africa has also been confirmed as a workshop facilitator specifically to share ways of improving production quality of independent films. Movies such as “One Time Pin, The Abductor, Find Me By The River, Phineas o iketsetsa fela and The girl I love the most” are expected to bedazzle audiences, however, only 3 of these are competing for the ultimate BEST TV MOVIE award.

 

Here is the full list of nominees;

 

Documentaries
 
  Project Title Country of Origin Director(s) Nominated WINNER
2 The Diagnosis: COVID‐19 Portugal André Carvalho Ramos Best International Documentary TBA 13/11
4 Murder in Paris South Africa Enver Samuel Best Documentary TBA 13/11
5 Dying For Gold South Africa Catherine Meyburgh, Richard Pakleppa Best Documentary TBA 13/11
6 Coal for living South Africa Motlalepule Papi Mofokeng Best Documentary TBA 13/11
9 Before I Die Spain Iker Esteibarlanda Best International Documentary TBA 13/11
10 Raicés Perdidas Spain Eymard Uberetagoena Oyarzabal Best International Documentary TBA 13/11
11 Woman Spain Raúl de la Fuente Calle Best International Documentary TBA 13/11
Feature Films
 
  Project Title Country of Origin Director(s) Nominated WINNER
13 Hidden Dreams Cameroon Ngang Romanus – Best International Feature Film
– Best Director in a Feature Film
– Best Screenplay in a Feature Film
– Best Picture
TBA 13/11
14 Heroes Of Africa Ghana Frank Gharbin – Best International Feature Film
– Best Director in a Feature Film
– Best Screenplay in a Feature Film
– Best Picture
TBA 13/11
15 Bangarang Kenya Robin Odongo – Best International Feature Film
– Best Director in a Feature Film
– Best Screenplay in a Feature Film
– Best Picture
TBA 13/11
16 Non‐living (La desvida) Spain Agustín Rubio Alcover – Best International Feature Film
– Best Director in a Feature Film
– Best Screenplay in a Feature Film
– Best Picture
TBA 13/11
Short Films
 
  Project Title Country of Origin Director(s) Nominated WINNER
26 The Shack South Africa Tebogo Chologi Best Short Film TBA 13/11
28 Lucille South Africa Rebaone Lobelo Best Short Film TBA 13/11
30 I Am Here South Africa Nathan Rice Best Short Film TBA 13/11
32 Thavhazimbi South Africa Tshego Monaisa Best Short Film TBA 13/11
Short Films cont…
 
  Project Title Country of Origin Director(s) Nominated WINNER
18 The water spring Argentina Carlos Ignacio Trioni Bellone Best International Short Film TBA 13/11
39 Safe Home Spain José Manuel Val Best International Short Film TBA 13/11
40 Imabelle Spain Richard Holmes Best International Short Film TBA 13/11
41 Dona Spain Marga Melià Best International Short Film TBA 13/11
44 Dana Spain Lucía Forner Segarra Best International Short Film TBA 13/11
48 Feeling Through USA Doug Roland Best International Short Film TBA 13/11
TV Movies
 
  Project Title Country of Origin Director(s) Nominated WINNER
51 One Time Pin South Africa Siyabonga Godfrey Dlamini Best TV Movie TBA 13/11
54 Phineas o iketsetsa fela South Africa Ditebogo Gaowelwe Best TV Movie TBA 13/11
55 The girl I love the most South Africa Tsakisi Ndou Best TV Movie TBA 13/11
 

 

 

 

Performance Nominations (TV Movies)
 
  Name Character Name In Project Nominated WINNER
1 Sthandiwe Shabangu Detective Shabalala The Abductor Best Actress in a TV Movie
2 Nothando Ngcobo Pretty One Time Pin Best Actress in a TV Movie
3 Zintle Muttise Mbali Phineas o iketsetsa fela Best Actress in a TV Movie
4 S’bongile Phaakathi Sibongile The Girl I Love The Most Best Actress in a TV Movie
5 Bhekani Shabalala Fani One Time Pin Best Actor in a TV Movie
6 Moses Makawa Phineas Phineas o iketsetsa fela Best Actor in a TV Movie
7 Dexter Mwanya Dexter The Girl I Love The Most Best Actor in a TV Movie
8 Thabani Gwala Bongani The Abductor Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie
9 Abdul Khoza Nkonzo One Time Pin Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie
10 Tsimishi Mojela James The Girl I Love The Most Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie
11 Tumi Moloi Nokuthula The Girl I Love The Most Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie
12 Boitumelo Kasane Lelo Phineas o iketsetsa fela Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie
13 Marietje Bothma Bosslady The Abductor Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie

 

People willing to attend the festival and enjoy these films are welcome to apply for accreditation to attend online; https://rustenburgfilm.co.za/application-for-accreditation/ *Closing Date: 15 October, 2021

 

Practicing filmmakers who want to improve their production expertise can also apply to be enrolled into this year’s very limited Filmmaking Masterclass online; https://rustenburgfilm.co.za/masterclass_applications/ *Closing Date: 22 October, 2021

 

 

For more information contact;

Millicent Makhado, Assistant PR Manager: Rustenburg Film Festival

millicent@rustenburgfilm.co.za

+27 76 948 2145

 

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