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Friday, May 29, 2015


Deadline: June 11, 2015, at 17h00.

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is calling for nominations for the 3rd Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela awards.

The film awards recognise outstanding achievement and excellence within the South African Film industry, with a special focus on KZN.

The theme for 2014 will be Passing the Baton and Keeping the Fire Burning. Among those who will be honoured at the awards are actors, producers, directors and various film technicians.

The awards are an initiative of the Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs and are implemented by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. Simon Mabhunu Sabela, in whose honour the Film Awards are named, was a legend in both big screen and television. Not only was he South Africa’s first Black film director, he also had a long and successful career which saw him feature in over 34 movies, both nationally and internationally.

The categories for awards are as follows: Best actor; Best actress; Best supporting actor; Best supporting actress; Best newcomer actor/actress Best screenplay; Best director; Best use of KZN as filming location (Best Feature Film); Best IsiZulu Film; Best documentary short; Best documentary feature length; Best micro-budget film; and Best student film. There are also two Lifetime Achievement awards.

The awards will be presented during the awards ceremony which coincides with the Durban International Film Festival on July 19, 2015.

Entry forms and Guidelines are available on the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission website at

Entries are to be delivered to: KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, 1st Floor, Marine Building, 22 Dorothy Nyembe Street, Durban, 4001.

Closing date for all entries is 17h00 on June 11, 2015. For more information contact Valentia Mthembu on 031 325 0200 or email: or Facebook: @Kwa-Zulu Natal Film Commission