South African production wins Best Narrative Short film at the Tribeca Film Festival


The National Film and Video Foundation is proud to announce that Bhekumuzi Sibiya’s Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here has scooped the Best Narrative Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film was one of the Indigenous Language short film contest winners funded by the NFVF and is written by Bongi Ndaba & Sibongile Nkosana, produced by Jeremy Nathan & Michelle Wheatley of DV8, and directed by Bhekumuzi Sgweje Sibiya.

The first annual Tribeca Film Festival was launched in 2002 with the objective of enabling the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.

“Father Christmas Doesn't Come Here” tells the story of a young, black girl with low self esteem who writes a letter to Father Christmas asking for long, straight hair for Christmas. Her dream is almost ruined by a cynical man who tells her Father Christmas doesn't exist. This makes her resort to extremes to achieve her goal. With the help of her grandmother she recovers from the ordeal of not knowing how to love herself; she also learns that being beautiful isn’t about what you look like but about being yourself.

The film also won the Tri-Contintental Film Festival late last year and was included in the South African Line-Up event at Cannes this year.
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