South African film ‘Felix’ wins two more Awards


Felix, the South African youth and family film, written by Shirley Johnston and directed by Roberta Durrant, wins two further awards: Best Feature Script at the WGSA Muse Awards, and the Audience Award at Tumbleweeds Film Festival, in partnership with the Sundance Film Festival. This brings the number of awards to 9 awards in total, both locally and internationally, since being on the festival circuit from October last year.

Shirley Johnston accepted the Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) Muse Award for Best Feature Script for her screenplay, Felix, on Saturday 15 March 2014. The inaugural WGSA Muse Awards celebrated the best performance writers in South Africa for their film, television and stage scripts at an event at the Barnyard Theatre in Cresta Johannesburg.

According to Screen Africa, (, writers responded to a call for entries into the six categories in the last quarter of 2013. Both local and international judges evaluated the submissions and thewinners in five categories were announced at the event.

Felix won the Audience Award at the Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth. The 4th annual Tumbleweeds took place from March 14 to 16, 2014 in Salt Lake City, USA. Tumbleweeds is presented by the Utah Film Center and is in partnership with the Sundance Film Festival.

Felix tells the story of 14-year-old Felix Xaba (Hlayani Junior Mabasa) who dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe (Linda Sokhulu) thinks jazz is the devil’s music.

When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship for grade eight at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band (Royston Stoffels and Thapelo Mofokeng) to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

Felix is produced by Penguin films for Sabido Productions.

Source: nfvf, 24 March 2014.