DIFF award winners for 2017

28 July 2017


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The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners on Saturday 22 July 2017 at the 38th DIFF Awards ceremony which took place at the Playhouse.

The Minister in the Presidency, Honourable Minister Jeff Radebe, Deputy Mayor of eThekwini Councillor Fawzia Peer and Dr Mbongeni Ngema were among some of the VIPs who attended the prestigious event.

The award for the Best Feature Film went to A Fathers Will; while the award for Best South African Feature Film went to Vaya directed by Akin Omotoso.

The Best Director for a South African Film went to John Trentgrove The Wound.

The Best South African Documentary award was taken by Strike A Rock, directed by Aliki Saragas which the jury described as a powerful documentary that reflects the context of the current South African society; while the Best International Documentary went to Dusk Chorus directed by Nika aravanja and Alessandro DEmilia.

The Best Actor went to first time Actor and musician, Nakhane Tour (The Wound) and the Best actress was taken by Mariam Al Ferjani (Beauty and the Dogs)

The Best Screenplay was taken by La Soledad directed Jorge Thielen Armand whose screenplay is by Rodrigo Michelangeli. La Soledad also won the award for Best Editing which is back for the second consecutive year.

The award for Best International Short went to Witnesses and the Best African Short was taken by All of Us, with the Hangman directed by Zwelethu Radebe, winning the Best South African Short award.

The award for Best Direction in the international competition, went to A Fathers Will (Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu.) Also added on their list of wins for the night was the award for Best Cinematography (Akjol Bekbolotov).

The award for Artistic Bravery was given to Liyana directed by Amanda and Aaron Kopp. The film has enjoyed excellent reviews throughout the festival and before its DIFF premier, scooped an award in Los Angeles.

The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award for the film that best reflects human rights issues which comes with a cash prize of R10 000 donated by the Amnesty International went to Strike a Rock and Mama Colonel. A first in the prizes history where there has been a joint win.

The African Critic Award was won by Serpent which also opened DIFF this year, for being innovative and original in introducing a new cinematography into African film industry. The winner is granted visibility through recognition and reviews and interviews on Africine website which is the largest database on African film.

We also value bold women and young filmmakers who are willing to take the African cinema to another level. With Serpent, Amanda Evans shows a new filmmaking is possible, said the jury.

All the awards carry a substantial cash prize courtesy of various sponsors and partners.

The international jury this year was made up of six jurors: Carolyn Carew, who is an award winning producer of world-class television and multimedia concepts with a career spanning over twenty five years; David Max Brown, who heads up the Film School of AFDA; Thandi Brewer who is also an award-winning writer, director, script editor and facilitator; Phillipe Lacoste a producer and director with excellent industry credentials whose first feature film Run, won the Jerusalem Film Lab Award and was presented at the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival; Etienne Fourie whom has directed numerous short films and music videos. Etienne is also the co-founder of Figure One Films and Michel Zongo a director, cameraman and scriptwriter from Bukina Faso. He has written and directed his own documentaries such as Sibi, Lame Du Violon and Ti-Tiimou. His latest film, The Siren of Faso Fani, screened at FESPACO and DIFF in 2015.

The South African jury was made up of Thandie Brewer and Khalo Matabane; while Documentary jury had Neil Brandt, Meganthrie Pillay and Roy Zetisky.

The Amnesty jury was made up of Mark Powell, Margaret Daymond, Nonhlanhla Mkhize and Betty Rawheath.

The African Critic jury had Espera G. Donouvossi, Essam Zakarea and Edwin Micheni; while the Shorts jury was made up of Rumbi Katedza and Dylan Wilson.