Shalom Manguni and Latwell Nyangu
ZIMBABWEAN teenager Tapiwa Gambura won the top prize at the Jozi Film Festival in Johannesburg on Sunday to pocket a cool $2500 as voted by the public at the event.
The 17-year-old was all smiles at the conclusion of the 8th annual Jozi Film Festival held at three different venues between October 3 and 6.
Tapiwa came tops winning the JFF and Discovery Network’s “Real Stories By Real People” award for her short documentary about a Zimbabwean woman who is a bus conductor.
Handing over the award was South Africa’s RealTime ambassador and Metro FM talk show host, Relebogile Mabotja.
In second and third places were Beyond Gender by Samuel Erhahon (Nigeria) and Fish On Fire by Peter Okojie (Nigeria).
Twenty films were shortlisted in this category and all will be broadcast on RealTime channel this month.
They can also be viewed on the JFF website.
Sean Steinberg made Jozi Film Festival history by walking away with three awards, for Best South African Short Fiction Film for Axis Mundi (co-directed with Matthew Jankes) and Best South African Feature Film, (S)he. He also took home Best Director.
Tapiwa took home a cheque for $2 500 as the winner of JFF and Discovery Network’s “Real Stories by Real People” award.
Her short documentary about a Zimbabwean woman who is a bus conductor garnered the most public votes.
Below is the list of 2019 winners:
Best SA Feature Film 2019
(S)he – Sean Steinberg
Best Young Director 2019
Mligane Dube (Isidima)
Best Director 2019
Sean Steinberg (Axis Mundi and (S)he)
Best South African Documentary 2019
Someone To Blame – Enver Michael Samuel
Best International Documentary 2019
Nigeria’s Lost Generation – Charlie Luckock (Nigeria)
Best South African Short Documentary 2019
Exorcist of Apartheid – Adam Heyns
Best International Short Documentary
The Briefing – Filip Drzweicki (Poland)
Best South African Short Fiction Film 2019
Axis Mundi – Matthew Jankes and Sean Steinberg
Best International Short Fiction 2019
J Burg – Matthew Gouveia (Canada)
Best Music Video 2019
Mangaliso (Bongiziwe Mabandla) – Warwick Allan
Best South African Student Film 2019
Sunset Exodus – Dylan Brokensha
Tin Soldiers – Odette Schwegler (Best SA Feature Length Documentary)
Shaka’s Mask – Maishe Mosala (SA Short Fiction)
Miracle – Bongi Ndama (SA Short Fiction)
Life’s A Drag – Kate D’Hotman – (SA Short Fiction)
The evening was hosted by John Vlismas and the crowd were entertained by the Mzansi Youth Choir, whose performance was sponsored by RMB.
Jozi Film Festival thanks Chubb, Easy Equities and BASA for their support of the festival.
Her manager Junior Gambura expressed joy over the triumphant.
“This is very exciting and re-affirmation of Tapiwa’s creativity as a young woman who has a passion in bringing out real life stories.
“This comes as her 18th birthday is on October 9 today (Wednesday) and it’s a perfect birthday present for herself and everyone who supported her.
“We are so thankful to all those that took out their time to vote and believe in her dream and to see the investment she will do with her prize money as she is building up her career and portfolio.
“Thank you Zimbabwe and she is actually currently working on other projects which are already lined up and all I can say the future is bright for this young woman,” she said.