2017 Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards nominees announced

The Kwazulu Natal Film Commission last night announced the nominees for the 2017 instalment of the Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Film and Television Awards. The event, attended by the ‘who’s who’ of the film and television industries, stakeholders including government officials and media was held at a special dinner at Musgrave Exhibition Centre in Durban.

Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Film and Television Awards are an initiative of the Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and are endorsed by the Sabela Family. The Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Film and Television Awards are scheduled to take place in July during the Durban International Film Festival.

Topping the list of nominees is Isibaya with nine (9) nominees, followed by Uzalo with eight nominations. The highly contested categories; Best Actor and Best Actress – TV, saw big giants Siyabonga Twala and Menzi Ngubane competing against rising stars Kay Sibiya, Nay Maps, Sifiso Simamdue and Sdumo Mathe; while Cebile Mlaba, Nomzamo Mbatha, Leleti Khumalo, Dawn Thandeka King, and Thembi Nyandeni contest the Best Actress category.

In recognition of films showcasing KZN as the best location, the nominees for Best use of KZN location are Trust No one, Imbali ka Baba, Inkinga Isibongo; while films that proudly highlight Zulu in their production are Buchitheke bugayiwe, This Love, Ebuhleni  Nasebubini are nominated for Best isiZulu.

The awards also honour and celebrate the province’s biggest film and television contributors through its Lifetime Achievement Award category. The recipient of this award will be revealed on the night of the awards.

The Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Film and Television Awards, now in its 5th year, have grown from 5 categories to 21 categories and are aimed at celebrating the craft of television and film making and have since 2013 celebrated heroes, legends and veterans who have made a mark in the industry.  The awards also encourage Production companies, accredited Film schools, Film Association and other Film bodies to participate.

The awards have been scheduled to take place on the 15th of July 2017 at the Durban Convention Centre, where all the winners will be revealed. 23 awards will be handed out to winners who were carefully selected through an extensive adjudication process.

Full List of the Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Awards Nominees

Best Emerging Director
1. Kundai Vera  – Stranger Danger
2. Jabu Dlamin  – This Love
3. Sphamandla Mngoma – Prince

Best Actress – TV
1. Cebile Mlaba – Alliance
2. Nomzamo Mbatha – Isibaya
3. Leleti Khumalo – Uzalo
4. Dawn Thandeka King – Uzalo
5. Thembi Nyandeni      Isibaya

Best Actor – TV
1. Siyabonga Twala – Isibaya
2. Kay Sibiya – Uzalo
3. Nay Maps     – Uzalo
4. Sifiso Simamdue – Alliance
5. Menzi Ngubane – Isibaya
6. Sdumo Mathe – Isibaya

Best Supporting Actress – TV
1. Gugu Gumede – Uzalo
2. Gugu Zulu    – Alliance
3. Gcina Mkhize – Isibaya
4. Sihle Ndaba – Uzalo

Best Supporting Actor – TV
1. Abdul Khoza – Isibaya
2. Ntokozo Dlamini – Uzalo
3. Ashish Gangerpersad – Alliance
4 Andile Mxakaza – Isibaya

Best Newcomer
1. Londeka Mlaba – Uzalo
2. Linda Mtoba – Isibaya

Best Student Film
1. Amandiya
2. Stray
3. Affirmation in Smoke
4. Renaissance

Best Documentary
1. The Scar of Seven Day War
2. Durban Beach Rescue
3. Doc-u-mentally
4. Masihambisane

Best use of KZN location
1. Trust No one
2. Imbali ka Baba
3. Inkinga Isibongo

Best IsiZulu
1. Buchitheke Bugayiwe
2. This Love
3. Ebuhleni Nasebubini

Best Screenplay
1. This Love
2. Umfelokazi
3. Imbali ka Baba
4. Ebuhleni Nasebubini
5. Buchitheke Bugayiwe

Best Microbudget
1. Mashaya
2. Ikhaya Lami
3. Stranger Danger

Best Feature
1. Happiness is a Four-letter Word
2. Shepherds and Butchers

Best Newcomer Actress ( Film)
1. Ayanda Mngoma – Imbali ka Baba
2. Zikhona Mkhize – Izwi lofileyo
3. Thando Ngcobo – The swallow falls on
4. Xolile Gumede        – Ebuhleni Nase bubhini

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