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Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards: Winners announced

After going through over 300 entries from the industry, the Simon "Mabhunu" Sabela Film and Television Awards winners were announced on Saturday, 21 July 2018, during the 6th Annual Simon Sabela Film and Television Awards, held at The Playhouse in Durban.

Amongst those in attendance were the representatives from the Brics countries, local and International delegates of the acclaimed Durban International Film Festival and the Durban Film Mart, crème de la crème of the local film and television Industry, officials from other provinces and the general public.

Says CEO Carol Coetzee:
“As the KZN Film Commission, we are truly humbled by how the winners of these awards have transcended over the years and would like to congratulate all the 2018 winners for all their contribution to growing the KZN film industry. If this evening is anything to go by, then I believe the best is yet to come. I would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all our partners for their continued support, especially a reputable brand such as Lux, which demonstrates the recognition of the value of the industry and this event. Once again, congratulations to all the winners! We look forward to another exciting instalment in 2019, with a new addition in our list of categories, namely Nature, Environment and Wildlife which is steadily growing and will be ready to compete next year with great content being produced by our local filmmakers.” 


CategoryName of WinnerName of Production
Best Actor FilmGrant SwanbyBeyond the River
Best Actor TVSdumo MtshaliIsibaya
Best Actress FilmMaeshni NaickerKeeping up with the Kandasamys
Best Actress TVBaby CeleUzalo
Best Director FilmMandla DubeKalushi
Best Director Short FilmNathan RiceFaulty
Best Documentary Feature LengthThe fun’s not over – The James Phillips StoryRogue Production
Best Documentary ShortBehind the MonologueRed Crush and Ukukhanya Development Trust
Best FilmKalushiMandla Dube
Best Newcomer Actor TVSithembiso KhumaloJudge Khambule
Best Newcomer Actress TVLondeka MchunuIsithembiso
Best Short FilmsFaultyUntitled Entertainment
Best Student FilmUmsolwaMinenhle Luthuli (AFDA)
Best Supporting Actor filmMadhushan SinghKeeping up with the Kandasamys
Best Supporting Actor TVSimphiwe MajoziUzalo
Best Supporting Actress FilmPearl ThusiKalushi
Best Supporting Actress TVNokuthula MabikaUzalo
Best Use of KZN as a location filmBeyond the RiverHeartlines and Quizzical Pictures
Best Micro-Budget FilmUvusiKhayaSite Et Sons Media Productions
Best IsiZulu FilmUthando Luyabekezela Inkunzi Emnyama Productions
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