Three films produced by South Africa’s leading film production company, Videovision Entertainment received four Golden Horn Awards at the inaugural South African Film And Television Awards, while the company’s CEO, Anant Singh received the Outstanding Contributor Award for his contribution to the South African Film And Television Industry over the last twenty years. The awards ceremony was held at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on Saturday, 28 October.
The stylish Cape Flats gangster film, Dollars And White Pipes won two Golden Horn Awards – Best Feature Film Director and Best Screenplay for Donovan Marsh who made his feature directorial debut with the film. The talented Marsh also edited the film.
The gripping courtroom suspense drama, Red Dust, based on the Truth And Reconciliation Commission received the Best Editing Award for Avril Beukes. The film star Oscars Winner, Hilary Swank, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things) and Jamie Bartlett (Beyond Borders) as well as veteran Marius Weyers.
Faith’s Corner, directed by Darrell James Roodt (the Oscar Nominated Yesterday) and which stars Leleti Khumalo (Yesterday, Hotel Rwanada) won the Best Sound Designer prize for the work of Jeremy Saacks. The film features an outstanding score by multi award-winning composer, Philip Glass.
Anant Singh was awarded the Outstanding Contributor prize for his outstanding contribution to South African Film and Television both locally and internationally. In awarding the prize to Singh, the Chief Executive of the National Film And Video Foundation Of South Africa, Eddie Mbalo said, “Over the course of more than two decades in the film industry, Singh has done an incredible amount to promote South African film internationally, and has had several breakthrough productions which have put South African filmmaking on the global map. Singh’s incredible track record includes the films A Place Of Weeping, The Stick, Sarafina, Cry, The Beloved Country, the Oscar-nominated Yesterday and Faith’s Corner. As a distributor too, Singh has ensured that South African audiences have had access to a wide range of socially progressive films, and has also introduced South Africans to a large number of great international directors.”