SA films win Africa awards

2012-04-24 00:00

SOUTH African film-maker Charlie Vundla won the best director prize and his debut film, the noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million, was named best film at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), held in Lagos on Sunday.

South African actress Terry Pheto was named best supporting actress for her role in the film, which also won the Garreth Fradgely prize for the best achievement in editing.

With four awards, How 2 Steal 2 Million was the most acclaimed film on the night.

Nigeria’s Benin-set historical epic, Adesuwa, was a close second with three awards for costume design, visual effects and best Nigerian film.

South African crime drama Otelo Burning, was rewarded with the prize for best achievement in cinematography, and one of the film’s young stars, Tshepang Mohlomi, was named best child actor.

“The experience of winning these awards has been utterly thrilling,” said Sara Blecher, director of Otelo Burning. “I want to acknowledge the hugely talented young cast and excellent crew, the people who funded the making of the film, and our distributor which has done an excellent job of marketing the film and ensuring that it reaches a wide audience.”

Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, was delighted that How 2 Steal 2 Million were recognised at the AMAAs.

“These films have been recognised and rewarded by our own continent’s film industry as well-made and highly accomplished. It’s a coup for all involved, and for the South Africa film industry as a whole, which is showing greater and greater promise,” she added.

Man on Ground, a Nigerian/South African xenophobia-themed co-production, won the special jury award — given for only the third time since the inception of AMAA — and got Fana Mokoena a best supporting actor gong.

Nigeria’s Rita Dominic was named best actress for her role in Kenyan film Toussaint Louverture was named best diaspora film.

Nigeria received a dozen awards, the most awarded to a single country, followed closely by South Africa with 10.

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