AFDA Durban 3rd year 2015 film, David’s Winter won the Best Student Film Award at the Simon Sabela Awards 2016 held on Sunday 18 June 2016 at the Inkosi Albert Luthli International Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Liana Barciela Hassim (director) and Mathew Couperthwaite (producer) are no strangers to this award having won it last year with their 2nd year 2014 student film Halfway House.
“Taking this award home for the second time in two years was so unexpected and surreal. I was overwhelmed at the love and support and the tangible revolutionary spirit of the night. I cried a few times, but not because of the win. These tears came to me because I finally felt and understood the powerful light that art is in the world – and certainly in this country. May we never forget. A huge thank you to everyone involved in David’s Winter.” –Liana Barciela Hassim, director of David’s Winter.
The Best Student Film Awards were an all AFDA Durban affair with the 3rd year 2015 film 1 Nation and a 2nd year 2016 film Svaha being the other two films nominated in the for the Best Student Film category.
The Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela film and television awards recognise outstanding achievement and excellence within the South African Film and Television industry, with a special focus on KwaZulu-Natal. Among those who will be honoured at the awards are actors, producers, directors and various film and television technicians.
The awards are an initiative of the Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs and are implemented by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. Mr Simon “Mabhunu”Sabela, in whose honour the Film and Television Awards are named, was a legend in both big screen and television. Not only was he South Africa’s first Black film director, he also had a long and successful career which saw him feature in over 34 movies, both nationally and internationally.
Congratulations to all the staff, cast and crew!!!!!!