The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) announced this year’s award-winners at the 38th DIFF Awards ceremony, with the award for the Best Feature Film going to A Father’s Will; and the award for Best South African Feature Film going to Vaya directed by Akin Omotoso.
The Best Director for a South African Film went to John Trentgrove The Wound.
The Best South African Documentary award was taken by Strike A Rock, directed by Aliki Saragas which the jury described as a powerful documentary that reflects the context of the current South African society; while the Best International Documentary went to Dusk Chorus directed by Nika Šaravanja and Alessandro D’Emilia.
The award for Best Direction in the international competition, went to A Father’s Will (Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu) in addition to the award for Best Cinematography (Akjol Bekbolotov).
The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award for the film that best reflects human rights issues which comes with a cash prize donated by the Amnesty International went to Strike a Rock and Mama Colonel ; and the African Critic Award was won by Serpent which also opened DIFF this year.
38th Durban International Film Festival Awards
Best Feature Film – A Father’s Will
Best South African Feature – Vaya
Best Director for a South African Film: John Trentgrove The Wound
Best Direction – A Father’s Will (Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu.)
Best Cinematography – A Father’s Will (Akjol Bekbolotov)
Best Screenplay – La Soledad (Jorge Thielen Armand, Rodrigo Michelangeli)
Best Actor – Nakhane Touré (The Wound)
Best actress – Mariam Al Ferjani (Beauty and the Dogs)
Best editing – La Soledad (Felipe Guerrero)
Artistic Bravery – Liyana
Best International Short Film – Witnesses
Best African Short Film – All of Us
Best South African Short – The Hangman
Best South African Documentary Film – Strike A Rock
Best International Documentary Film – Dusk Chorus