The 39th Durban International Film Festival held its awards ceremony on Saturday and awarded the Best Feature Film prize to The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, directed by Muayad Alayan. Maisa Abd Elhadi was awarded Best Actress prize the for her role as Bisan in the film. A total of 17 awards were given out at the ceremony.
DIFF has recently been included as a Documentary Feature Qualifying Festival by the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, which means that both the winners of the Best Documentary, New Moon and Best SA Documentary Sisters of the Wilderness, will now automatically qualify for consideration for an Oscar nomination.
39th Durban International Film Festival Awards
Best Feature Film: The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, directed by Muayad Alayan, and produced by Muayad Alayan, Rami Alayan, Hans de Wolf, Hanneke Niens, Rebekka Garrido, Rodrigo Iturralde, Georgina Gonzalez, and Alejandro Duran.
Best South African Feature Film: High Fantasy, directed by Jenna Bass and produced by David Horler and Steven Markovitz.
Best Documentary: New Moon, produced and directed by Philippa Ndisi-Hermann.
Best South African Documentary: Sisters of the Wilderness, directed by Karin Slater and produced by Ronit Shapiro.
Best Direction: Constantin Popescu for Pororoca
Best Cinematography: Liviu Marghidan for Pororoca
Best Screenplay: Jennifer Fox for The Tale
Best Actor: Bogdan Dumitrache for his role as Tudor in Pororoca, directed by Constantin Popescu
Best Actress: Maisa Abd Elhadi for her role as Bisan in The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
Best Editing: Anne Fabini, Alex Hall and Gary Level for The Tale
Artistic Bravery: was won jointly by High Fantasy, directed by Jenna Bass and Supa Modo directed by Likarion Wainaina.
Best South African Short Film: Stillborn, directed by Jahmil X. T. Qubeka and produced by Huanxi Media Group, Xstream Pictures, and Yellowbone Entertainment.
Best African Short Film: Aya, directed by Moufida Fedhila and produced by Appel d’Air Films.
Best Short Film: The Patience of Water (La Paciencia Del Agua), directed by Guillem Almirall.
Audience Choice Award: The State Against Mandela and the Others, directed by Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte.
Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award: Silas, directed by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman and produced by Appian Way, Big World Cinema and Ink & Pepper Productions.
Best Wavescape Film: Heavy Water, directed by Michael Oblowitz