Namibian Theatre and Film Awards 2014
WHEN the Namibian Theatre and Film Awards were launched in 2010, this plugged a gap that was affecting the Namibian film and theatre industry for a long time.
Filmmakers, actors and theatre practitioners were in need of an event that noticed, appreciated, celebrated and honoured the work they were doing through the film and theatre mediums.
With the support of the National Theatre of Namibia as well as the Namibia Film Commission, the Namibian Theatre and Film Awards have emerged as one of the foremost events that recognize excellence in film and theatre.
It is in this vein that the Filmmakers Association of Namibia is calling upon Namibian filmmakers and theatre practitioners to prove themselves in this year’s edition of the Namibian Theatre and Film Awards set slated for October 25 at the National Theatre of Namibia venue.
The bi-annual awards – which are being run in conjunction with the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) and the National Theatre of Namibia – seeks to honour quality productions in the various categories like, Best Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Music Video, Best Actor and Actress, Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Editor, Best Composer, Best Sound Designer, Best Production Designer, and Audience Choice.
According to the organizers, the awards are a way of “celebrating the best of Namibian filmmaking” adding that a new category for the Best Music Video Directing – has been introduced this year.
The introduction of this new category is welcome since music videos – by virtue of falling under the visuals medium – incorporate directing and sometimes acting, two components that also found in films and theatre.
“Anybody that shot a short film, feature film, documentary of any length or music video can submit their work together with a completed entry form and other requirements until Friday, September 12th, at the offices of the NFC or the NTN Box Office.
“The entry forms can be found online on the official website of the Filmmakers Association of Namibia ( http://l.facebook.com/l/iAQFMIwjzAQEkaAm–AoyX4EnuUF0R_lby4Jr4nfNDFKI9g/www.filmmakers-assocation-namibia.com) and the FAN Facebook site (www.facebook.com/filmmakersassociationofnamibia) and or at the NFC office as well as the NTN Box Office,” announced the organizers, adding that filmmakers will find all the requirements necessary to compete in the awards.
Audiences will have a chance to vote for a film of their choice, and the production will be the winner of the Audience Choice Award, during screenings to be held as part of the Namibia Film Week end of September.
Films that will be found eligible.
Previous winners of the Audience Choice Award were the films “Camel Thorns” (20100 and “100 Bucks” (2012) respectively.
In the inaugural edition of the Namibian Theatre and Film Awards held in 2010, the Best Film award went to “The 3 and Half Lives of Philip Wetu” While Try” won the same award in 2012.
Formed in 2000, the Filmmakers Association of Namibia seeks to promote and develop the Namibian film industry.
There will be a gala for the awards ceremony on the evening of October 25 where a red-carpet ceremony full of glitz, glamour and entertainment is expected to roll out for the stars of the night as well as the audience.