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Congratulations to the 4th Durban Short Film Challenge participants

4th Durban Short Film Challenge Awards - Gugu Radebe (Marketing Manager, Durban Film Office), Jarryn Katia (Writers Guild of South Africa – WGSA), Vusi Madondo (Runner up) and Pretty Mthiyane (NFVF)

The Durban Short Film Challenge held its Award Ceremony and presented the the competition's shortlisted films at a special event of the Durban International Film Festival, where the winners for the 4th edition was announced.

The Durban Short Film Challenge is an annual short film competition open to filmmakers across the country. A set of themes is announced at the beginning of the two week period of the competition and participating team have to write, shoot and edit a five-minute film based on one of the themes, for submission at the end of the two weeks.

The themes for this year's competition were:
1. Bosso ke Mang
2. Ben 10 Said "Age ain't nothing but"
3. All that glitters isn't SOLD
4. I wrote a letter to my love

At a panel discussing Durban Film Initiatives, where the Durban Short Film Challenge was one of the initiatives profiled, the organizers stressed the importance of this initiative as a stepping stone that gives aspiring filmmakers the tools to enter the film industry.

The winner of Best Short Film this year's Durban Short Film Challenge, Nduduzo Shandu received an Apple MacBook Pro sponsored by the National Film and Video Foundation as well as an opportunity to attend the NFVF's Sediba SPARK Scriptwriting Course which has helped a number of South Africa scriptwriters to kick start their careers.

Vusi Madondo of Crazy Cool Productions won the Special Mention award for innovative interpretation of the theme he chose as well as commendable use of post-production to convey the theme. His prize was a year's membership to the Writer's Guild of South Africa.

Both Shandu and Madondo were given commemorative trophies by the Durban Film Office who provide logistical support towards the realising of the Durban Short Film Challenge each year. The Durban Short Film Challenge is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, Durban International Film Festival as well as the Writer's Guild of South Africa.

Issued By Durban Film Society

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