Durban, South Africa 1 - 3 November 2019

Announcing the Winners

After much deliberation, our distinguished panel of judges has selected this year’s winning films. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers and teams who participated. We are proud to announce our winners.

Kudos to The Set medics for winning Best Film of 2019. Their film The Bombshell will go on to represent Durban against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2020.


1st Place: Best Film of 2019

The Bombshell by The Set medics

2nd Place: Best Film of 2019

Missing by Apple Shot Media

3rd Place: Best Film of 2019

The Greenhouse Effect by Working Title

Required Elements

  • Character: Petrus or Patience Radebe, Priest
  • Prop: a sea shell
  • Line: "Kuhlonishwa kabili." ("Respect is a two way street.")

Audience Favorite: Group A

Limbo by Leman Media

Honorable Mentions
The Greenhouse Effect by Working Title
The Holy-Day by Ohthreetwo

Audience Favorite: Group B

The Bombshell by The Set medics

Honorable Mentions
Missing by Apple Shot Media
The sHELL by Ocean’s XI

Best Writing

The Bombshell by The Set medics

Honorable Mentions
Every Soul Counts by Mulatto Films
Various shades of a damsel by SUPERB PRODUCTIONS
Limbo by Leman Media

Best Editing

Mark Edwards The Bombshell by The Set medics

Honorable Mentions
What's Inside by Paligraph Pictures
Missing by Apple Shot Media
The Greenhouse Effect by Working Title

Best Directing

Rick Robby The Bombshell by The Set medics

Honorable Mentions
The Holy-Day by Ohthreetwo
Missing by Apple Shot Media
The Greenhouse Effect by Working Title

Best Cinematography

Nick Bartlett Missing by Apple Shot Media

Honorable Mentions
The Greenhouse Effect by Working Title
The sHELL by Ocean’s XI

Best Sound Design

Honorable Mention
The Bombshell by The Set medics

Best Musical Score

Sea Shell Bandits by WMDS

Honorable Mentions
Project Blue by 1994
Various shades of a damsel by SUPERB PRODUCTIONS
Dark Necklace by Limited time production

Best Acting

Honorable Mention
The Bombshell by The Set medics

Best Actor

Sibusiso Msimang Every Soul Counts by Mulatto Films

Honorable Mentions
the lead actor, Priest Radebe The Bombshell by The Set medics
lead actor, Father/thief Radabe Sea Shell Bandits by WMDS

Best Actress

Sibongiseni Shezi Missing by Apple Shot Media

Honorable Mentions
Omhle Mbambi Various shades of a damsel by SUPERB PRODUCTIONS
Kyra Jacobs The Greenhouse Effect by Working Title

Best Supporting Actor

Honorable Mention
the Priest/ex boyfriend Limbo by Leman Media

Best Ensemble Acting

Honorable Mention
The Bombshell by The Set medics

Best Costumes

The Bombshell by The Set medics

Honorable Mentions
Dark Necklace by Limited time production
The Sinner by Beyond a Doubt

Best Set Design

Honorable Mention
The Bombshell by The Set medics

Best Use of Character

Sea Shell Bandits by WMDS

Honorable Mentions
The Holy-Day by Ohthreetwo
The Bombshell by The Set medics

Best Use of Prop

The Greenhouse Effect by Working Title

Honorable Mentions
The Bombshell by The Set medics
Sea Shell Bandits by WMDS

Best Use of Line

The Bombshell by The Set medics

Honorable Mentions
The Holy-Day by Ohthreetwo
The Sinner by Beyond a Doubt

Best Use of Genre

Honorable Mention
The Bombshell by The Set medics

Best Titling

Honorable Mention
Sea Shell Bandits by WMDS

Best Newcomer to the 48HFP

Missing by Apple Shot Media

Honorable Mentions
Various shades of a damsel by SUPERB PRODUCTIONS
The Holy-Day by Ohthreetwo
What's Inside by Paligraph Pictures
The sHELL by Ocean’s XI

Social Media Champions

Emily Cross - original ideas The Greenhouse Effect by Working Title

Left Behind by Forty 3 Forty Productions

Perspective by Cinephiles

2019 Film List

  • Dark Necklace by Limited time production

    A arrogant pimp tries to charm a beautiful girl who seeks a decent gentleman.

  • Every Soul Counts by Mulatto Films

    A young man experiences a crisis of faith when he realises the world isn't what he thought it was.

  • Left Behind by Forty 3 Forty Productions

    An intergalactic love story that shows that home is where the heart is.

  • Limbo by Leman Media

    A decision must be made when a self-righteous priest with a vendetta, unravels unexpected secrets.

  • Mayhem on the horizon by BMH DBN

    Respect is a two way street

  • Missing by Apple Shot Media

    After her best friend goes missing Mbali must find a way to escape the dark dungeon in the twisted clutches of her father.

  • One Mistake by Durban New Age Production (DNA)

    In a time when one mistake can change your destiny and have a dangerous ripple effects to the generations of young men

  • Perspective by Cinephiles

    In a world of music and drugs, Pastor Petrus is forced to step out of his grief and find an ally in the most unusual of places.

  • Project Blue by 1994

    A Writer slowly descends into madness.

  • Respect is two way street by Nocturnal Productions

    man comes back to get his child and ends up killing the child's step father.

  • Sea Shell Bandits by WMDS

    Two cops find a thief but get into some trouble themselves

  • The Bombshell by The Set medics

    “In a quiet leafy suburb, a troubled priest spies on his eccentric neighbour and her mysterious entourage, and finds far more than just the secrets he was looking for. “

  • The Greenhouse Effect by Working Title

    Two children are stranded in a home following a mass extinction due to the effects of climate change. When an unlikely stranger tries to help, their sibling bond is tested.

  • The Holy-Day by Ohthreetwo

    During a sabbatical in Durban, James, a young priest lost in his beliefs, decides to dive into a life he knows nothing about.

  • The Neighbours by a Room to Dream

    Climate change is not for everybody but it's better than an angry neighbour.

  • The sHELL by Ocean’s XI

    An adulterous priest finds himself having to run for his life after getting confronted by the mistresses hus

  • The Sinner by Beyond a Doubt

    A scorned woman suspects infidelity and destroys her husbands' muse.

  • Various shades of a damsel by SUPERB PRODUCTIONS

    A foreign man whose only mission is to spread the word of God finds himself losing everything his family, little did he know that the xenophobia he is blaming is actually the love of his love who is in her own mission.

  • What's Inside by Paligraph Pictures

    A newlywed couple navigates the idealistic forces of maternity.


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