Creativity in 48 hours pays big


PARTICIPATION in the 48-Hour Cut challenge co-produced by filmmakers Joe Njagu and Tariro Washe under the banner Firima saw excelling participants pocketing various amounts of money for their efforts.


This was after the programme secured a US$1 000 sponsorship package from the South African investment company SADASHE Group.

The winning film, Game Over co-produced by Mercy Mangwana Mubaiwa, Kuda Bwititi and Admire Kanhenga bagged US$300, runner-up Food Web got US$200 and the People’s Choice award went to I Will Find You by Sharlene Robin, who pocketed US$150.

Disturbed was awarded the Firima’s Choice gong but did not get a cash prize.

Winners of the Best Director, Best Actor, Best Director of Photography, Best Editor, Best Production Designer and Best Make Up Artiste awards received US$50 each.

Kanhenga won the Best Director and Director of Photography awards, Robin (Best Editor and Make Up Artist) and the Best Script and Best Score awards went to Toga Emmanuel Chatindo.

Mubaiwa, who was also a voice-over artist, described participation in the challenge as an “amazing experience”.
Njagu told NewsDay Life & Style that the response to the 48-Hour Cut was “really incredible and humbling” as 15 teams representing 15 films participated in the challenge.

“Firima is happy with the collaborations as filmmakers from Bulawayo, Harare, Kwekwe, Zvishavane, Chitungwiza, Masvingo, South Africa and the UK come together to make these 15 films. This is a great start to a collaborative culture,” he said.

The panel of judges was made up of Soth Africa-based actress Chiedza Mhende, UK-based actress and writer Chipo Chung, Tuks Lunga (actor and director in SA) Bongani Mlambo (DOP in USA) and Tendai Nyeke (director in SA).
Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation minister Kirsty Coventry commended participants’ efforts in collaborating and creating during these unique circumstances and applauded Firima for the initiative.