A large group of theatre and film pundits as well as journalists gathered at Garlic and Flowers Restaurant in Windhoek last week, where the 2012 Namibia Theatre and Film award nominations were announced.
Speaking at the event, National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) Director Werner Thaniseb said the awards are a great reminder of how far Namibian theatre and film has come, especially remembering the low budget films of the past.
Joel Haikali whose film ‘Try’ received a total of 10 nominations expressed his excitement. “I feel that my work is finally being recognised. The awards are a sign that people have finally stopped and noticed what we do,” he said, also pointing out that through the awards, the audience is granted a rare opportunity to see film from a different angle and to get to know the filmmakers.
“The awards create sort of a hype and it puts the films into the public agenda.”
This will be the fourth edition of the prestigious awards, that take place on November 24, with renowned South African actor and director, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube officiating as guest speaker.
Newcomer Lynn Strydom bagged two nominations, for Best Female Actor and Best Newcomer.
“Everything is so new to me and it’s very exciting, it makes me happy and I love it. I didn’t expect to be nominated and I was nervous and very surprised and happy to hear the news,” she said.
Another nominated newcomer of note is funnyman Onesmus Uupindi, known as Slick the Dick, who has managed to cross over from his role on the Namibian stand-up comedy scene. He was nominated for his role in ‘Looking for Iilonga’. Blessing Mbonambi stood out in the theatre category, with a total of five nominations.
A total of 27 films and 19 theatre plays were submitted for judging.
The announcement of the nominees also coincided with the launch of NTN’s new look and more user friendly website.