Windhoek — The play The Story Red is leading the packs in most nominations in the country's film and theatre awards with ten nominations.
The play has two nominees for the Best Newcomer Actor, Joallete de Villiers and Sepiso Mwange as well as in the Best Female Actor with Joalette de Villiers and Helouise Garises while it has also been nominated for Best Stage and Costume, Best Newcomer-Directing, Best Supporting Role (Blessing Mbonambi), Best Male Actor (Blessing Mbonambi), Best Director (Blessing Mbonambi) and Best Play.
Following close on its heels in terms of total nominations with nine nominations is the short film, 100 Bucks with nominations for Best Original Music Score (Steffen List), Best Cinematography (Raphael Sciba), Best Production Design (Caroline de Meersseman), Best Editor (Björn Rehder), Best Newcomer in Acting Role (Lynn Strydom), Best Male Actor (Perivi Katjavivi and David Ndjavera), Best Female Actor (Lynn Strydom) and the Best Short Film.
In the third place in terms of overall nominations for both film and theatre is the film Looking for Ilonga with seven nominations followed in fourth by the play Thirty Nine Steps with six.
Joel Haikali acting in the film Try, Perivi Katjavivi in 100 Bucks, Onesmus Uipindi appearing in Looking for Iilonga, Jens Schneider in Dead River and David Ndjavera in 100 Bucks are all in the battle of the Namibian films titans vying for the Best Male Actor in the film category at this year's film and theatre honours billed for next Saturday, November 24. Sheena Schwartz in My Beautiful Nightmare, Rebecca Haufiku in Try, Thereza Kahorongo in Tjiraa, Ripuree Tjitendero in 100 Bucks and Lynn Strydom in 100 Bucks are battling it out in the Best Female Actor category.
In the theatre division Blessing Mbonambi from The Story of Red, Anathi Hans from Thirty Nine Steps, David Ndjavera from Report to an Academy and Armas Shivute Armas for Shebeen Queen are battling it out as leading theatre male actors while Sheila Am!gabes from Broken Butterflies, Joalette de Villiers form The Story of Red, Brumilda English from Shebeen Queen and Helouise Gorases from The Story of Red would be battling it out in the Best Female Actor category.
In the Best Newcomer in an Acting Role in flim,Onesmus Uupindi in Looking for Iilonga, Lynn Strydom in 100 Bucks, Sheena Schwartz in My Beautiful Nightmare, Shaquille Shikwambi in Dead River and Jade Coury in Dead River are battling it out while Blessing Mbonambi of Of Mice and Men fame, Brumilda English of Shebeen Queen, Joalette de Villiers of The Story of Red and Sepiso Mwange of The Story of Red are vying for the Ombili Katangolo Award in the Best Newcomer Actor category in theatre.