After a very long year of hard work, determination and discipline, Namibia’s film and theatre stars were honoured at the industries’ biggest awards ceremony of the year.
The 2012 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards saw producers, writers, directors, actors and actresses, and sound crew alike receiving awards for their roles in the best film and theatre works of the year.
Held at the home of Namibian theatre, the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN), it saw a considerable crowd attending the colourful event, which was complete with a red carpet in true Hollywood style.
In the theatre category, Blessing Mbonambi walked away with the best director award, Brumelda English won best newcomer actress while Joalette De Villiers was the best female actor.
Armas Shivute Armas impressed with his role in ‘The Shebeen Queen’, which earned him the best actor award while the multitalented David Ndjavera was named best director in the theatre category.
In the film category, ‘Try’ was a force to be reckoned with, earning a total of five awards.
Axaro Werner Thaniseb, director general of the NTN, called the awards a “celebration of two of the fastest growing genres in performing arts theatre and film”.
He also pointed out that theatre and arts can be used as tools for the enhancement of issues such as tolerance and nation building as it is the seed for social change and transformation.
South African actor Sello Maake Ka-Ncube as the guest of honour, offered poetic words of wisdom to the nominees and also called for African governments to prioritise funding for the performance arts industry as it is one of the best ways a nation can preserve its history, by retelling it through theatre or film.
The recently held Film Week, which most of the award recipients described as a vital tool in taking film to the masses, saw ‘100 bucks’, being selected for the audience choice award. Laurida Olivier-Sampson received a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the upliftment of performance art in Namibia.