September 25, 2023

Filmmakers can make their submissions on or before May 30th, 2023.

By Helena Olori

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is inviting local filmmakers in KZN to submit their entries for the 10th annual Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela KZN Film and Television Awards this year.

Founded in 2013, the awards, named after South Africa’s first Black film director, Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela, are part of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs and overseen by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission.

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Fu3VD 8X0AAOGv5 simonsabelaawards 20190228 p 1989155826871813531 1 1989155826871813531 IMG 20230507 220646 Now in its 10th year, the South African awards recognise exceptional accomplishments and excellence in the film industry of the KwaZulu-Natal coastal region. The upcoming ceremony will honour both the eligible productions from 2021 and 2022, as well as celebrate talents in the film and television space both nationally and internationally.

A total of 30 trophies will be awarded to winners across different categories, including Best Newcomer Actors and Actresses in Film and Television, Best Feature Documentary, Best Student Film, Best Micro-Budget, Lifetime Achievement, Persons Living with a Disability, and Best African Film, among others.

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Filmmakers of KwaZulu-Natal origin, home and abroad, can submit their works in the following genres: Feature films, Non-fiction: Documentaries, Student films, Short Films, Soapies, Telenovelas, and Drama to the commission’s email at

Entry for the awards closes May 30th, 2023, and must be accompanied by a signed declaration from the producer or intellectual property copyright owner.

The Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela KZN Film and Television Awards have been instrumental in promoting the KwaZulu-Natal film industry and have helped to put the region on the map as a hub for film and television production.

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