EASTERN Cape filmmaker Jahmil Qubeka has won one of the National Arts Festival’s Standard Bank Young Artist Awards.
Qubeka joins eight other young talents who have been selected for the coveted awards.
His film projects, including this year’s publicity magnet Of Good Report, earned the director the recognition.
The festival gives out the award annually to individuals in the arts who are on the cusp of making a national breakthrough in their respective crafts or whose artistic endeavours have propelled them to the international stage.
The winners and their categories are: Qubeka for film, Greg Homann for theatre, Kyle Shepherd for jazz, Donna Kukama for performance (art), Nicola Elliott for dance, Njabulo Madlala for opera, and siblings Hasan and Husain Essop for visual arts.
The artists will each get an undisclosed cash prize and support to showcase a work as part of the festival’s main programme next year.
Qubeka was unavailable for comment yesterday because he was on his way to Chicago.
The award is one of many accolades the East London-raised Qubeka has won.
Qubeka’s 2005 documentary on HIV, Talk to Me, scooped five international awards – George Foster Peabody; Rose D’Or for social awareness; Japan Prize for best programme in the education category; the Chicago International Film Festival’s Gold Hugo Award and the World Media Festival’s Gold Intermedia-globe.
Speaking on the calibre of this year’s winners, festival artistic director Ismail Mahomed said: “Each of this year’s winners represent[s] the vibrancy and sophistication with which South Africa’s artistic and cultural legacy continues to be enriched.”