It’s taken me a few days to go through the list of nominees, since they were revealed, so I’ll be highlighting those that I determine will be of specific interest to this blog, like this one… the short film work of 4th-year South African film student Miklas Manneke, which is been nominated in the Best Foreign Student Short Film category at this year’s upcoming Student Academy Awards.
The film titled, Kanye Kanye (no it’s not an ode to the Kanye that most of you know; the phrase means “together”), is a romantic comedy about a forbidden love affair between two young township teenagers.
The town is divided by a long line to mark territories belonging to the red and green camps. However, a young man by the name of Thomas, from the greens, falls in love with Thandi, who is from the red side of town. The romantic comedy tells the tale of how the two youngsters, who are warned against any affiliation, get to communicate without their parents and communities knowing.
Manneke, a 4th-year student at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA), said of his nomination:
“It is an honour for everyone involved in the making of Kanye Kanye to be selected on this international platform to represent AFDA as students at the beginning of our careers.”
The 27-minute film has also won 9 AFDA Gold Awards at the institution’s annual awards.
Gina Bonmariage, director of AFDA, Johannesburg, added:
“Kanye Kanye is a reflective short film by a student director and team whose attention to detail has made it a work of art that will resonate worldwide.”
38 students from 17 U.S. colleges and universities as well as nine students from foreign universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition. Winners will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 8 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
No trailer for Kanye, Kanye, but I did find this colorful poster: