Cape Town, South Africa - Just days after Cape Town documentary, “Searching for Sugarman”, won an Oscar, the South African romantic comedy, “Fanie Fourie's Lobola”, has won the Audience Choice Award for Best Comedy at the 19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, US.
“Audience awards are among the best harbingers of a film's success because they are decided on by regular cinema-goers,” film director Henk Pretorius said in a statement.
The film’s producer, Kweku Mandela, said the award is particularly notable because the winning film is selected by the audience rather than by a few members of a festival jury.
The film tells the story of a white Afrikaans man and a Zulu woman who fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of paying the bridegroom's family in cash or livestock. The film recently won the Jozi Film Festival Audience Award.
The Sedona International Film Festival was held 23 Feb. to 3 March and included features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and foreign films.
This year the festival screened 145 films.