Afrikaans feature war drama Modder en Bloed (Blood & Glory) set during the Anglo-Boer War in 1901 has scored its first international award.
The movie won the 2017 Audience Choice Award in the Best Feature Drama category at the Sedona International Film Festival.
The festival lasted from 18-26 February and is used as a platform to celebrate the best in independent film from across the globe.
Sean Else, writer, director and producer was in Sedona to accept the award and hailed it as the result of a tremendous team effort from all who worked in the film.
“It’s great to get the recognition and appreciation from an audience outside of South Africa, these awards mean the most as they are voted for by the public,” said Else.
This marks the fourth International Film Festival where Modder en Bloed has been selected in the Official Competition Section. But, this is the first Competition Award it has won so far.
Here are all the winners at the festival;
2017 Festival Award-Winners
2017 DIRECTORS’ CHOICE AWARDS
Best Animated Film: Curpigeon
Best Short Film: The Train
Best Student Short Film: Icarus
Best Documentary Feature: A Plastic Ocean
Best Short Documentary: Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland
Best Environmental Film: Death By Design
Best Foreign Film: Frantz
Best Feature DRAMA: The Sandbox
Best Feature COMEDY: Burn Burn Burn
Best Humanitarian Film (narrative): Under the Same Sun
Best Humanitarian Film (documentary): No Limits and Perfume War
Best Independent Spirit (narrative): Halfway to Zen
Best Independent Spirit (documentary): Perfume War
Best Independent Spirit (short): Bardo
Bill Muller Excellence in Screenwriting Award: 29+1
Marion Herrman Excellence in Filmmaking: SCORE: A Film Music Documentary
2017 AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
Best of Fest: Good Fortune
Best Feature Comedy: Grand Unified Theory
Best Feature Drama: (TIE) Blood & Glory and Wild Prairie Rose
Best Foreign Film: Under the Same Sun
Animated Film: Wabooz
Student Short: A Children’s Song
Short Film – Drama: All The Marbles
Short Film – Comedy: Rated
Environmental: A Plastic Ocean
Documentary: Good Fortune
Documentary Short: Edges
Heart of the Festival Award: Slipaway
2017 SPECIAL FESTIVAL AWARDS
Lifetime Achievement: Cloris Leachman
Global Humanitarian and Philanthropist: John Paul DeJoria
Modder en Bloed, set in 1901, follows Willem Morkel, a Boer family man whose wife and son are murdered during the Anglo-Boer War. Captured as a prisoner of war, Willem must survive incarceration in the notorious St. Helena concentration camp and defeat the ruthless Colonel Swannell, at his own game which is Rugby.
The movie was released to cinema in April 2016 in South Africa.
Watch the trailer here;