13-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship for grade eight at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.
Felix was directed and produced by Roberta Durrant for Sabido Productions with Natalie Haarhof as Director of Photography. The film was written by Shirley Johnston. The lead cast was Hlayani Jnr. Mabasa as Felix, Dame Janet Suzman as Mrs. Cartwright and Linda Sokhulu playing Lindiwe (Felix’s mother).
The feature film FELIX has achieved great acclaim on the international festival circuit winning :
- 1. TIFF Kids Festival Young People’s Jury Award for Best Feature Film2. Audience Choice Award for Best Film at Durban International Film Festival in South Africa,20133. Lucas award for best film at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany4. Michel award at the Hamburg Film Festival in Germany5. Best Director award at the African International Film Festival in Nigeria
6. The Marcinek award for best full length film for children at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino in Poland
7. Teacher’s Jury Special mention award at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino in Poland
8. Special Jury Recognition: First Feature film by a director, at the Pan African Film festival in Los Angeles, USA
9. Audience Award at Tumbleweeds Film festival in Utah, USA
10. Best Children’s Feature as voted by the Children’s Jury in Antwerp at the European Youth Film festival of Flanders
11. Writer’s Guild of South Africa (WGSA) Muse Award for Best Feature Script
12. Youth Jury prize for Best Film at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth in Vancouver, Canada
13. Best Film award at Kikife International Children’s Film Festival in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
14. Adult Jury Prize – ‘Die Goldene Klappe Award’ for best Picture at the Augsburg Children’s Film Festival in Germany
15. People’s Choice Award for Best Feature at the 2014 Vancouver South African Film Festival (VSAFF)
16. The Moviezone Cinekid Youth Jury Award in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
17. Cinekid Audience Award in Amsterdam, Netherlands.