Shepherds and Butchers wins big at Woodstock Film Festival


Shepherds and Butchers won the Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative and the Hasklell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography at the Woodstock Film Festival this past weekend. Acknowledged as one of the leading independent film festivals in the United States, the festival was founded sixteen years ago in the New York State town of Woodstock.

Helmed by award-winning director, Oliver Schmitz, Shepherds and Butchers is produced by Anant Singh and Brian Cox who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars talented rising star, Garion Dowds alongside Academy Award nominee, Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Oblivion) with a host of well-known local actors including Deon Lotz, Robert Hobbs, Eduan van Jaarsveldt, Marcel van Heerden and Sylvia Mdunyelwa.

“The Woodstock Film Festival is one of the most respected independent film festivals in North America. We are delighted that Shepherds and Butchers received the festival’s top feature film prize as well as the Best Cinematography Award,’ said Singh.

Shepherds and Butchers will be released at South African cinemas on Friday, 28 October 2016 by Times Media Films for Videovision Entertainment.

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Chanelle Ellaya is the editor of Screen Africa. She completed her BA Journalism degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. While writing is her passion, she has a keen interest in the media in various capacities. Chanelle is an avid social media networker and a firm believer in the power of social and online networking. Between writing and tweeting, she finds time to feed her love for live music.


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