The Award Ceremony

Princess Mahakwe (Kgalalelo Mfokazane) prepares herself for a prestigious event, her primary school’s awards ceremony, where she will be receiving top honors.

Princess’ worst nightmare is walking across the stage, in front of the whole school, in her weathered and broken school shoes. She is confident, however, that her grandmother, Thandi (Sindi Montsho), will meet her at the school gates with a brand new pair of school shoes just in time for the prestigious ceremony. However, Thandi, a factory worker, is on the other side of town managing a crisis. She has not received her wages in weeks and has not yet bought the school shoes.

Will Thandi make it to school in time? Or will Princess have to face her worst nightmare?

This film forms part of a single screening together with ‘Ethereality’ and ‘What Did You Dream’.

  • Ticket Price: R30.00
  • Genre: Film
  • Duration: 9mins



Director: Mmabatho Montsho
Principal Cast: Kgalalelo Mfokazane, Sindi Montsho, Thishiwe Ziqubu
Producer: Maishe Mosala, Mmabatho Montsho
Screenplay: Mmabatho Montsho
Cinematographers: Musa Boto
Editors: Michael Moagi Matsie


Director’s Bio

Mmabatho Montsho is a multi-disciplinary storyteller who transitioned to positions behind the lens, in search of the fulfilment of her true passion – screenwriting and directing — garnering multiple plaudits. She has had multiple South African Film and Television Awards(SAFTA) nominations for directing, is a co-recipient of the Mbokodo Award for filmmaking and a SAFTA winner for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting for a Drama Series. Her recent short films, Joko Ya Hao and The Award Ceremony have enjoyed selection with The Award Ceremony winning Best Short Film at the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival 2020 in the USA, and Joko Ya Hao being nominated for Best Short Film at the South African Film and Television Awards 2020. Mmabatho worked as a script consultant and development mentor with the MNET Magic in Motion Academy for several years. Her solo exhibition, Manyano, that ran through Women’s Month at Constitutional Hill in the Women’s Jail was hailed as “Visionary”, “Exquisitely Nostalgic” and “Deeply Spiritual”. The exhibition. Mmabatho’s work hones in on the essence of everyday existence, the beauty, agony and politics of what it means to be a black woman in South Africa today.