5 July 2016
— Dan Mace (@Dan_theDirector) May 23, 2016
Cape Town film-maker Dan Mace’s two short documentaries, Mine Sniffing Rats and Gift have both won second prize in different categories at the Cannes Film Festival’s Young Director Awards.
Mine Sniffing Rats, a frenetically edited and succinct film about the explosive-detecting rats of Mozambique, won silver in the Changing the World Frame by Frame category.
Gift, an energetic vignette about a brassy youth on the streets of Cape Town, came second in the Short Film category.
Thrilled about the two accolades and recognition, Mace believes the short film format is growing in popularity. He attributed the growth to online channels like YouTube and the ease of technology needed to make films: “(There) are youngsters that shoot and edit pieces (that are) amazing. The level of film is increasing.”
This accessibility and spirit of experimentation could offer opportunities for budding South African film-makers to leave a global impact on the industry.
Mace’s other projects, available to watch on his YouTube channel Dan the Director, includes music videos, nature documentaries and experimental films.
Follow Dan on his various social media profiles for more on his film philosophy and advice on getting started:
one of my life goals ticked!! Went free diving with
dolphins off the coast of east Africa. What’s something you have always
wanted to do? Goals are super important to have! Tell me below ?? This is a screen
grab from one of my new films coming out soon so the quality isn’t the
greatest but it’s the moment that I wanted to share with you!