"Audience awards are among the best harbingers of a
film's success because they are decided on by regular cinema-goers," Henk
Pretorius said in a statement.
He said they were an accurate reflection of the mood at
the time and what people were enjoying.
The Sedona International Film Festival was held from 23 February
to 3 March and included features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and foreign
This year the festival screened 145 films.
"To win the Audience Award for Best Comedy against
the level of competition at Sedona is a huge accolade for Fanie Fourie's
Lobola," the film's producers Lance Samuels and Kweku Mandela said.
"This is a highly regarded festival and the audience
award is widely recognised as one of the most important awards of any festival,
because the winning film is selected by the audience attending the festival
rather than by a few members of a festival jury," Samuels and Mandela said
in a statement.
This was the second audience award the film had won.
It won the Jozi Film Festival Audience Award in February.
In the film an Afrikaans man and a Zulu woman fall in
love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola,
or payment by a bridegroom's family - usually in cash or livestock - to the
The film was released in South African cinemas over the
past weekend and stars newcomer Zethu Dlomo as Dinky and Eduan van Jaarsveld as
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