Standard Bank Young Artists

The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards were established by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown in 1984 to recognise relatively established young emerging South African artists who demonstrate  outstanding artistic talent. The National Arts Festival Committee select winners in five different disciplines: Theatre, Music, Dance, Jazz and Visual Art-and from time to time Film.


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2014 film winner

Free-spirited filmmaker Jahmil XT Qubeka has been named by the National Arts Festival as the winner of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Film. Born in the Karoo and raised in East London, Qubeka's films have screened in LA, San Francisco, New York, Florida, Cannes, Stolkholm, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Egypt, Nigeria, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Busan in South Korea and Mumbai in India. He credits his filmmaking education to his mentor, fashion photographer and filmmaker Daron Chatz.

His HIV documentary Talk To Me (2005) won 5 international awards including a George Foster Peabody Award (for broadcasting), The Rose D'Or (Social Awareness Award), The Japan Prize (Best programme: education category) and awards at The Chicago International Film Festival (Gold Hugo Award), and World Media Festival (Gold Intermedia-globe)....


2010 film winner

Claire Angelique, 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for film, is an explosion of boundary-pushing creative expression, in the most literal sense of the word. She is also the first female recipient of this award.

Angelique is not only one of South Africa's edgiest upcoming scriptwriters and filmmakers, but also an award-winning choreographer, dancer and video-artist. In between juggling multiple creative careers, she has managed 15 bands and DJ's, coordinated national community radio youth programmes, ventured into public relations, and writes for many of the major contemporary South African arts, music...