MAQamovie finalists prepare for their one shot at fame

MAQaMOVIE Team (from left to right): Vusizwe Langa (MC and Presenter), Nomzamo Mbatha (MAQaMOVIE judge and actress), Sdumo Mtshali (MAQaMOVIE judge and actor),Jacqueline Jacobs (Sales and Marketing Director of Bliss Brands), Shona Ferguson (MAQaMOVIE judge, actor and producer) and Darrel Roodt (MAQaMOVIE judge and film director).

The MAQamovie semi-finals at Bassline Johannesburg saw celebrity judges Shona Ferguson, Sdumo Mtshali, Nomzamo Mbatha and Darrell Roodt selecting 15 finalists from 50 extremely talented amateur actors.

The semi-finalists were chosen from thousands of individuals who auditioned for a chance to be cast in one of 5 roles in a new South African movie by Phoenix Films. Directed by film industry stalwart Darrell Roodt, the film will showcase the talent of these five unknowns.

Jacqueline Jacobs, Sales and Marketing Director of MAQ Washing powder says: “The response to MAQamovie has been phenomenal, overwhelming in fact! The judges were blown away by the talent. Every person brought their best to the stage and demonstrated their skill. MAQamovie is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a foot in the door of the film industry and the finalists have really put their best foot forward!”

MAQamovie is one of many competitions brightening the lives of South Africans. A previous competition, MAQapella, was a search for a new MAQ song. Thousands of singers and singing groups entered from all over South Africa. The prize was phenomenal with the winners – Hashtag – walking away with a cash prize, a studio recording session and a music video. And the best prize of all – MAQ got a new song!

With MAQamovie, the competition is fierce with 15 enormously talented individuals preparing for the finals, which will be happening on the 11th of April 2015.

The finalists are:

  1. France Mogoboya from Limpopo
  2. Mthandeni Mbambo from KwaZulu-Natal
  3. Alibongwe Khumalo from KwaZulu-Natal
  4. Sizwe Nyameni from KwaZulu-Natal
  5. Sibusiso Meti from Eastern Cape
  6. Nozigqibo Apolisi from Eastern Cape
  7. Thabo Mabaso from North West
  8. Noxolo Simayi from North West
  9. Papiso Keogatile from North West
  10. Sinethemba Ngwenya from Gauteng
  11. Kgosiemang Moholo from Gauteng
  12. Mahlobo Ngubeni from Gauteng
  13. Thato Seeko from Gauteng
  14. Danisile Ntuli from Gauteng
  15. Makgato Machaba from Gauteng


MAQaMOVIE Semi-Finalists
MAQaMOVIE Semi-Finalists: The MAQaMOVIE semi-finalists at Bassline Johannesburg