“Spinners”: The First African Series Nominated for Best Series at CANNESERIES

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Cape Town has always been a hub for talented African artists and filmmakers. Now, Mother City has yet another reason to celebrate, as its first-ever African-produced Series has been nominated for Best Series at the sixth edition of CANNESERIES.

The Series

“Spinners,” an eight-episode action-drama series, is a joint production between French production company Empreinte Digitale and South African production company Natives at Large. The Series showcases the daily life of gangs in the Cape Town projects and follows the main character as he finds redemption in Spinning, a new automobile sport that involves making artistic figures with damaged cars. “Spinners” promises to be a hit with audiences worldwide, with Showmax set to feature the Series later this year.

Nomination and Recognition

The nod for Best Series shows how hard the cast and team worked and how much they cared about the show. The award is based only on quality, not where it was made, so “Spinners” is the first African Series to win in this prestigious category. Albin Lewi, who runs CANNESERIES as its Artistic Director, says:

We see a rise in African productions, and more and more producers, artists, and marketers interested in African content are contacting us. The only thing that matters in the judging is the show’s quality, not where it comes from. The fact that “Spinners” is the first African show to be nominated shows how good it is, and we hope to see more African masks selected in the future.

Production Companies

Empreinte Digitale, one of the companies that made “Spinners,” has a track record of producing high-quality material for local and foreign viewers. Ramadan Suleman, who started the Johannesburg-based company Natives at Large and made “Zulu Love Letter,” shown in Venice and Toronto in 2004, is one of the people who work on the show.

Future of African-Produced Content

The fact that “Spinners” did well at the CANNESERIES is a good sign for the future of material made in Africa. It shows how the entertainment business can grow and be successful and reminds us how important it is to support and invest in local talent and creativity. From September 4 to 6, 2023, MIP Africa will return to Cape Town. This is a great chance to find the next wave of African stories.


In conclusion, “Spinners” is a gem that shows how popular material made in Africa is becoming worldwide. Critics have praised the Series, which has helped bring African stories to the forefront of foreign media. As people eagerly wait for “Spinners” to come out on Showmax later this year, the Series has already made a big difference in the entertainment business and will continue to do so in the future.

Journalist and Cultural Enthusiast. Oliver is an inquisitive, open-minded, and culturally curious journalist who has a deep appreciation for Cape Town's diverse arts and entertainment scene. As a local, he has an extensive network of contacts within the city's cultural institutions, allowing him to stay abreast of the latest events and happenings.

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