Bongiwe Selane (nee Ngcobo)
Bongiwe Selane is an award-winning producer who has produced across several mediums, including commissioned serial content for Africa’s largest pay-TV broadcaster, multiple short films, a feature film and a documentary series. Her credits and accolades include Culture Shock, the 2013 SAFTA winner for best reality show; Best South African Short Film at The Durban International Film Festival in 2015 for uNomalanga and The Witch, Great Africans – a documentary series for Africa Magic Entertainment, and she was the first recipient of the NFVF’s Female Only Filmmakers Project, which saw her produce a series of 26 short narrative films by women filmmakers. Happiness is a Four-Letter Word is her debut feature film which was released in February 2016 and is the best performing local film of 2016 in S.A. She co-produced This is not a Burial, it’s a Resurrection by writer/director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese which won the Visionary Award at Sundance in 2020. Bongiwe’s most recent honours include being appointed Overall Chairperson of the South African Film and TV Awards (2019), and selected African producer to participate at the Rotterdam Producers Lab (International Film Festival Rotterdam). She is also the Festival Director for the Johannesburg International Film Festival.
Bongiwe is an alumna of the Durban Film Mart, the Rotterdam Producers Lab, La Fabrique Cinema de L'Institut Francais (Cannes), Produire au Sud Workshop in Nantes France, and the prestigious Venice Biennale Cinema College. In 2018, she was awarded a full scholarship by Creative Media Europe to participate in the year-long EAVE Producers Workshop (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) and is currently the African Ambassador for EAVE.