Who We Are & What We Do
Bongiwe Selane (PTY) LTD t/a Blingola Media is a Johannesburg based Film and Television Production company headed up by award winning producer Bongiwe Selane. Bongiwe has executively produced over 30 short films both in South Africa and across the continent of Africa, through M-Net’s New Directions Project; a skills developmental initiative that she headed up for 6 years whilst a broadcast executive at M-Net (2001- 2009).
Blingola Media is currently producing the NFVF’s Female Only Filmmaker Slate Project – a skills development initiative made possible by the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, a statutory body of the government tasked to developing the film industry in South Africa. The Female Only Filmmaker Project seeks to up-skill and unearth female filmmakers, particularly writers and directors from previously disadvantaged background, and mentor them through their first short films. 26 films have been produced since 2014 under the theme - Negotiating Spaces, with some having screened at International Film Festival. UNomalanga and the Witch was the winner of the Best Short Film Award in 2015 at the Durban International Film Festival and Panic Button and A Cup of Sugar nominated for Best Short Film at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2016.
Based on the novel Happiness is a Four-letter Word by Cynthia Jele, she produced the film with Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed.
Bongiwe’s first feature film, Happiness is a Four-letter- Word, released in February 2016 made it to No: 3 on opening weekend, making it the best performing film of all new releases.