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.

Happiness is a Four-letter- Word

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.

Our Work


Current Work

Female Only Filmmaker Project

The Female Only Filmmaker Project is an intervention by the National Film and Video Foundation together with Blingola, to provide recent female entrants into the industry, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with other women. Under the theme Negotiating Spaces this is an effort to avoid stereotypical and clichéd themes usually associated with women films.

Meet the founder

The Enabler of Dreams

Bongiwe Selane

Executive Producer

Bongiwe Selane is an award-winning producer with credits behind her that include Culture Shock, the 2013 SAFTA winner for best reality show, Best South African Short Film at DIFF in 2015 for the short film, Unomalanga and The Witch. Her producing credits include New Directions – M-Net’s skills development initiative that she headed for 8 years which saw the production of over 30 short films across the African continent.

She also produced a documentary series called Great Africans for Africa Magic Entertainment. Broadcast in 2014, the series profiled African icons including Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere, Wole Soyinka and Wangari Maathai. Bongiwe is currently producing the NFVF’s Female Only Filmmaker project, a series of short narrative films by women filmmakers. Happiness is a Four-Letter- Word is her first feature film.

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