Bongiwe Selane is an award-winning producer who has produced across several mediums, including commissioned serial content, multiple short films, feature films and a documentary series. Her credits and accolades include Culture Shock, the 2013 SAFTA winner for best reality show and Best South African Short Film at The Durban International Film Festival in 2015 for uNomalanga and The Witch. She was the first recipient of the NFVF’s Female Only Filmmakers Project, which saw her produce 26 short narrative films by women filmmakers. Happiness is a Four-Letter Word is her debut feature film, released in February 2016 and is the best performing local film of 2016 in South Africa. Happiness Ever After is the sequel to Happiness is a Four-Letter Word and is currently streaming on Netflix in 190 countries.
Bongiwe co-produced the award-winning film This is not a Burial, it’s a Resurrection by writer/director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese which won the Visionary Award at Sundance in 2020.
She is currently in post-production on Samantha Nell’s debut feature film titled Do Your Worst and is financing Miles from Nowhere, another feature film written and to be directed by Samantha Nell. Bongiwe is also in late development on a film adaptation of Kopano Matlwa debut novel, Coconut.
Bongiwe is an alumnus of the Durban Film Mart, the Rotterdam Producers Lab, La Fabrique Cinema de L’Institute 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 serving as the African Ambassador for EAVE.