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“Citizens must be given alternatives through images of self because it will give them the option to form their own views on life around them. In that way they won’t lose hope that they can be actors in the transformation of their own realities. This is where image plays such a capital role. The entrenchment of African Cinema on local soil is an emergency which nothing must divert from and upon which Africa’s cultural survival depends” – Gaston Kabore


Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and Layla Swart founded Yellowbone Entertainment, a leading production company, in 2017 following years of hard-earned grit and determination to transform the South African film and television landscape. 

The company has experienced nothing short of incredible success since its inception, winning numerous awards each year at the African Movie Academy Awards and the South African Film and Television Awards, among others. 

The Queenstown Kings, Knuckle City, Blood Psalms, You’re My Favourite Place, and Sew The Winter To My Skin, to name a few, are just a few of the diverse success stories that have helped shape the brave and innovative essence of Yellowbone Entertainment.

Open Call

Yellowbone Entertainment in partnership with the National Film & Video Foundation Calls for Second Year of NFVF Female Filmmaker Project: Love Is a Mystery

Yellowbone Entertainment, a powerhouse in South African film production, in collaboration with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is thrilled to open submissions for the second year of the Female Filmmaker Project. Pioneering empowerment for underrepresented voices, Yellowbone Entertainment, alongside partners; SABC, KwaZulu Natal Film Commission, and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, remain steadfast in their dedication to nurturing diversity and sparking creativity within the film industry.

We’re inviting aspiring female filmmakers to unleash their creativity and be part of an empowering initiative that goes beyond filmmaking.

In the 2024 leg of the Female Filmmaker Project, we’re embarking on a journey to unravel the mysteries of love. Love is a multifaceted concept that defies easy explanation, and we’re inviting filmmakers to delve into its enigmatic depths through their unique lens. Whether it’s a romance, a thriller that delves into the darker aspects of passion, or a comedy that finds hilarity in the absurdities of love, we’re eager to explore the myriad interpretations of this timeless theme.

Click through to the full call for submissions, dive into the details, and join us in shaping the future of storytelling. Together, let’s amplify diverse voices, foster creativity, and bring compelling narratives to life.


Deadline: 7 April 2024