THE FUTURE OF
AFRICAN CONTENT CREATION
“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
Yellowbone Entertainment was co-founded by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and Layla Swart in 2016 after years of research and due diligence on the number of opportunities available in the South African industry that were often reserved for the previously advantaged. What followed the inception of the company is nothing short of amazing – an incredible list of successes with different films and television series being produced every year, and multiple significant successes catapulting Yellowbone Entertainment to be amongst the very top of the South African content creation offering.
Their first film called “Stillborn” was selected as the only South African film to form part of the 1st Brics co-production executive produced by China’s acclaimed Jia Zhangke, and their second film “Sew the Winter to my Skin”, won numerous awards including multiple SAFTAS and AMAAs and was selected to represent South Africa at the 2019 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language category.
Their third film “Knuckle city” continues to take the world by storm after being licensed by Showtime USA (A first for an African indigenous language title) winning the most SAFTAS at the 2020 SAFTA Awards, and being the most nominated film for the upcoming African Movie Academy Awards it was also chosen to represent South Africa in the Best International Film Category of the Oscars 2020, making Yellowbone Entertainment the ONLY company in the history of the South African industry to claim this feat. Their fourth film, Valedictory is currently in post-production and Yellowbone Entertainment are making history, just having completed production on the epic scale “African Game of Thrones” series called Blood Psalms – set 11000 years ago. The largest television series production made 100% locally by a 100% black owned production house.
Their films have cleaned up at the South African Film and Television Awards and the African Movie Academy Awards every year, and many winners in multiple categories such as Hair and Make Up and Production Design are young black creatives changing the landscape of South African film on each of their projects.
Yellowbone Entertainment has been featured in multiple media platforms as a company of note with a strong record of accomplishment in the South African Film and Entertainment Industry.
Since 2017 Yellowbone Entertainment have produced 6 multiple award winning films that are of the highest international standard and are authentically local. Please contact us should you be interested in accessing the films.
Recently venturing into the high-end television landscape, Yellowbone Entertainemnt makes a mark with BLOOD PSALMS currently in Post-Production expected for a 2022 release.
MEET THE TEAM
Layla Swart was born on February 29th 1988 in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her undergraduate degree in the exclusive Film and Media Production stream at the University of Cape Town, and went on to complete her postgraduate degree in Film Practice and Theory in 2009. Layla has found success as a Film Producer and Editor in South Africa.
Layla is an advocate for authentic South African cinema and is contributing significantly to the expansion of the industry in South Africa.
JAHMIL X.T. QUBEKA
Award-Winning Filmmaker and screenwriter Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s career has spanned over 15 years covering an entire spectrum of filmmaking disciplines. Most notably, his documentary and feature film work has enjoyed screenings at various prestigious international film festivals including Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, London International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival (Korea), Dubai Film Festival amongst others.
In 2005 an AIDS documentary he directed for Sesame Street won the prestigious Peabody Award in America for best actuality programming.