Our practical education and socially progressive films have attracted accolades on both a domestic and international stage. Our graduate work is widely distributed to broadcasters and film festivals from all over the world, as well as NGO’s for maximum exposure and selective bookshops and others.

Our projects have been showcased on the SABC, e.TV, Mzansi Magic and the BBC, and at festivals like the Oberhausen International Film Festival; the Montreal Black Film Festival, the Tri-Continental Film Festival; the Shanghai Gold Panda Awards; and the Silicon Valley African Film Festival in California.

We are also one of the few film schools invited to participate in social justice forums, conferences, festivals and workshops around the world, where our films are shown for the purpose of global engagement and education.

Film Festivals – Awards & Nominations

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Emmy awards

2017

  • I Walk Alone Nominated for a SAFTA award for Best Achievement in Directing.  Video here

2016

  • Oswenka (Dignity in a Three Piece Suit) by Nondumiso Buthelezi: Best Artistic Achievement for a director of a student film, Luxor Film Festival – Cairo, Egypt.  Video here
  • Oswenka (Dignity in a Three Piece Suit) by Nondumiso Buthelezi: Won 1st prize for the Mnet/Kyknet Silweskerm fees.
  • Sea Skeletons won 2nd Prize for the Mnet/Kyknet Silweskerm fees. Video here
  • Looking for Khosi Khosi by Joyce Nkgaplele: Won Best Documentary of the Year at the African Student Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Mamajara by Joyce Nkgaplele: Won Best Cinematography at the African student Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Oswenka (Dignity in a Three Piece Suit) by Nondumiso Buthelezi: Award Emerging Filmmaker at Silicon Valley Film Festival in the USA.
  • Khula Ndoda (Grow up Man) by Kamogelo Mabizela: Awards Achievement in documentary film at Silicon Valley Film Festival in the USA. Video here

2015

  • Black Wednesday by Myolisi Sikupela:  An Advanced Course won the Best Documentary of the year at the African Student Film Festival, in Lagos Nigeria. Video here

2014

  • My Zulu Lessons by director Muchaneta Manyegavana: A first year film, won Emerging Filmmaker at Silicon Valley African Film Festival in the USA. Video here
  • My Zulu Lessons by producer/actor Alpha Mthembu: A first year film, won Emerging Filmmaker at Silicon Valley African in the USA.
  • Horseman by Oupa Maesela: winner of the 2014 Best Documentary of the year at the African Student Film Festival, Lagos Nigeria Video here

2013

  • Sea Skeletons by Tamsyn Reynolds: received a SAFTA Award for best cinematography for a short film in a Professional Category. Video here
  • My Last Swim by Lesego Lediga: A first year film, won the Best Short at the Montreal Black International Film Festival. Video here
  • Dada the Dancing Swan by Mduduzi Janda: winner of the Gold Panda Special Jury award for Fiction at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.
  • Sea Skeletons by Tamsyn Reynolds: winner of the Gold Panda award for Best Documentary for Nature and Environment at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.
  • My Last Swim by Lesego Lediga: nominated for a Gold Panda award for Best Photography for a Documentary at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.
  • The Wives of Miya by Pumlani Veto: nominated for a Gold Panda award for Best Documentary for Anthropology at the Sichuan TV Festival in China. Video here
  • The Less Grass There is for my Cattle by Mapula Sibanda: nominated for a Gold Panda award for Best Documentary for Nature and Environment at the Sichuan TV Festival in China. Video here
  • Beauty Beyond Colour by Stanford Gibson: winner of Best Short Film at the Mpumalanga Short Film Festival. Video here
  • My Last Swim by Lesego Lediga: winner of Best Director award at the Mpumalanga Short Film Festival.
  • Lala Kahle Mama by Speelman Mabena: winner of Best Film Score at the Mpumalanga Short Film Festival. Video here
  • The Inner View by Sive Runeli: winner of Best Documentary Award in the ‘Class of 2013’ Programme at the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival. Video here
  • Beauty Beyond Colour by Stanford Gibson: winner of Documentary Short Film Award at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival in the USA.

2012

  • Sea Skeletons, Magpies of Barrydale, African Queen, and I want to be a Tea Pot: invited to the BMW Munich Creative Business Week. Video here
  • Girl Fight by Phumlani Veto: special recognition award – achievement in documentary film at Silicon Valley African Film Festival. Video here
  • Paving Forward by Mthokozisi Lembethe: winner of Best Short at the Tri Continental Film Festival. Video here
  • Growing Hope by Wiseman Mabusela: winner of Siemens CityStories Contest, competing against film schools from Berlin, Beijing, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney. Video here
  • Homeless in Afghani by Paul Siziwe: winner of Best Documentary at Nigerian African Student Film Festival. Video here
  • Philia by Zamani Mkhwanazi: winner of Best Director and Cinematography at Nigerian African Student Film Festival. Video here
  • Philia by Zamani Mkhwanazi: winner of Best Soundtrack at the Nigerian African Student Film Festival.
  • Ubuntu Has No Borders by Mduduzi Janda: TAG Special Mention for Best Editor – produced for the “Action for Conflict Transformation” charity. Video here
  • Driving Blind by Mamta Ramjee: TAG Special Mention for Best Concept – produced for “Arrive Alive”.
  • Fighting Homophobia: TAG Special Mention for Best Soundtrack, Musa Maluleke – produced for the “Forum for the Empowerment of Women” (FEW). Video here

2011

  • Atrophy by Palesa Shongwe: winner of the Oberhausen Short Documentary Prize. Video here

2010

  • BBC World Series My Country South Africa broadcast six documentary films globally. Three of these were made by Big Fish students.
  • Missing Children: Best newcomer at the M-Net TAG awards. Video here
  • Big Fish: winner of the prestigious Stevie International Business Award, for Media Affecting Change – Transformation and Democracy.
  • Vuka! Rising Star Award won by three Big Fish students for the public service announcement (PSA) they made for POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) against verbal and physical abuse of women.

2009

  • Soul Train by Thabo Bruno Mokoena: winner of the Golden Panda Award for best documentary cinematography at China Sichuan TV Festival. Video here
  • Big Fish: winner of the prestigious Stevie International Business Award, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Big Fish student films win 1st and 2nd prizes at the National Bafundi Film Festival.

2008

  • Big Fish: Recipient of the ‘Investing in Culture’ Platinum award presented by the then Minister of Arts and Culture, Minister Z. Pallo Jordan, in recognition of excellence in technical innovation, capacity building and sustainability for outstanding performance.
  • Big Fish student films win 1st and 2nd prizes at the National Bafundi Film Festival.