Big Fish students win Rising Star award


Students at the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking won the inaugural Rising Star award at the M-Net Vuka! Awards in Johannesburg on 30 November for their production, Mantlwane.

Produced by Lehlohonolo Mokoena, directed by Sanele Makhubu, with Paul Zisiwe as cinematographer and Sanele Makhubu as editor, sound engineer and creative director, this winning Vuka! Public Service Announcement (PSA) was made for the charity, People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA).

Said M-Net’s director of Corporate Marketing and Communications Koo Govender: “The Rising Star Award is a new M-Net Cares initiative. We chose Mantlwane because we were moved by the important message of the PSA which was bravely handled by the young team of filmmakers.’

“We are so excited to be given the chance, not only to win an award, but to create an awareness of the plight of millions of women in our country and are so grateful to M-Net for flighting our promo, and for giving us this opportunity,’ said Sanele Makhubu.

Dr Melanie Chait, CEO of BigFish School of Digital Filmmaking, added  “The recent accolades given to our graduates at the the M-Net Vuka! awards are not only an outstanding achievement for the filmmakers involved but are extremely rewarding to the whole Big Fish team. The fact that our filmmakers are already making their mark shows overwhelmingly that our accelerated, intensive approach to training, with mentoring of productions by top industry professionals is proving very successful.’


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