Boondogle Films specialises in telling stories that meet African needs and challenge common perceptions of the continent. Our core team works with a network of specialised freelancers, and is also committed to providing training opportunities for up-and-coming filmmakers.
Most recently, Boondogle Films produced Tess (2016), released in South African cinemas in February 2017. Tess was picked up for international sales by The Little Film Company of Los Angeles/ London. The film won best South African Film at the Durban International Film Festival, as well as the Best Editing and Best Actress awards; and at the Silwerskermfees won the Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Actress awards.
Prior to Tess, Boondogle Films produced 1994: The Bloody Miracle. This feature documentary, which counts down to South Africa’s first democratic elections, was broadcast on eNCA and eTV throughout Africa as well as by the Netherlands’ VPRO. The documentary won the audience award at the Durban International Film Festival and the South African Screenwriters’ Guild award for best documentary script. The film opened the Nobel Peace Laureate Youth Summit, as well as the Watch Africa Festival in Wales, and was screened in several cities as part of the ‘Freedom Tour’ in the UK.
1994: The Bloody Miracle has been used extensively as a tool to spark debate, for instance by the Cypriot peace initiative and by the Young African Leader’s Programme. Boondogle Films has also collaborated with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to screen the film at educational institutions throughout South Africa to initiate dialogue around democracy and the complexity of reconciliation.
Although Boondogle Films usually generates its own content, if the project is right, we do offer certain services, including: