07 May 2019, News

AFDA alumnus Ofentse Mwase is a cinematographer and filmmaker widely known as the prolific and wildy talented “unclescrooch” on Instagram boasting over 150 000 followers.

He grew up in Rustenburg in the North West Province, and now resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ofentse’s infatuation with film and cameras started in 2005 and led to his enrolment at AFDA to study film and cinematography, where he graduated with an Honours Degree in Cinematography in 2011.

Along with fellow alumni, Motheo Moeng and Marius Van Graan, Ofentse won the Best Achievement in Cinematography for the TV Drama “Tjovitjo” at the SAFTA’s 2018. He won the Best Cinematography Award at the Discover Film Awards in London 2017 for his work on the multi-award winning short film, The Hangman, directed by fellow alumni Zwelethu Radebe.  His best achievement thus far as a Music Video director was winning Music Video of the Year in the 2017 South African Music Awards (SAMA) for his video for Miss Pru titled Ameni’

He was voted AFDA Best Cinematographer of 2010 for this work on the Short film IGOLIDE, shot on 16mm Kodak film. Further accolades at AFDA include a nomination for Best Cinematography for his work on the short film “The Hajji” shot in in 2011.

Thato, a Sterkinekor commercial shot in 2011 on 35mm Kodak Film by Ofentse was nominated for the prestigious Loerie Award and went on to win a Silver Loerie in the Student Commercials category.

Ofentse created his production company OM Films in 2009, while still studying at AFDA and with over 10 years of experience in Film, Commercials and Music Videos, Ofentse is set to be one to look out for in the South African film industry as he continues to be involved in great projects for TV, commercials and film.

Check out his list of Awards

Best Film: ISAZELA (2009 Joburg Arts Festival)
Best Cinematographer: IGOLIDE (AFDA 2010 Awards)
Nominated for Best Cinematography: The Hajji (AFDA 2011 Awards)
Best Film: The Hajji (AFDA 2011 Awards)
Best Commercial: Thato (AFDA 2011 Awards)
Silver Loerie: Thato (Loerie Awards 2012)
Official Selection: The Hajji (Durban International Film Festival 2013)
Best Music Video: Lundi – Noma Sekutheni Na (Crown Gospel Awards 2014)
Best Music Video: Roll Up – Emtee (Metro FM Awards 2016)
Best Music Video: Miss Pru – Ameni (SAHHA 2016)
Music Video of the Year: Miss Pru – Ameni (SAMA 2017)
Best Short Film: Durban International Film Festival 2017 – The Hangman

Best Short Film: Zanzibar International Film Festival 2017 – The Hangman
Sembene Ousman Award of Excellence: Zanzibar International Film Festival 2017 – The Hangman
Best in Fest: Discover Film Awards London 2017 – The Hangman Short Film
Best International Drama: Discover Film Awards London 2017 – The Hangman Short Film
Best Critics Award: Kasi Film Festival 2017 – The Hangman Short Film
Jury Award: Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival 2017
Best Cinematography: Discover Film Awards London 2017 – The Hangman Short Film

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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