THABANG MOLEYA

FILMMAKER | DIRECTOR 

 

Born in the humble township of Tembisa, South Africa, Thabang Moleya was inspired from an early age to appreciate art and film. In his first year of high school, M-NET hired him to be a presenter on K-T.V and here he found that he loved being in front of, and behind the camera. He and two friends were granted access to the post-production facilities and equipment, and they started experimenting with making short films.

 

After high-school Thabang took a year off and decided to continue presenting. He saved enough money to move to Cape Town and spent three gruelling years in an intense course in Film and Television Production Techniques at City Varsity.

 

Here he was awarded numerous achievements, including Best Short Film at Sithenghi Film Festival (Jameson Award), a nomination in the Durban International Film Festival and winning numerous awards for Public Service Announcements in Dubai and South Africa (VUKA AWARDS), Cannes International Critc Week, Tampere Film Festival in Finland, 16th Africa Film Festival in Milan (as well as having the privilege of being the youngest director to ever compete in that Festival).

 

In his third year, he shadowed his mentor on a series called Interrogation Room, and after directing a few scenes here and there, he was offered to direct four episodes: this was the beginning of his career in long form storytelling.


Thabang's showreel is extensive in the drama genre, having directed JOZI H, an international medical drama series which was aired in South Africa and Canada. He later moved to local drama series and directed Jacobs Cross, The LAB, Zone 14, Sokhulu and Partners.

 

When Sokhulu and Partners got an IEMMY Nomination, and we were flown to New York, it was an unbelievable experience that further made it evident that this was Thabang's true calling: to tell stories and open people's hearts. He also finds it extremely important to empower, motivate and inspire others, so when time allows, he gives guest lectures at different institutions.

 

Thabang is now moving into the realm of commercials and has been fortunate to have worked with some of the top advertsing agencies in SA. His ultimate dream is to one day open his own film school.

 

 

www.thabangmoleya.co.za