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FemaleFilmmakerFriday features Multi-Talented Writer, Director, and Producer Onthatile Omolemo Nthathe

Owethu Maseko

I feel incredibly lucky to be living out what I consider to be the highlight of my career. I’m currently participating in the Pitch, Persuade, Produce pitching incubator by CTIAF, which is made possible through a partnership with the United States Consulate General. The opportunities I’ve had to learn from some of the most talented and respected leaders in the animation industry have been nothing short of amazing. As if that weren’t enough, I’m even slated to pitch at Fame Week! Needless to say, I’m beyond excited.
My biggest inspirations come from the stories and experiences that help us to unlock our courage, strength, and identity. I find inspiration everywhere – in the natural world, in art, and in films that challenge the way we think and feel about the world. Through these mediums, I’m constantly exploring my own path in life and discovering new ways to find my place in the world. For me, creativity thrives when I give it the space it needs to breathe and grow. That’s why I make it a point to take long morning walks, preferably outside in nature, to reset and recharge. These walks are like a clean canvas – they offer me a sense of clarity and the freedom to open myself up to new ideas. As someone who’s always curious and eager to learn, I tend to find inspiration everywhere I turn. This infectious sense of inquisitiveness is what drives my passion for trying new things and exploring new ideas. As a woman working in film and television, I knew from the start that my contributions had to be about more than just creating content. I co-founded Blackhut Films, and from day one, my focus has been on telling stories that are authentic, inspiring, and reshaping the norms. I believe strongly in the power of women’s voices and am passionate about ensuring that our stories are heard. My goal is to inspire and uplift both representation within the industry and women’s leadership in business. I feel incredibly lucky to be living out what I consider to be the highlight of my career. I’m currently participating in the Pitch, Persuade, Produce pitching incubator by CTIAF, which is made possible through a partnership with the United States Consulate General. The opportunities I’ve had to learn from some of the most talented and respected leaders in the animation industry have been nothing short of amazing. As if that weren’t enough, I’m even slated to pitch at Fame Week! Needless to say, I’m beyond excited. I cannot speak highly enough of the SWIFT sisterhood and the unwavering support they provide. Their community is truly a haven for creatives in our industry, and it’s heartwarming to know that they have our best interests at heart. Through their countless opportunities and guidance, I feel empowered to pursue my dreams and grow as a creator. When it comes to inspiration, my dad is my ultimate muse. Whether I’m on set or in the pre-production phase, he’s there every step of the way – and for good reason. In his younger years, he was a videographer himself, so he knows the ins and outs of the craft. His trusty old Panasonic M40 camera has a place of honour in my office, reminding me of all the incredible stories he’s told throughout his career. Additionally, my dogs have become my muses as well (I’ll proudly admit to being a major dog mom!)
  • At present, my focus lies in the following projects:
    1. Working on an animation short film, “The weeping riparian: A Riverine Rabbit’s tale,” which is funded by the National Film and Video Foundation and is part of the CTIAF Pitch, Persuade, Produce pitching incubator.
    2. I am currently producing a feature film titled “Maternal,” which we’re developing through the Durban FilmMart SA Jumpstart Script Development Lab in partnership with Produire au Sud (Festival des 3 Continents).
    3. Our GFC-funded documentary, “Combing through Hairitage,” is coming soon, along with other projects that are currently in development.