We are a black owned company, with 51% of the equity owned by MSG Afrika Media (pty) ltd. Company directors are Given Mkhari, Simphiwe Mdalose, Harriet Gavshon and David Jammy.
We are a certified level 3 BBBEE company, and have a longstanding formal internship programme for developing new talent.
The company mission includes merging producing experience and skills with the perspectives and energy of new creative voices. Many of South Africa's foremost directors and producers have cut their teeth on productions with Quizzical Pictures.
Our commitment to excellence has won us countless awards over the years, including a prestigious Peabody Award for Intersexions, and a Rose D'Or for Hopeville.
NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FOUNDATION INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2017
SAFTA 2017 Nominees
Best TV Comedy
Those Who Can't.
Achievement in Art/Production Design - TV Comedy
Those Who Can't
Best Achievement in Wardrobe, Make-up and Hair - TV Comedy
Those Who Can't
Rochelle Selling and Silindile Dladla
Best Actress - TV Comedy
Chantal Herman as Sylvia Hiscock
Those Who Can't
Best Actor - TV Comedy
Grant Swanby as Victor Virgil
Those Who Can't
Best Supporting Actress - TV Comedy
Sylvaine Strike as Agatha
Kate Normington as Desiree Young
Robyn Scott as Marlena Heinkel
Those Who Can't
Best Achievement in Directing - TV Comedy
Those Who Can’t
Tim Greene, Zee Ntuli and Daniel Zimbler
P.S - GOOD LUCK! YOU MAKE US ALL SHINE!!
SAFTA 2016 Winners
Quizzical Pictures is delighted to have received the following awards for our various productions:.
Best TV Drama
Umlilo: Quizzical Pictures
Best Achievement in Cinematography - TV Drama
Umlilo – Jonathan De La Querra
Best Achievement in Art / Design Production - TV Drama
Umlilo– Vallery Greonewald
Best Achievement in Script-writing – TV Drama
Umlilo - Writing Team
Best Achievement in Art / Design Production - TV Comedy
Those Who Can't– Amanda Scholtz
Best Achievement in Script-writing – TV Comedy
Those Who Can't - Writing Team
Best Achievement in Cinematography - TV Comedy
Those Who Can't – Brendan Barnes
Best Achievement for Lead Actress - TV Comedy
Those Who Can't – Robyn Scott
Best TV Soap
Rhythm City: Quizzical Pictures
Best Achievement in Script-writing -TV Soap
Rhythm City : Writing Team
Best Achievement in Directing -TV Soap
Rhythm City : Directing Team- Eric Mogale, Siyabonga Mkhize, Heather Cooke
Best Achievement in Sound Design- TV Movie
RISE: Janno Muller
Best Achievement in Editing- TV Movie
RISE: Kholofelo Malatshi
“We are delighted that once again our work has been recognised by our peers”, says Harriet Gavshon, Managing Director of Quizzical Pictures. “Congratulations must go to the talented writers, directors, actors, art directors, sound designers, costume designers, the exceptional production and technical crews that we are so lucky to work with, and the broadcasters and donors who have made it possible.
The Quizzical Pictures 2016 Internship Programme kicks off
The Quizzical Pictures internship programme has just accepted their 2016 intake of six interns. The internship programme is designed to fulfil the company’s mission of developing new talent in the film and television production industry.
The ten month programme offers work experience, workshops and guidance for young people who want to enter the film industry and who have a tertiary qualification in any field. “It is not every day where young people are given the opportunity to share and express their ideas and talents, this is a great opportunity most young people would dream of”, says Buhle Mofulatsi, one of the six 2016 interns at Quizzical Pictures.
Quizzical Pictures has had an internship programme for many years. However, in 2013, Quizzical Pictures started working with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency established by the Department of Arts and Culture to ensure the equitable growth of the South African film and video industry, with an objective to increase the number of people trained in the industry. “The whole experience was eye opening and I accumulated top industry standard skills that no one can ever take away from me, meaning that I can work at any production company or project and deliver good work”, says Mandla Mbatha, one of the 2013 interns who is now working for Out of Africa Entertainment as an In House Production accountant.
With a mission of merging experience and skills with the energy and perspectives of new creative voices, Quizzical Pictures encourages the interns to work on actual productions rather than merely job shadow or observe. “This internship programme gave me the opportunity to work in quality projects that are big on television, as a result it has boosted my confidence in my work”, says Alutha Mlisana, one of the 2014 interns, currently working as an editor on the third season of the e.tv drama series, Umlilo. “It is an great feeling to get to see your work on television, my experience at Quizzical Pictures as an intern was tremendous”, says Quizzical Pictures’ previous intern, Banele Mtebele. Like Alutha, Banele Mtebele is also one of the previous years’ interns who are still with Quizzical Pictures, now working as an editor and script translator for the SAFTA winning best TV soap Rhythm City.
Quizzical Pictures is a black owned production company. It produces some of South Africa’s most interesting work including Umlilo, Rhythm City, Ya’Lla, Doubt as well as feature films such as iNumber Number, Nothing for Mahala, and Inside Story. “98% of our interns are successfully working in the industry” says Managing Director Harriet Gavshon. “It’s something we are very proud of.”
Internships for 2017 will be announced on our facebook page
Quizzical Pictures is a full-service production company, and we offer our clients end-to-end service from concept to delivery.
- We own and operate five FCP edit suites, and one ProTools sound studio.
- Our screening room can accommodate 15 people and has a three meter 16:9 screen.
- We have a small green-screen studio, ideal for castings, pack-shots and interviews.
- Operating at capacity, our open plan offices can accommodate fifty staffers and we have three boardrooms available for meetings and workshops.
- We have two studios available for dry hire, both studios are 300m2 (15m x 20m). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for enquires