Meet our Spotlight Denise Khumalo. A filmmaker/actress/model born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. Watching her mother become a successful television personality and radio host ignited her passion for filmmaking at an early age. Her vivid imagination and story telling was recognised by many around her.
She moved to America in 2008 in order to pursue her film career, where she received her Bachelors of Science at SUNY Fredonia in Communications: Television and Digital Film. Denise went on to acquire her Master of Fine Art in Filmmaking in Los Angeles, California at the New York Film Academy in 2014. This led to the birth of her production company, Mnandi Productions. It allowed her to be in control of the content she created and to expand as a business. Production companies consist of technical staff who work diligently to bring your work from concept to completion.
Film production does not have a specific blueprint, yes there are guidelines you must follow but with hard work and dedication you can bring any idea to life. Denise has made films with little to no budgets and had to write, shoot and edit her own projects in order to complete them. Teaching yourself the different editing softwares and camera equipment is a huge asset for any independent filmmaker.
Denise has spent over 10 years honing her directorial skills and as a result has achieved great success with her narratives and documentaries. “Khayalami” (My Home) received the award for Best Documentary short at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. In addition, she has received the Entrepreneurship Award at the Leadership Africa Summit.
She is currently in production on a feature documentary titled “Unconventional” and is the host of the debate talk show “Cultural Exchange”.
Website : http://denisekhumalo.com/
Instagram: @makhu (African Spice) https://www.instagram.com/makhu/
Youtube : Mnandi Productions
Business IG: @mnandiproductions