Director of commercials, film & series

Xolelwa Nhlabatsi

“Hi, I'm Xolelwa, a filmmaker with over 15 years in the game and international experience, dedicated to infusing hope and a touch of enchantment into my work, inspiring audiences worldwide.”


Client: Chicken Licken

Agency: Joe Public

Triple Story Production

Client: Brand South Africa

Olamuk Production

Client: Chicken Licken

Agency: Joe Public

Triple Story Production

Client: Edgars

Wicked Pixels Production

Branded content

Client: Brand South Africa

Triple Story Production

Client: Woolworths

Rumanya Films Production

Client: Brand South Africa

Triple Story Production

Client: We Are Bizarre

Blackweather Production

films & series

E! VIP season 2

Series 2023

nefarious creatures

Short film 2022

A deep dive that showcases

the lives of Africa’s celebrities.

What happens when a valuable

suitcase goes missing?


web series 2020

A man must come to terms with being dumped on the day of his girlfriend’s birthday.

lost in the world

short film 2015

A police officer is out to avenge

the death of her girlfriend.

I am Xolelwa, a filmmaker with a unique approach to storytelling which is my ability to reflect reality through the lens of embellishment mixed with some silliness and hope.

Throughout my career, I've had the privilege of working with renowned international brands such as the BBC, Brand South Africa and Chicken Licken.

Notably, I recently directed the second season of E! Entertainment's VIP, offering an in-depth exploration of African celebrities. This season featured notable stars such as Yemi Alade, Fireboy DML, Nasty C & paid tribute to the late Riky Rick.

My debut short film, "Lost in the World," garnered international recognition by being nominated for Best Short Film at Film Africa in London. Additionally, it was selected to screen at prestigious festivals such as the Thessaloniki LGBTQ Festival in Greece, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival, and the London Short Film Festival.

My work has been featured in renowned publications including Rolling Stone, Elle, Okay Africa, and ID-Vice. Notably, ID-Vice named my film "The Best of the Night" in the New Queer Visions segment at the London Short Film Festival, further validating my talent and storytelling approach.

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