Carbon Films

Carbon Films is a creatively obsessed production company representing award-winning directors. We love great ideas and have the experience and talent pool to bring them to life.

Cape Town

Directors: Bruno Bossi / Daniel Morcos / Jason Fialkov / Laurissa Vergottini / Mzonke Maloney / Porteus Xandau
Executive Producer: Kirsten Clarence

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We produce commercials for both local and international ad agencies and clients.
Our company is built on experience, with creativity at the center, designed to produce great work with great people.

CAPE TOWN OFFICE

9th Floor, 74 Shortmarket Street
Cape Town, 8001

Executive Producer | Kirsten Clarence
021 300 0423

Featured Work

Awarded by IDIDTHAT

AWARDED: CRAFT BEST (Direction Craft)

Jason Fialkov | Carbon Films
City of Cape Town ’16 Days of Activism’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Ryan McManus, Regional CCO at VMLY&R South Africa
December 2019

Judges Comment: “I have to give this to Jason Fialkov for a beautifully directed set of 3 short ads. The performances that make these films are so subtle and nuanced, very well directed, and excellently and simply told. It’s the restraint that makes these films work, which I think can be one of the hardest things for a director to do, particularly when tackling a difficult subject. The kids are completely believable in their roles and the casting and performances are fantastic. The films feel like a moment from a feature film rather than a ‘commercial’, and it leaves the viewer with a powerful truth and importantly, an immediate behavior that can be changed. I like that they inspire action instead of just awareness. Congrats to Jason the team who put this together.”

AWARDED: CRAFT SPECIAL MENTION (Direction Craft)

Rob Smith | Carbon Films
Jeremy Loops ‘What Would I Know’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Ryan McManus, Regional CCO at VMLY&R South Africa
December 2019

Judges Comment: “Rob Smiths film for Jeremy Loops is super original, somewhat strange but engaging piece. It’s one of those fun films that you want to watch and is a good bit of entertainment and an original angle, treatment and story.”

AWARDED: CRAFT SPECIAL MENTION (Direction Craft)

Rob Smith | Carbon Films
PhFat ‘Catherine’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Fran Luckin, CCO at Grey Africa
May 2019

Judges Comment: “This one starts with a boy and a girl on a hill and ends with a haunting. I liked the visual intrigue of the seemingly natural changes of sky and light behind the characters as the camera moved around them. It was visually mesmerising but also made me feel like there was more going on here than was evident at first. Deceptively simple.”

AWARDED: CRAFT SPECIAL MENTION (Direction Craft)

Rob Smith | Carbon Films
‘Sea Bones’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Nathan Reddy, Chairman & Founder of Grid WorldWide
January 2019

Judges Comment: “The ability to hold attention in a very distracted world is epic. Weird yet compelling. Here the craft is more about the tension of the character.”

AWARDED: CRAFT SPECIAL MENTION (Direction Craft)

Bruno Bossi | Carbon Films
Volkswagen Amarok ‘Stuntman’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Bridget Johnson
May 2017

Judges Comment: “Special props to Bruno Bossi for his slick epic, Stuntman, for VW Amarok.  In this spot he manages to combine explosions, stunts, death-drop cliffs, a high-speed chase, a moving pantechnicon, base jumping and a super shiny Amarok, all with his signature polish.”

AWARDED: CRAFT SPECIAL MENTION (Direction Craft)

Bruno Bossi | Carbon Films
DebtBusters ‘Numbers’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Mike Barnwell, Executive Creative Director at FCB Cape Town
February 2017

Judges Comment: “The first is Bruno Bossi’s Debt Busters spot. I think this ad is the perfect blend of tight editing, great sound design and well composed cinematography. But it all would have fallen horribly flat without the very believable performance of the lead character. Bruno does a brilliant job portraying the inner torment this man is going through as he progressively gets himself deeper and deeper into debt. By the end of the ad you have so much empathy for the poor fellow that you desperately want to try help him out yourself. And all of this achieved in a mere 40 seconds. Not easy. Unless of course you’re Bruno Bossi.”

AWARED: CRAFT SPECIAL MENTION (Direction Craft)

Bruno Bossi | Carbon Films
Nederburg ‘Story’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Lucas van Vuuren, Creative Director at The Jupiter Drawing Room
February 2016

Judges Comment: “The visuals are artful and drive the emotion of the ad, the sound design works so well. This is a visually rich ad that made me want to open a bottle of wine.”

IDIDTHAT Editorial

Face-to-face with Carbon Films Director, Mzonke Maloney

May 15th, 2020|Comments Off on Face-to-face with Carbon Films Director, Mzonke Maloney

Director Mzonke Maloney from Carbon Films shares his perspective on the South African onscreen narrative, what being a filmmaker in America taught him and we get a tasty-taste of what we can expect from him as a commercials director in the future. It’s everything you didn’t know you needed to know about Mzonke Maloney.