Ola! Films

We are a creative production company based in Johannesburg. Mobilizing the diverse talents of our homegrown stable of directors and producers we create fresh, surprising and beautiful content for every platform.


Directors: Amy Allais / Chris Saunders / Dean Fourie / Mfundo Mkhize / Meja Shoba / Takezito (Batandwa Alperstein)
Executive Producer: Olivia Leitch

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Ola! Films is a high-end production house that is now 51% black owned and level 2 B-BBEE. The company was started around a dining room table ten years ago by Olivia Leitch and Amy Allais and has expanded to have offices in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Ola! is made up of 2 producers and 4 in-house directors with their roots in the South African industry, producing creative local work. With years of facilitation under their belt, their service division has driven Ola! Films not only to work in South Africa, where they produce traditional TVCs, content, documentaries, music videos, stills and long form work, but to do the same in other parts of Africa and abroad.

With Amy’s instinctive feel for performance, Mfundo’s gift for nailing local, Chris’s eye for African visual storytelling and Justice’s undeniable artistic talent in street photography, Ola! works as a collective and often brings the whole team on board to assist and create. In this way, everyone at Ola! is able to collaborate with one another, remaining relevant and keeping up with the trends, while staying grounded by a traditional work ethic and skills.

Growth and development are key aspects that the company prides themselves on, therefore, Ola! strives to keep repeat business strong and attract more international clients, to continue growing and nurturing young talent, to honour thoroughness, collaboration and communication and to keep the production process fun. Ola! Films stands as a lively production company that inspires teamwork and has its values rooted in playfulness, fun, sincerity, and integrity. Ranging from working with giraffes and butterflies to planes and fireworks, Olivia insists that “Ola! is a fearless bunch who dream big and dare to fail”, Amy believes that “Ola! is a team of free-spirited people who enjoy making pretty pictures, and playing nicely together.” With all its facets and services, Ola! Films cannot help but be proud of the diverse scope of work created by their experienced team.

  • Shots
  • Shortlisted on MTV Young Directors Awards
  • Featured on Nowness Magazine
  • Won Gold at the Pendoring Awards for Lexus “Snor”
  • Director Chris Saunders won Best Music Video at the Smalls Short Film Festival Iin London – 2017


115 7th Street,
Linden, Johannesburg

011 447 6370

Executive Producer: Olivia Leitch
082 331 4969

Awarded by IDIDTHAT

Ola! Films | Chris Saunders
Ackermans ‘Lingerie Campaign’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Vanessa Pearson, Founder and ECD at House of Brave
February 2019

Judges Comment: “Hello #girlsruntheworld. Hello ‘This-Is-Who-I-Am-And-I’m-Totally-Okay-With-It-Even-If-You-Aren’t’. Love the simplicity of the celebratory and free camera moves over the many varieties of the female form in this film. The director totally abandons lasciviousness and opts for sheer joy and playfulness between the subject matter and camera, and it works…made me want to dance with them. Fully dressed, of course.”

Ola! Films | Amy Allais
Original Swimming Party ‘Biggest Curse feat. Moonchild’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Nkanyezi Masango, Creative Director at King James Group
October 2017

Judges Comment: “This goes to both Jeremy de Tolly and Amy Allais. Biggest Curse is a killer song. Amy matched it with killer visuals. ‘Nuff said.”

Ola! Films | Co-directed by Amy Allais and Justice Mukheli
British American Tobacco ‘Keep It 100’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Roanna Williams, Executive Creative Director at Joe Public
September 2017

Judges Comment: “A shout-out to Amy and Justice from Ola! Films for their cinematic commercial of the gritty underworld of illicit cigarette trading in South Africa. It follows a package’s journey as it passes through various dodgy criminal hands, to finally being sold to and lit up by an innocent end consumer. With challenging restrictions around cigarettes advertising, Justice and Amy were still able to capture the storyline effectively. The combination of the POV style shots, fast-paced edit, soundtrack, performances and grade bring to our attention the harsh reality of what goes on behind the scenes of illegal trading.”

Ola! Films | Chris Saunders
Shout SA ‘Smile’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Michael Lees-Rolfe, Creative Director at FoxP2
September 2015

Judges Comment: “Smile from Chris Saunders for Shout SA is worth watching just to see Danny K in a teddy bear-laden coat and Derek Watts doing Yoga. Smooth editing and some fresh, playful styling make this feel good celeb-fest very watchable indeed. Tough to pull off and worthy of a special mention.”

Featured Work

iDidTht Editorial

Director Amy Allais from Ola! Films – keep your seatbelts fastened at all times

December 18th, 2020|Comments Off on Director Amy Allais from Ola! Films – keep your seatbelts fastened at all times

From choreographing adults dancing inside recycling bins in Istanbul to mapping out the final steps to a sequence 35 000 feet above the ground, when it comes to Director Amy Allais, nothing surprises us. We pinned down this frequent flyer who shared some of the behind the scenes moments from her work.

TAKEZITO makes the move to Directing with Ola! Films

October 10th, 2019|Comments Off on TAKEZITO makes the move to Directing with Ola! Films

After an hour of chatting with Director TAKEZITO from Ola! Films we realised two things: One - we are incredibly out of touch with what is cool, and two - TAKEZITO is determined to accurately represent the youth market by creating iconic imagery that pushes African popular culture to new heights. This is a journey into directing that we did not see coming…yo! (At least we try okay)