Welcome to Viva Pictures

Winner of Best Film of 2018 in Johannesburg


About Us


Neo Ntlatleng Producer / Director / Writer

An AFDA graduate in BA Motion Picture Medium, Neo Ntlatleng is a multi-talented storyteller who has honed his skills in writing, directing, producing and acting. Having majored in Directing and Screenwriting, Neo’s journey began at a young age when he enrolled at the National School of the Arts (NSA) in 2001.

Neo matriculated with full colours in Drama in 2005, and furthered his studies at AFDA, during which time he wrote and directed the short film THEMBALETHU: A South Africa past the brink, which screened at film festivals, including the 30th Durban International Film Festival in 2009. Since graduating with a BA in Motion Picture Medium in 2008, he has taken part in multiple projects. These projects include roles in some of South Africa’s most acclaimed television primetime shows, including his roles of Oratile in a political drama series 90 Plein Street, Kamo in the SABC 2 drama series Justice for All, the role of S’khalo in the Bomb Shelter Production’s popular SABC 1 Youth drama Zone 14, the role of Potlako in the Pan-African drama Jacob’s Cross, the lead role of OJ in Dv8 Film’s feature film State of Violence, the lead role of Sizo in SABC 1’s captivating social media Youth drama Mutual Friends, and in 2015 he was cast in the leading dual roles of Mothusi and Themba in Thåe Road, a Mzansi Magic telenovela set in modern-day South Africa as well as in 1950’s Sophiatown. In the show Neo plays Mothusi (an actor) in the present day, who plays the character Themba Mashinini in the past.


Shadi Chauke Executive Producer

Shadi Chauke is a qualified Chartered Accountant and an actress, voice artist, MC and presenter. As an Executive Producer at Viva Pictures, she brings with her, 17 years’ commercial experience. A true professional with an impeccable work ethic as an actress and voice artist, Shadi strives to stay true to every role she plays. She had a colourful upbringing, having lived as a young girl during the 80’s and 90’s in various parts of Gauteng, South Africa, including, a serene mining town in the West Rand, in a hotel building in Hillbrow, in the dusty streets in Soweto and in the leafy suburbs in Midrand. In her performances, she draws from her childhood experience of living in these varied environments to bring to life real and authentic stories. Growing up, she always dreamed to be an actress, but due to the financial struggles her family faced she decided to obtain a Commerce degree and go into a career that would provide financial security for her and her family.


Sekgametsi ‘Jac’ Mokoena Producer

Sekgametsi Mokoena, known as ‘Jac’ in the film and television industry, began her career in 2003 as PA and receptionist at Dv8 Films. She was Production secretary on the film, Max and Mona, which was produced by Dv8 Films. She worked closely

with Tendeka Matatu, Jeremy Nathan and Joel Phiri. Dv8 Films groomed her and made her Production Co-ordinator on the next film, The Flyer. She spent a year with Dv8 Films getting training in the Production department. She moved on to freelance with various production companies, holding different positions in the production department. She worked with Unplugged before taking a break from the film industry to explore online advertising. She joined Interface Media which is an online advertising agency in 2006 as Campaign Manager on various campaigns.


At the Johannesburg 48HFP awards held on the 21st of October 2018, the film won the following awards:

Best Film / Best Directing / Best Writing / Best Acting / Best Special Effects; and The Audience Award.

Over and above these notable awards, the film also received special mentions for: Best Cinematography; Best Editing; and Best Use of Prop (which for that year’s competition, was a shoe lace)

As winner of Best Film of 2018 in Johannesburg, Lace was then selected to screen at the 48HFP’s Filmapalooza International Awards Film Festival in Orlando, Florida, USA, held between 6 – 9 March 2019. At this prestigious award film festival, the film competed against over 100 short films which were Best film winners from around the world and placed 2nd place as the overall winner. In addition to this top award, the film won the Best Actress award for Enhle Mbali Maphumulo and Best Writing for the writing team.

Viva Pictures is currently developing several short films and television drama series for the South African market and the African diaspora.