#BraveFutures Collection

#BraveFutures Collection

6 Seasons

Brave Futures is an intersectional film race that challenges storytellers, filmmakers and creatives of all levels to produce an entire short film in 48 hours using one theme, one prop, one action and their city as a canvas. Originally launched in Johannesburg in 2019, Brave Futures has traveled to Guadalajara, Berlin, London, and Cape Town.

Participants pre-register for free online for a chance to compete, with strong prioritization for intersectional identities. Films submitted into #BraveFutures are exhibited in their local city for the chance to win cash awards, prizes and a distribution deal with OTV. Brave Futures exports OTV’s values to other markets in need of alternative outlets where artists are ready to engage a platform designed to include and support them.

Since the programs launch in 2019, Brave Futures has empowered over 100 artists, across five countries and three continents to develop 24 intersectional short-films (3-7 minutes) exploring topics on gender, immigration, body-positivity, feminism, trans politics, race, sexuality, mental health and more.

#BraveFutures Collection
  • Safe Outside

    Episode 1

    Team Name: RETRO GAZE (Phiola Tesi Kayumba, Monthati Masebe, Khanyisile Peterson, Keza Cynthia R William, Neo R Paulus)

    Film Synopsis: A 24 year old has internalised the shame imposed on her about her sexuality. A 15 year old is settled in her expression of love. The moment in which they collid...

  • Nanobot Meets Siren

    Episode 2

    A NANOBOT discovers a siren and introduces her their world and vice versa. New worlds.


    Team Name: SEI SIREN PRESENTS (Motsei Rangata, Janice Phiri, Amber Welkom, Chipego Mwiinga, Naledi de Wee, MWANJI THE WNDRKD)

    Brave Futures Film Race is an intersectional competit...

  • On Photography

    Episode 3

    An experimental film looking at the history of photography and the personal archive.


    Team Name: Mulberry Sunshine (Mela Khumalo and Lesole, Tauatswala)

    Brave Futures Film Race is an intersectional competition that challenges creatives, storytellers filmmakers of...

  • Correc

    Episode 4

    An exploration of a visibly feminine queer boy whose existence is threatened by men, both queer and not, both closeted and open. He endures life with its tribulations and as they come but everything changes when a man, a stranger, a friend, a brother or a lover chooses to attempt to violate him b...

  • For everything there is a master key

    Episode 5

    Exploring asexuality through lived experience.

    Team Name: Kamvehle (Brandon Ntuli)

    Brave Futures Film Race is an intersectional competition that challenges creatives, storytellers filmmakers of all levels to create an entire short film in 48 hours using one intersect...

  • Sable Chameleon

    Episode 6

    Having drifted away from her boyfriend of six months, Lotus boils it down to the fact that she's longing for something more - but does not know what exactly. Lotus shows her liberation through challenging the stereotypes and we see her 'ascend' from a space where she was once dazed and confused t...