Mannequin Pictures is an award winning film production company based in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Born in 2007, the company produces film, television and commercials.  Mannequin prides itself in working with contemporary South African storytellers who pursue the magic in all spheres of moving pictures.



Our philosophy towards commercials emanates from using what has been termed the ECEE principle. This is there to make sure that our treatment for all TVC’s , are Efficient in there delivery, Congruent in their themes, Effective in their message, and most of all – Entertaining.

We understand budgetary constraints that agency’s face now days and have developed work-flows that are not only efficient in their nature, but most importantly sensitive to the creative aspects of a production.



Mannequin Pictures is responsible for creating many entertaining television productions over the years and is one of the leading South African production companies when it comes to comedy.   Mannequin produced Trevor Noah’s best selling DVD, “The Daywalker” and has since worked hand in hand with the television network, Comedy Central, to produce shows like “Comedy Central Presents:  Live @ Parkers”, “Comedy Central Presents: Open Mic Live @ The Box”.

The team is busy in development and preproduction on “The Tobi Show” and the reality show “TOD” which are in pre-production and set for airing this year.


Mannequin’s motion picture division develops content that is shot in South Africa, or about Africa, for foreign audiences. Part of this focus is to create new voices that challenge the preconceptions often associated with South Africa. This the company has branded, New Wave African Cinema. The Mannequin company currently has several projects in development with the first film of their slate due for release in early 2016.

Mannequin has also developed and produced several short films with the internationally acclaimed production company Focus Features, as part of their Africa First project.  Out of these, Mannequin is probably best known for the award winning, supernatural short “Umkhungo”.

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