Be Phat Motel is a boutique production house based in Cape Town, South Africa. The Motel's portfolio includes high-end conceptual narrative and documentary films, shorts and TV drama series with international and South African partners. Noted projects are award-winning sci-fi mind-bender Sweetheart, debut feature Five Fingers for Marseilles, as well as a number of high-profile creative commissions, notably for South Africa's benchmark advertising industry awards event, The Loerie Awards. Upcoming highlights include limited-run drama series co-production Acts of Man and an adaptation of Charlie Human’s acclaimed novel Apocalypse Now Now.
Recognised for attention to detail, technical precision and burning ambition, Be Phat Motel strives towards growing into a creative leader, producing among the most progressive narrative work in the industry today and expanding the global outreach of the South African industry, drawing on strong relationships with international producers, sales companies and festivals. Awards include 'Best South African Film Project in Development' for Five Fingers for Marseilles at Durban International Film Festival 2013.
Since 2010, Be Phat Motel has facilitated the South African leg of the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival, a festival of short film held in multiple cities around the world. It screens approximately 250 shorts yearly, awarding $100,000 in global prize money. The South African edition features an additional focus on locally produced work, including national awards.