Sihle Hlophe

Sihle Hlophe is a multi award-winning director recognised with a number of accolades including the SAFTA for Best Achievement in Directing in 2023 for her feature doc (which she also produced) LOBOLA, A BRIDE’S TRUE PRICE, two African Movie Academy Award nominations and over 60 global film festival selections. Sihle is currently directing three feature-length documentaries, CELEBRATING WINNIE THROUGH SONG (SA, Nigeria), MY FATHER, CHRIS HANI and ROAD TO JERUSALEMA (SA, Israel, Palestine). Previous docs include LINDELA UNDER LOCKDOWN (2020), winner of the Best Documentary at the Cameroon International Film Festival and Best Documentary Short Award at the SAFTAs and SAFTA nominated short CELEBRATING HERSTORY THROUGH SONG (on which Sihle also produced). In scripted Sihle has directed two made-for-TV films PEARLS OF WISDOM (2021) and EXPIRY DATE (2022) for Showmax and the SAFTA-winning 13-part mockumentary AFRICAN DREAMS for SABC1 (2021). Sihle has worked as a scriptwriter and storyliner on award winning TV shows such as LOCKDOWN, SCANDAL, MUTUAL FRIENDS and BROKEN VOWS and co-produced short SADLA which premiered at Sundance 2020. Sihle is an alumni of the IDFAcademy (the Netherlands), the North-South-South Student Exchange Program (Finland), the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Story Lab (Canada) and the Torino Story Lab (Italy).

 

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Marvin-Lee Beukes

Marvin studied drama at the University of Stellenbosch, with a focus on Creative writing and acting. He began his career in front of the camera starring in series such as LEAGUE OF GLORY (Daryl Roodt, Reghard vd Bergh), WATERFRONT (Jaco Bouwer), DIE BYL (Reghard vd Bergh) and DAM (Alex Yazbek), WONDERLUS (Johan Cronje), UITVLUGHT (Reghard vd Bergh) and GRIEKWASTAD (Jozua Malherbe). His first project behind the camera was short film SOOS GISTER, which he wrote and directed and premiered at Silwerskermfees 2017. After three years writing for BINNELANDERS and 200 episodes later Marvin pivoted to premium scripted fare starting in the writer’s rooms for SKEMERDANS (d. Amy Jephta), and QUEEN OF HEARTS: THE STORY OF MADEEGHA ANDERS AND DIE VERDRINKING VAN NINA VERSTER (d. Amy Jephta, Johan Cronje), as well as co-writing the TV film ONE NIGHT KWA MXOLISI with Johan Cronje (d. Sisanda Henna) all for Nagvlug Films and M-Net and Showmax. Marvin’s first long-form directing was on EVE’S CHRISTMAS, (co-directed with Ephraim Gordon), followed by TICKETS (on which he wrote and directed solo) for Red Pepper Productions and Prime Studios. FRANKIE AND FELIPE followed (p.Film factory and Sturvy Pictures) which premiered at Silwerskermfees in 2023 and had a theatrical run in 2024 Q1. Marvin is currently in post on a series for Gambit Films and a streamer, and will soon be prepping for the second season. He has a handful of spec screenplays he is developing and which will soon be seeking producing partners.

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Arnold Mwanjila

ARNOLD MWANJILA

Arnold Mwanjila is an award-winning writer and director based in Nairobi, Kenya. An alumnus of Mira Nair’s Maisha Screenwriting Lab in Kenya and of Talents Durban / Berlinale Talents, he graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Film Studies and Economics.

Arnold has written and directed for various home-grown award-winning TV shows, including NJORO WA UBA and VARSHITA! on Showmax / Maisha Magic East, and is the creator, head writer and director of the sitcom WALIOBAKI.

He is the Writer & Director of three Showmax / Maisha Magic East films, AISHA, SIRI and NAKUCHEKI. AISHA was nominated in seven categories at the 2017 Kalasha Awards, winning two.

Currently streaming on Netflix, Arnold’s feature film screenwriting and directing debut, TALIYA, a dark fantasy drama about an ambitious fisherman who ensnares a mermaid-like water spirit and exploits her as a grand magical theatrical exhibit, has screened at various festivals around the world including the New Filmmakers Los Angeles festival where it bagged the Best Screenplay Award at the Best of NFMLA Awards, 2022.

Arnold has most recently written for Team Sayari, a kids magazine show for DISNEY/NATGEO, and is a  Baboon Animation staff writer on various projects including FUNNY FLUX’S QUANTUM HEROES DINOSTER.

Arnold also serves as the head writer at USIKU GAMES where he contributes to the creation of fun, casual, web and mobile games including the upcoming ELECTRIC BLUE: GECKO DASH! for On The Edge. Other game clients include Johnson & Johnson, GIZ, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness Kenya (CREAWKENYA), the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), among others.

He is currently in production on an animated short film. And his next feature film, a sci-fi action adventure for kids, has been optioned and is in advance development.

A writer and director for hire, Arnold is developing many original projects across TV, film, and games.

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Rene Van Rooyen

Rene graduated cum laude in directing and screenwriting from AFDA. Her short NANTES screened internationally and won SA’s Silwerskermfees prize for best director and best picture. Her short PATHOLOGY was selected by SA’s NFVF Female filmmaker program and premiered at Durban International Film Festival (Africa’s premiere film festival). Her feature adaptation of Dalene Matthee’s novel TOORBOS was SA’s selection for Best International Film for the 2021 Academy Awards and backed by Multichoice and the NFVF. It is currently available on Showmax. The film was one of 5 selected from 60 projects across Africa to partake in Cape Town Int’l Film Festival & Market Work in Progress program.  Through her production company Red Letter Day Pictures, she has co-written and co-produced HOLLYWOOD IN MY HUIS and VASELINETJIE which won Best Picture at the Silwerskermfees and Best Humanitarian Film at Sedona IFF. Rene just finished post on CATCH ME A KILLER starring Charlotte Hope (GoT) for producers Simon Howley, Brett Wilson and financier Night Train Media. She is concurrently setting up (as producer, director) a 52 episodic family drama for M-Net called SUMMERTIDE.

Eileen Tracey

Eileen Tracey is a versatile Northern Irish screenwriter and director that has a flair for comedy and drama. She has a background in visual arts and film distribution, working for renowned companies like Lionsgate and StudioCanal. She holds a master’s degree in directing fiction from the National Film and Television School, where she received a bursary to study writing for TV. Her work has been recognised by prestigious orgs such as BAFTA Rocliffe (shortlisted for her comedy pilot CELESTE) and RTS including the short film ONE FOR THE ROAD (on which she co-wrote and directed), a collaboration with a community facing climate displacement, and A PARTICULAR FRIEND, a drama about conversion therapy survivors. Eileen is currently working on several comedy pilots and feature scripts, as well as offering her expertise as a script editor. She is developing a comedy idea with Hat Trick Northern Ireland for BBC Comedy. She specializes in comedy, horror and drama genres, and has recently edited an LGBTQIA+ feature romcom that will be released next year. Eileen is a talented and promising filmmaker with a unique voice and vision.

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Samantha Nell

SAMANTHA NELL

Writer and Director Samantha Nell’s debut feature as a director, the edgy romcom DO YOUR WORST, premiered in the top ten on Netflix in 2023. She is currently developing her second feature MILES FROM NOWHERE. Samantha has an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts Asia in Singapore and has participated at several development labs including the Realness Screenwriter’s Residency, La Fabrique du Cinema du Monde, TIFF Talent Lab and Locarno Filmmaker’s Academy.

Samantha participated in the Cannes South Africa Film Factory in collaboration with Michael Wahrmann from Brazil and their short film THE BEAST premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Brazilian Academy Award. Her most recent short film LOVE MOTEL, shot on location in South Korea, premiered at Durban International Film Festival in 2017.

Nell has produced short films on four continents and in 2012 her short film STIFF was selected for the Focus Features’ Africa First Program. It premiered at the 2014 Palm Springs International Shortsfest and won Best Short Film at the Africa International Film Festival in Nigeria.

A writer and director for hire, Samantha is developing many original projects across TV and film.

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Thabang Moleya

Starting when he was just 20 years old Thabang has directed over 13 prime time dramas including INTERROGATION ROOM, JOZI-H, THE LAB and JACOB’S CROSS to name a few. Thabang received an iEmmy nomination for Best Foreign Series for SOKHULU AND PARTNERS in 2009 and in 2022 he directed two episodes of PROFESSIONALS starring Brendan Fraser for Rainmaker Content with a budget of USD$27 million. Thabang’s debut feature film HAPPINESS IS A FOUR LETTER WORD (2016), produced by Helena Spring and Bongiwe Selane was the highest performing SA film at the local box office. He went on to direct the sequel HAPPINESS EVER AFTER in 2021. Thabang is co-owner and executive producer of Seriti TV whose credits include GOMORA and THE HERD. Thabang’s passion is empowerment through skills transfer to the youth and he is actively pursuing film and television developments with local and international broadcasters and streamers.

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Willem Grobler

A Screenwriter and director, Willem wrote the Netflix feature film HEART OF THE HUNTER directed by Mandla Dube. The film is co-written with Deon Meyer is based on Meyer’s international best-selling novel of the same name. It made history in April 2024 by becoming the first English language African film to top the worldwide Netflix charts. It was viewed 11 Million times in the first week, and was in the top 10 in 75 countries. Next up Willem is adapting Deon Meyer’s novel FEVER as a limited series, and Dibi Breytenbach’s novel REAVERS as a feature. He is reuniting with director Mandla Dube to collaborate on a passion project, as well as with director Michael Matthews (FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES (2017), LOVE AND MONSTERS (2020)).

Grobler’s award-winning short film HUM screened at festivals around the world, premiering internationally at the 2017 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival in New York, and in Europe at the 2018 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France.

Willem has written and directed a number of drama projects for local broadcaster M-Net including Christmas dramedy A BOERE-KRISMIS (2020) and Valentines Day romantic comedy OM EN OM (2023), SPOORLOOS  (2018) and two seasons of the acclaimed South African true crime docuseries STRANGERS YOU KNOW (2021 – 2022). A feature length version of HUM is in development at M-Net with Willem adapting and directing.

A 2014 Durban Talents and 2016 Gotham Week alumnus, Willem is developing his original projects and is a writer and director for hire.

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Jenna Cato Bass

Writer-director-producer Jenna exploded onto the South African film scene with her debut LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE in 2014 in which she shot, edited, produced, wrote and directed. The film garnered five awards including Best SA Feature and Best Direction at Africa’s premiere film festival in Durban, Best feature Film at Jozi Film Festival, a Young Audience Award at Nantes Three Continents Festival, and Best First Feature Film by a Director at the African Movie Academy Awards, the following year. Body swap comedy HIGH FANTASY came next; entirely shot on an iPhone Jenna workshopped the film with the cast and played with contemporary South African themes of land expropriation, gender and race politics amongst the Born-Free generation. The film played at AFI and Berlin amongst others, where it was nominated for the Audience and Teddy awards respectively. In 2018 Jenna co-wrote RAFIKI – the controversial Kenyan gay love story with director Wanuri Kahiu that was banned on home turf. The film played widely at festivals, won several awards, and was nominated for the Cannes Un Certain Regard and Queer Palm awards at the 2018 festival. Jenna’s third feature, FLATLAND – a contemporary female western set in South Africa’s semi desert Karoo region – opened the 2019 Berlinale Panorama programme. A “picaresque road movie”, it was compared by Variety to the work of Andrea Arnold; with its “free, friction-based energy of the film’s performance style and the ragged lyricism …[and] its happy mixing of gravelly realist texture and romantic metaphor”. A portrait of femininity the film was produced by South African vet and Jenna’s long-time collaborator David Horler and distributed by The Match Factory. Fourth feature GOOD MADAM (MLUNGU WAM) produced by Causeway Films (THE BABADOOK) and distributed by Shudder, the pic premiered in the 2021 TIFF Platform to fabulous reviews. Jenna is developing across film and television with a teen horror comedy with Nim Geva of SA’s Quizzical Pictures.

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Daniel Snaddon

Daniel Snaddon is a Bafta- and Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated film director, artist, and illustrator of Scottish-South African and Chinese-Australian descent. He has worked in the animation and film industries for fourteen years, best known for his work with Triggerfish Animation Studios and with Magic Light Pictures’ animated BBC Christmas specials. Among these, Daniel served as animation supervisor on the Academy Award-nominated ROALD DAHL’S REVOLTING RHYMES, co-director on the BAFTA nominated STICK MAN, and as director on both the Annie award winning THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE and the International Emmy winning ZOG.

Recently Daniel directed his fourth Magic Light Pictures Christmas special THE SMEDS AND THE SMOOS based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (authors of THE GRUFFALO). Daniel served as the founding director of CTIAF, South Africa’s premiere animation festival, for 4 years.

Along with James Clarke and Daniel Clarke, he created the graphic novel KARIBA, which was funded through a campaign on Kickstarter, the most successful of its kind in Africa. The graphic novel has since been published in several languages in multiple territories.

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