Camilla Nielsson Democrats

Nielsson studied documentary filmmaking at Tisch and holds an MA in visual anthropology from NYU. She directed a trilogy Good Morning Afghanistan (2003), Durga (2004), and The Children of Darfur (2005), and in 2009 Mumbai Disconnected. She collaborated with Israeli video artist Yael Bartana on a trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned (2011), and Re:Constructed Landscapes in 2012. Democrats, her first feature documentary, won the World Documentary award at Tribeca 2014.

Nomakhomazi Dewavrin Ndi Vumeni: Faniswa

Director Dewavrin is a the founder of One Blood Sound, based in Port Elizabeth. Her first short, Me, My Husband and His Boyfriend (2006), a controversial mockumentary, scooped awards at the MNet Edit Competition, before screening at the Out In Africa Film Festival. Dewavrin was among the first team of directors to launch award winning documentary series Zola 7. She also directs commercials.

Teboho Edkins Coming Of Age

Edkins, born in the USA (1980), grew up in Lesotho, South Africa and Germany. He studied Fine Art at UCT, followed by a 2-year post-graduate residency at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France. He completed a post-graduate film directing programme at the DFFB Film Academy in Berlin.

South African born Dahms (1954) began as a documentary director/cameraman in 1980. He has also written, directed and/or produced commercials, TV dramas and five feature films: City Wolf (1987), Dune Surfer (1989), My Daughter’s Keeper (aka Au Pair) (1993), and two award-winning Dutch language art-house films, Overleven (2007) and Schoft (2009). Dahms is currently based in Hilversum.

Francois Verster The Dream Of Shahrazad

Emmy-award winning Verster is based in Cape Town. Among his multi-award-winning films are Sea Point Days (2009), The Mother’s House (2006), A Lion’s Trail (2002) and When The War Is Over ()2002). He has taught or held fellowships at Columbia University, NYU, UCT, UWC and Wits and has published widely on documentary. Verster has had nine local and international retrospectives and special focus series on his work, most recently at the Jeu de Paume in Paris.

Adriaan de la Rey graduated cum laude (Film & Television) studies at the Open Window Institute in 2009, and completed his Honours in Visual Communication in 2011. Among other work, his 20 short films have screened at local festivals. He lectures and is the Production Manager at the Open Window Institute.

PJ Kotzé is a full-time Film lecturer at the Open Window Institute. His short films have featured and won awards at local film festivals. He is currently working on a fiction feature film to be filmed in 2015.

Steve Kwena Mokwena Jazz Heart

Steve Kwena Mokwena is an artist, historian, filmmaker and Cultural activist and Curator with deep roots in the youth development field. To date Kwena has made over 10 films including the award winning, films, A Blues for Tiro and Driving with Fanon. Kwena is also the co founder and curator of the AFRIKAN FREEDOM STATION, and Afrocentric multi-media gallery in Johannesburg. A painter, writer and activist, Kwena holds an MA Degree in Development from the University of Leeds in the UK, a, BA, and Honours in History from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Lebogang Rasethaba Prisoner 467/64

South Africa Rasethaba moves between Johannesburg and Beijing, where he completed a Masters degree in film studies at the Beijing Normal University. His films include Xenophobia in Paradise (2006), Sino (2009) and Metro (2010), and music videos for Spoek Mathambo, and Hip-Hop’s DJ Wordy in China.

Ryley Grunenwald The Shore Break

Grunenwald’s début documentary, The Dawn of a New Day, won 2012 SAFTAs (Best Director, Best Cinematographer). She attended the Berlinale Talents and pitched at the HotDocs Forum in 2012. In 2013 she was selected to participate at the 2013 Hot Docs Dealmaker and won the IDFA Worldview Summer School Award for The Shore Break’s development. She holds an MA in Film & Television and is owner of Marie-Vérité Films.

Riaan Hendricks Wild Dog and Mrs Heart

Hendricks first film, A Fisherman’s Tale, was described as a “sterling directorial debut”. His most recent feature documentary, The Devil’s Lair, achieved international critical acclaim, garnering 7 awards in the process. His work is celebrated for pushing the boundaries of the independent documentary genre.

Cheron Steenkamp Courage

Steenkamp, born in 1989, hails from Rietfontein, between the Namibian and Botswana borders. She worked as a Grade R teacher at her local primary school before being selected to study at Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking.

Xander Foster Nostalgia / Nostalgie

Foster left the Navy in 2009 to study journalism and media studies, before travelling through Angola, Zambia and Nigeria. He is a graduate of Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking.

Buthelezi was born in 1988 in Dundee, Northern KwaZulu Natal. After studying Radio Journalism and Television Production and working in the industry as an intern and production assistant she became a freelance content producer and later enrolled at Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking.

Georgina Warner & Imraan Christian Jas Boude

Warner and Christian both graduated from the UCT in 2014 with degrees in Film Production. The pair are now based at Popsicle TV, and continue to use film as a tool to explore the creative and socio-economic landscape of South Africa.

Ibtisem Ben Nassib Conway On A Monday

Ben Nassib grew up between Asia and Europe, before studying filmmaking in Cape Town. As a person of mixed heritage, she uses her cultural understanding to explore the many facets of life and the people around her. Conway On A Monday is her first documentary.

Xolani Tulumani Blood Money / Imali Yegazi!

Born in King William’s Town, Tulumani now lives in Cape Town. After reading for Computer Studies at Cape Business College, he graduated from Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking in 2014.