Eddie shot his first film, King For a Knight, in 1991 in Cape Town on a borrowed camcorder. This led him into the world of documentary filmmaking, where he won numerous awards for his films The Black and The Fight. Eddie then entered the world of broadcast television. In the SABC programme, Zola 7 in Africa, Eddie directed South African music megastar Zola on a journey around Southern Africa highlighting social issues. His other television work includes series of It’s For Life, Rize Mzansi and Khumbul’ekhaya. In 2011, his short documentary, Once Upon a Day: Brenda Fassie, premiered at Encounters Documentary Festival.
Recently, Eddie has been at the helm of AIRTEL Telecommunications’ corporate social responsibility project – being series director of the project in Zambia, Niger, and Ghana. He is also series director of Healthline, Vodafone’s new health initiative in Ghana.
PHEELLO PJ MAKOSHOLO
PJ loves film. Simplistic I know, but sincerely true for this Lesotho-born filmmaker. When he finished high school, the only path PJ sought to follow was film. Because of this he received a National Certificate in Motion Picture Production from the Tshwane Institute of Technology. Following that, he received a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Film and Broadcasting from Allanby Campus.
Since his studies, he’s resumed his career as an active film director and camera man in the Lesotho and South African film industries – culminating in his first feature film last year – a joint effort between the Lesotho government and UNICEF. One of PJ’s biggest achievements was being part of the Peabody-winning Intersexions (HIV/AIDS educational programme) directing team. This unique This unique drama series made serious waves – many will agree that Intersexions has achieved more in 25 episodes than most NGO programmes have achieved in years!
KOFI ATAKORA OWUSU-AFRIYIE
Steven Markovitz is one of Africa’s most pioneering producers, with almost 20 years experience on some of the continent’s most important features, documentaries, short films and festivals. Steven co-founded the production company Big World Cinema (South Africa) as well as the Independent Producers Organisation, Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, and Close Encounters Documentary Laboratory. He has an extensive production and distribution network across Africa
He’s sat on various international film juries, including Rotterdam’s Cinemart and Silverdocs, as well as the Jan Vrijman Fund and the selection panel for international scripts for Babylon International, a subsidiary of Script House, Berlin. He recently moderated the first Good Pitch in Johannesburg, in partnership with Britdoc. The films he has produced have screened theatrically and on television in all the major markets. They have also screened at festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Sundance, Hotdocs, IDFA, Tribeca, SXSW, Telluride, and earned an Oscar nomination.
Some of his recent productions include One Day After Peace (Hotdocs 2012); Viva Riva! (MTV Movie Awards, African Movie of the Year 2011) and Congo in Four Acts (Berlin, Hotdocs, IDFA, 2010).
Joseph Mqondisi Dlamini obtained his certificate of journalism and moved into sound recording for documentaries and television. His work has taken him all over Africa. In TV, he has worked on the South African soap Muvhango; the children’s programme Takalani Sesame; reality show Survivor Maldives and the ZAIN series Touching Lives, which fulfilled the dreams of ordinary people in Ghana, Zambia and Niger.
His documentary work includes the acclaimed German/Swiss/SA co-production Hidden Heart and Jihan El-Tahri’s Behind the Rainbow, as well as Women with Obstetric Fistula in Ethiopia, which was produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo.
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FRANCOIS KOUAME YORK
Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Shelley completed graduate studies in English and Drama at the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape. She has worked extensively as a disability rights activist, following a shooting in the Cape taxi wars of 1996 that resulted in her being a wheelchair user. She has held positions as the media manager in the Office on the Status of Disabled Persons in the Presidency and as the national parliamentary policy co-ordinator for Disabled People South Africa. During this time she co-ordinated Nelson Mandela’s guard of honour for his State of Nation address in 1997.
Shelley was awarded a full scholarship from the Ford Foundation to study towards her Master of Fine Arts in Film in the United States and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2006. Her films have screened at major festivals and events around the world, as well as on television, including MTV, DUTV and WYBE in the U.S and SABC in South Africa. From 2008 until 2010, Shelley developed the programming department at Cape Town TV (CTV) and ran training workshops in filmmaking, particularly for those who have not had an opportunity to tell their stories.
Kevin Kriedemann is a writer, publicist and online marketer specialising in the African film industry. From 2005-2011, Kevin was the editor of Film & Event Media, winner of The Imbongi Award in 2010 for Marketing Cape Town and The Western Cape's Film Industry. While there, he edited the South African trade publications The Callsheet and The Filmmakers Guide to South Africa. Kevin also covered the African film industry for both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Kevin now works primarily as a publicist and online marketer. Recent clients include Al Jazeera English, The Africa Movie Academy Awards, Big World Cinema, Egg Films, Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, Film Afrika, Fireworx Media, Frieze Films, Kalahari Pictures, Out in Africa, Penguin Films, Platypus Productions, Searle Street Post, Ten10Films, and Warner Bros. He was also a lead researcher for Nation on their 2012 film sector analysis research for the proposed Port St. Johns' film office.
Henk has a BA (Honours) degree in Film from the S.A. School of Film & Drama (AFDA), where he specialized in Editing and won Best Editor in 2002.
Henk’s diverse showreel includes the reality TV series SA’s Got Talent, Touching Lives: Ghana, and Healthline; documentaries The African Game and 3 Days in Dimona; as well as commercials for South African Tourism and The Cradle of Humankind. He’s also cut drama and short films. Henk’s true passion lies in film and he is working determinedly towards cutting feature films and documentaries.
Apart from being an accomplished editor, Henk also does graphic design, specializing in Adobe Photoshop. He designs logos, posters, ads, graphic art, and letterheads.
LINDA KITSAABA OKYERE