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
. 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.
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).
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.
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,
; 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.
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.
CAMERA / PROD. ASSISTANT
FRANCOIS KOUAME YORK
LINDA KITSAABA OKYERE
KOFI ATAKORA OWUSU-AFRIYIE
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!