Action Kommandant: The Untold Story of the Revolutionary Freedom Fighter, Ashley Kriel

Nadine Angel Cloete

Nadine CloeteCloete’s work focuses on identity and history. Her films include Net Een Elim (Encounters My Hood series) and Miseducation (Why Poverty series) which premièred on the New York Times Op-Doc site and IDFA.  Her coverage of RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall played on #theopening exhibition. Action Kommandant is her first feature.

ALISON: a tale of monsters, miracles and hope

Uga Carlini

Uga CarliniCarlini, a Stellenbosch Drama graduate, is the President of Towerkop Creations, specialising in female driven heroine stories. Winner of the PUMA Catalyst Audience award (Good Planets Are Hard To Find), she was also voted the Extraordinary Women of South Africa’s Woman of the Month of March. Carlini has optioned the cult novel, ‘Beyond the Light Barrier‘, an interstellar love story by South Africa’s First lady of Space, Elizabeth Klarer.

Alive & Kicking: the Soccer Grannies of South Africa

Lara-Ann de Wet

LaradeWet1New York Film Academy graduate (2015) de Wet recently won the Jury Prize for Spirited Storytelling at the DOC NYC Film Festival as part of their inaugural university showcase. Though resident in the US she plans to continue telling stories that will shine a light on African culture and that inspire social change. Alive & Kicking is her directorial début.

Baba Nkomo Umlelusi Mr. Nkomo the Hero

Siphamandla Aubry Ngubane

Siphamandla-Ngubane-1Ngubane was inspired to make films at an early age when he saw a film on Rolie Nikiwe. Years later another film, African Negroes, and the credit for Big Fish saw him enrolled at the school. “I have learnt a lot in the two years I have been at Big Fish and I hope to learn a lot in the months I still have left.”

The Black Christ

Jean-Paul Moodie

Jean-PaulMoodie embarked on a film career ‘later in life’, made a few short documentaries then completed his first feature, The Black Christ. Winner of the Schnit International Short Film Festival’s Real-Time award for his remake of Hitchcock’s Man from the South, he is currently developing another documentary and the pilot for a fictional series.

Bunny Chatter

Ri’aad Dollie

Riaad DollieDollie is a graduate of the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies (UWC/Robben Island Museum) and in 2014  curated the “Bunny Chatter: Robben Island to Marikana” exhibit inspired by photos of a rabbit culling on Robben Island. This film was made in completion of his Creative Writing Masters (UWC). He is currently working on the Albie Sachs Mozambique Art Collection.

The Daily Dose

Jackie Ruth Murray

Jacky Ruth MurrayMurray is a filmmaker, photographer and curator, and has worked with numerous NGO’s and community based organisations. She completed her Masters in Media Theory and Practice (UCT) focusing on relationships with anitretrovrial medication in the South African context. Her production company is Reel Epics Productions.

A Family Affair

Tom Fassaert

Tom-Fassaert2Fassaert, born in Naarden in 1979, grew up in both the Netherlands and South Africa.

An initial interest in photography and music led to a passion for cinema and eventually the studying of documentary film, graduating from the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam in 2006. His second feature length film, A Family Affair, was the Opening Film of IDFA 2015 and won the Special Jury Award.

I Shot Bi Kidude

Andy Jones

andy-jonesProducer, Director, Impact Consultant, Curator, Collaborator. Andy Jones’ documentary track record spans the past 15 years and includes major network TV series, one-off feature documentaries and everything in between. A former teacher, he was bitten by the digital technology bug in London in 1996 where he set up and the in-house film unit for international development agency VSO. In 2000, he co-founded the ScreenStation collective, followed by company RADiO FiLM in 2013. His latest documentary I SHOT BI KIDUDE tells the dramatic story of the kidnap and death of the world’s oldest living singer.


Aryan Kaganof & Christo Doherty

AryanKaganofChristo DohertyAryan Kaganof is a project of African Noise Foundation

Doherty is a photographer/visual artist and an associate professor in the Wits School of Arts.

Looking for Khosi Khosi

Joyce Nkgapele

Joyce-NkgapeleNkgapele is a BA graduate (University of Limpopo 2012). Various government learnerships finally saw her enrolled with at Big Fish and she is currently studying towards level 5. She attended the screening of Looking for Khosi Khosi at the 2015 International Black Woman’s Film Festival in San Francisco.

Lost Tongue

Davison Mudzingwa

Davison MudzingwaMudzingwa, a print and broadcast journalist, screened his first short film, Bush Trail, at the Tri-Continental FF  in 2012. Lost Tongue is his feature debut and What’s The Frack? has launched on the festival circuit.

Martha & Niki

Tora Mkandawire Mårtens

Tora Martens-Judith BelleSwedish born Mårtens work as stills photographer has been widely published and displayed in museums and galleries. A graduate of the Dramatiska Institutet, her short film TOMMY in Cuba was In Competition for the Golden Bear (Berlinale 2008). She is the recipient of numerous festival awards (Tempo, Krakow, Leipzig) and scholarships.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Rita Coburn Whack        

Rita Coburn WhackCoburn Whack, novelist and filmmaker, is a recipient of multiple Emmy Awards. Her winning films include Curators of Culture, Remembering 47th Street and African Roots American Soil. Working in radio, directing Angelou’s Radio Show for Oprah Radio, she won the Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards, among others. Author of ‘Meant to Be’, her company RCW Media Productions, Inc. produced Angelou’s Black History Month Specials distributed by Public Radio International 2011-13.

Mr. Table Tennis

Tina-Louise Smith

Tina-Louise SmithAs a researcher on the SABC 1 youth show, Get Real, Tina-Louise Smith was inspired and humbled by her access to people and their stories. After that she was researcher and production manager on Francois Verster’s When The War Is Over. She also produced Bridget Jones in South Africa (SABC 2) and Borderlines (SABC 1).

She was DFA secretary in 2010, co-chair in 2011, and founded Perspective, a DFA publication of interviews with South African documentary filmmakers.

Tina-Louise raised funds and brought the dynamic Business Model Canvas tool to South African producers at the 2015 Durban FilmMart.

In 2015 Tina-Louise produced and directed Mr Table Tennis (SABC 2), and Engender (Cape Town Community TV), a 3-part feminist TV show.

Opening Stellenbosch: From Assimilation to occupation

Aryan Kaganof

AryanKaganofAryan Kaganof is a project of African Noise Foundation.

The Revolution Won’t be Televised

Rama Thiaw

RamaThiaw-credit CamilleMillerandBorn in 1978 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Thiaw studied international economics and film in Paris. She is a writer, director, and producer for the Senegalese film production company Boul Fallé Images.

Shadow World

Andrew Feinstein

AndrewFeinstein-jonathanball.coFeinstein is Executive Director of Corruption Watch, a London based NGO  that details and exposes the impact of bribery and corruption on democracy, governance and development. Educated at UCT, Berkeley and King’s College, Cambridge, he is a former ANC MP, member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee and Deputy Chairman of South Africa’s Audit Commission. He resigned when the government refused to allow an unfettered investigation into the arms deal. He was named as one of the 100 most influential people globally working against armed violence.


Nhlanhla Masondo

Nhlanhla MasondoMasondo is a writer, director and producer with 13 years in the film industry. His work includes documentaries, dramas and international co-productions, independent films, television series and corporate films.

The Silent Form

Simon Wood

Simon-WoodWood’s The Silent Form is his second film to première at Hot Docs. His Forerunners was selected for IDFA . Current projects include Child Free, exploring prejudice against women who choose not to have children, and Untamed, a collaboration with poet Ian McCallum examining the evolution of the human psyche.


Nthabiseng Sephoko

Nthabiseng SephokoThaba Nchu, Free State-born Sephoko is a learner at Big Fish. Slagpan is her first film.

Six to Six

Mia Cilliers & Jackie Ruth Murray

Mia Cilliers Jacky Ruth MurrayCilliers, a writer, producer and director, holds an MA in Documentary Arts from UCT and partly completed her film studies in Los Angeles and Berlin. Aside from short documentaries and promotional films, she is co-writer and co-director of the web series, The White Folks.

Soweto, Times of Wrath

Siphamandla Bongwana, Jerry Obakeng Gaegane, Stanford Gibson, Nduduzo Shandu, Asanda Kupa & Gontse More

Bongwana studied filmmaking at Eat My Dust Cinema Project, where he directed Energy Means Power (2012) and My Choir Rocks (2012).

Gaegane enrolled at the Market Photo Workshop and is the recipient of the Edward Ruiz Mentorship 2012/2013. He exhibited ‘Marang a Letsatsi’ which documents informal miners around Johannesburg.

Gibson studied at Big Fish and directed the award winning documentary Beauty Beyond Colour. He subsequently worked as a Production Manager.

Shandu studied at Big Fish. Awarded Best Cinematographer for Painted Black, his short Bosso Ke Mang won the DIFF Short Film Challenge.

Kupa is a painter. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Reinhold Cassirer Award.

More is a photographer schooled at Market Photo Workshop. She has exhibited in Johannesburg and Germany.

Taking Stock

Ben Stillerman

Ben StillermanStillerman expanded a short film to make the feature Taking Stock. Focussed on personal stories that raise questions of social justice and community, he seeks to promote education through creativity. He is developing a global production platform – microtour – for collaborative stories.

These Objects, Those Memories

Roger Horn

Roger HornHorn, with 17 years of experience, completed his directorial début film, The Sisterhood, in 2010. His interests include material culture, migration, xenophobia, post colonialism, and gender and sexuality. A PhD candidate in Anthropology (UCT) he lectures in Documentary Production and Film Studies at the SAE Institute and has multiple projects in post-production.

Walking in my Shoes

Melanie Chait

Melanie ChaitStory Director Chait is a Fulbright scholar (PhD. Oxford University), an award winning filmmaker and the founder of the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking which, to date, has trained over 1,000 young people with an 85% employment rate.


Jessie Zinn

Jessie ZinnZinn, a UCT graduate (2015), has screened film at Schnit and her graduation piece, Into Us and Ours has screened internationally, including Cannes 2016. Currently she is developing a feature length documentary about school girls in the Western Cape.