CineFAM South Africa Mentors – Top/Bottom L-R:
Kethiwe has been in the Film and television industry for 30 years. She was managing her company Fuzebox from 1997-2004 and produced a number of critically acclaimed programmes and series, including a documentary Belonging (2004). Thetha Msawawa 39 eps(2000-2004), which won the UNICEF best children’s drama ward in 2001), Bubomi’ Sana (2004) a youth drama series. She was headhunted to be the first Head of Drama at the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Home Affairs was twice nominated for an International Emmy, and was nominated at the Banff world television festival award. The Good Provider won the Banff World TV Festival: Best Family and Youth Programme Award for. When We Were Black won Best Drama TV/Film Award at the International TV Encounters Festival in Reims, France &. Stockvel V was nominated for a Rose’dor 2008, it also received two awards at the South African Comedy awards . Since the inception of the SAFTA’s the majority of awards have been warded to SABC drama (57 in the first year and over 36 in the second year). She was key in ensuring that the Sediba development programme was used as a tool by the SABC. 14 Series were produced using this tool and another 12 were developed. This programme along with other development iniatives, such as the Commandments changed the face of fiction production at the SABC and in South Africa generally. Over 150 people were trained in Televsion script development during her tenure at the SABC In 2011 and she left the SABC. Since then she has been creative producer on a low budget Feature film Gog’ Helen , Mrs Right Guy, and was released in 2012. She has since then produced TV drama’s for Fuzebox productions, Thola x 52 eps and Mfolozi x 39 eps, Its Complicated x 26 eps & recently was creative producer on feature film Love Lives Here released in April 2019.
Nicole Mendes has spent the past decade working in Scripted Content at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. As Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Drama, she oversees projects in both production and development for dramatic one-hour series, limited series, miniseries, movies of the week, and specials. She currently oversees Canada’s number one drama, Murdoch Mysteries, the acclaimed series, Anne With an “E,” a co-venture between CBC and Netflix, as well as recently announced Canada/New Zealand co-production, The Sounds with Shaftesbury and South Pacific Pictures. Nicole has also served on multiple juries and sat on various industry panels for organizations such as TIFF, WGC, DGC, and WIFT-T. She also serves on committees for POV 3 rd Street and BIPOC TV & Film, organisations that aim to increase inclusion and representation in the industry.
CineFAM South Africa Participants – Top/Bottom L-R:
Keeper of the Kumm
• Shortlisted SA Literary Award
• Long Listed Alan Paton Award
• Nominee 2016 SA Film & TV Awards for Best Director & Best Documentary
• Winner of the inaugural Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights in the Arts
• Winner of the Nordic Publicistklubben Prize for Journalism
• Knight International Journalism Fellow
• Selection Panel: SA National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF)
• Founder of VIA – Vision in Africa, a media organisation, that specialises in filmmaking, creative writing and cross platform story telling A writer, award-winning journalist, playwright and filmmaker. In 2019
appointed the University of Johannesburg’s first ever Professor of Practice.Commissioned by the Volksoperahuis of Amsterdam to write Krotoa Eva van de Kaap , a play that premiered in the Netherlands to standing ovations before a sold-out run in South Africa in 2019. Her seminal dance drama about Khoisan identity, The Keeper of the Kumm (based on the novel of the same name), opened on the main programme at the National Arts Festival (NAF). A play she co-authored, My Word, Redesigning Buckingham Palace , was chosen for a run on London’s West End and for the main programme at the NAF. The Main Festival also selected another of her plays, Cold Case – Revisiting Dulcie September. The latter won both the inaugural Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights in the Arts as well as a Standard Bank Audience Award. SA Producer for the BBC mini- series Mandela the Living Legend . Chair of the 2018 & 2019 Alan Paton Literary Award Jury. Guest Lecturer at the University of the Free State, the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. Member of the International Emmy Awards 2018 Jury. Led media projects for the UK’s Thomson Foundation in association with Oxford University as well as Cardiff University. Her feature documentary film Jozi Gold (co Director & SA Producer) has been chosen for a special screening on World Environment Day 2019 to launch the 21st Encounters Film Festival (SA).
Project Name – CaribbeanGirl NYC
From the beaches of Guadeloupe to the heart of Paris to the bright lights of the Big Apple, Mariette Monpierre always saw her life through lenses. Growing up in the belly of Paris, films fascinated her. She completed her Masters Degree in media & languages at the Sorbonne University and Smith College in Massachusetts and moved to Manhattan to follow her dream of becoming a filmmaker. She began her career as a producer at BBDO NY, one of the world’s leading advertising agencies where she produced commercials for Pepsi Cola, Visa, Campbell’s, Pizza Hut, Gillette and FedEx. Directing opened up a new dimension to her work. She shapes the message, controls the content & masters the look. Knowledge is Power (1997) was commissioned by the New York City Health Department to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. In 2002, Sweet Mickey for President? won best documentary at the Reel Sister Film Festival in NY. Her short film Rendez-Vous (2002) was nominated for the Djibril Diop Mambéty Award in partnership with the Directors Fortnight in Cannes. The film experienced a successful run in several major international film festivals and she travelled the world with it. Mariette Monpierre signed her first feature length film in 2011, Elza (Le Bonheur d’Elza).
Reem Morsi had a career of professional scuba diving, human rights till becoming a writer/director. Morsi’s film credits include “Their Feast” (Cannes Short Film Corner, TIFF, BBC, Cine Sud), “Nostalgia” (WIFT 2015), among others. Morsi is a CFC Directors’ Lab alumna 2015 and her CFC short “The Door” screened at notable festivals, including Whistler Film Festival & Yorkton Film Festival (for which it was nominated for Best Drama 2017). Morsi received a scriptwriting grant for her feature film “Bootleg” by the San Francisco Film Society, March 2016. Morsi’s short film based on her feature screened at International Festivals, including winning best Canadian short at the London Worldwide Comedy Festival. Morsi won first place for “Show & Tell” at the WIFT/BravoFact pitch competition 2016 and the film was nominated for the Golden Sheaf Award for Best Short Subject and Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Yorkton Film Festival, 2017. Morsi participated at the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus, 2016 TIFF Talent Lab and Women in the Director’s Chair. Morsi’s short films scripts Lipstick, Check Point & Mango were named finalists for Robert Bosch Film Fund in 2013, 2014 and 2015 (affiliated with the Berlin Film Festival). Reem also won the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award at the Toronto Screenwriters Conference, April 2017.
Project Name – Finding Zendaya
Patricia Bebia-Mawa is the Host and Producer of Planet Africa Television, a weekly television series that is broadcast across Canada on OMNI TV, and is syndicated to Europe and Africa. She is also the Managing Editor of Planet Africa Magazine, a publication circulated within Canada and the United States. In addition, Patricia serves as Producer of Arise on CTS Television and Destiny Television on Grace TV. Prior to coming to Canada, Patricia was the Host of Lunch Date, a daily talk show, and Thinking About You on DBN Television in Lagos, Nigeria.