Originally from Antananarivo (Madagascar), Bérénice Hahn, also known as Berry, is a passionate and determined emerging filmmaker. Currently working in Cape Town (South Africa) at Social Transformation and Empowerment Projects (STEPS), a non-profit media company producing documentaries giving a voice to marginalized and disadvantaged communities to inspire social changes, Berry is looking to support African storytelling from African people.
As a screenwriter, producer and rigging artist, she succeeded in 2016 in bringing one of her short films to compete in Cannes in a category intended for animated short films. Once her degree in 3D animation was obtained in Paris (France), it was a much-needed decision to reconnect with the African continent and to leave France for South Africa in 2018, a country she fell in love with. She then began a career in advertising with Riceboy, a production service for international commercials and stills productions. A year later, she entered the pan-African documentary film industry for which she had a passion from a very young age. Berry is currently working as an Assistant Producer on the Generation Africa project, a curated anthology of thirty personal and political documentary films sharing the lived realities of migration across Anglophone and Francophone regions of Africa, and as a Producer / Assistant Producer on Mzansi in the time of Covid-19, a STEPS project which is engaging diverse audiences in open discussions about the impacts of this virus on South African communities. Being fluent in French and English allows her to work with productions in both languages on stories dear to her heart. Berry is also busy developing Zanatany, as a Producer, which is a feature film about the political tapestry of her home country.
Inspired by storytellers, Berry is building her lifestyle around the film industry to absorb and to be able to impart the most.