Durban International Film Festival 2020
Shorts Jury

Bongi Ndaba

South Africa

BONGI NDABA, as head-writer for the top SA soapie, Generations (2011) raised their viewership by 3 million, breaking its own record.  As the head writer for Uzalo (2018), the show broke its AR record when it hit 10.2 million viewers. She revived Isidingo with a growth of more than a million viewers saving it from being canned. Her writing credits includes the award winning Gaz’lam, Muvhango and Society II. She was a Junior Story Editor and writer on Jozi H (Canadian / South African co-production). Her Sokhulu and Partners won seven SAFTAS (2009) and was nominated for IEMMY (2009). Her Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Around Here was awarded the Best Narrative Short 2010, for Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Bongi is the former Head-writer/Showrunner of Ke Thaba Bosiu and was one of the creators of Mzantsi Magic’s Saints and Sinners. She is the former Story-liner of Season 2 Ring of Lies which recently won a Royalty Soapie Award for Best Writing Team. She was a head-writer for the hit-series eHostela (Season 1). Her short movie, Miracle, was selected for the 50TH FESPACO in Ouagoadougou (2019) and for the New York African Film Festival. It  won Best Shorts in Los Angeles as Woman Filmmaker. It was also selected for the San Francisco Independent Shorts Festival (2019), Around International Film Festival in Barcelona (2020), Tagore International Film Festival, Jozi Film Festival where it received a Special Mention for Screenplay, AFRIFF in Nigeria and it received a Special Mention for Screenplay at the Shnit Worldwide Short Festival. The film was a winner of the inaugural IamAfrica / YouTube / PAFF filmmaker Award (LA February 2020). It was screened at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (2020). Bongi has finished a drama slate for MojaLove which includes Mangaung (a telenovela), AmaBishop  and Erased. She is finishing her first feature film, Bare Fruits, hoping to be shooting November 2020.

Edmund Mhlongo

South Africa

EDMUND MHLONGO is a Durban based Artistic Director, Producer and a founder of the K-CAP Theatre Company and a founder of the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre. Armed with MPhil Development Studies (Sussex University, England) and Directing & Producing Certificate (US) is now doing a Doctorate in Business Administration with Paris School of Business (France). His internationally acclaimed musical credits include We Are Alive (toured Denmark & London in 1996); the Cry Not Child (toured Angola, Mozambique, Bosnia and the UK) and Our Voice, Our Rights (performed in England in 1999). He also created Bayed Shaka: The Spear Is Born (2003), Jabulani SA Celebrate! (2004-5), Just Don’t… (2006-7), Chief Albert Luthuli: One Among Many (2007, Madame President (2009-2013), Ithemba-Tattu (2012), Culture Clash 2013), Sugar Daddies (2012), Amambazo the Musical (2014), Johnny Makhathini Musical (2015), The Carrier…Nandi the Musical (2018) among others. He received the Durban Theatre Award for his contribution to community arts development and for outstanding  theatre productions. He is a qualified Performing Arts Facilitator and a former columnist of Ilanga Newspaper’s Ishashalazi. He trains actors for both film and stage – mentor future stars and entrepreneurs. He has produced over 15 actors for international productions such as Disney’s Lion King. He collaborated with Mafisa Productions and Cliff Bestall in producing the docudrama film The Buffalo Thorn (2003) which was followed by 13 series SABC3 commissioned documentaries the Healing Power of Nature. He co-produced and directed the Still My Home documentary on Kwa Mashu with London based film director of 500 Years Later. He is the Founder and Director of KZN African Film Festival (KAFF). His credits include participating in the Weekend Arts College (WAC) UK – Scriptwriting (1997), M-Net New Directions (1999), NFVF Advanced Scriptwriting (2007), Holly Film Institute (2011), SCREENWRITERS UNIVERSITY (2014) amongst several other initiatives.

Jayan Moodley

South Africa

JAYAN MOODLEY completed her BSc degree majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science.  Always assuming her analytic skills would be best suited to the sciences, she enjoyed a few years as an educator and then joined the exciting world of coding in object oriented programming. But she soon realized that her passion lay in the creative arts and she embarked on this new journey in 2005. She has produced numerous documentaries for SABC and her particular interests lies within spirituality and the multi-faith concept. Her dream came true when she produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for the movie White Gold (2010). Moving forward with this, she went on to direct South Africa’s number one film Keeping up with the Kandasamys (2017) and produced, co-wrote and directed Kandasamys: The Wedding (2019). These films and the world of the stories are treasures to her and it seems that Jayan Moodley has finally settled into a profession, a thrilling one at that, filmmaking.

Munyaradzi Chidzonga

Zimbabwe

MUNYA CHIDZONGA is a filmmaker, entrepreneur and Pan-Africanist who has worked all over Africa in all disciplines of media, from online/social media platforms, to radio, television and the big screen. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Motion Picture Medium, majoring in Live Performance, Acting and Scriptwriting from the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) in Cape Town. In 2012, he was awarded the highest acting honours in Zimbabwe, a National Arts Merit award (NAMA), for best actor in The Gentleman, a film he also Executive Produced and Distributed.  In 2017, Munya was nominated for the Best Actor of the Austral Africa Award by the prestigious Academy SOIGUI in West Africa a part of the FESPACO annual festival for his role in the feature film Escape, a project for which he was also the line producer. Munya has featured in several feature films and television shows. He is the Zimbabwean International Film Festival Ambassador and has worked tirelessly in the development of the Zimbabwean film industry. He is currently the Managing Director at Ivory Pictures, a production and distribution company he started in 2010 which is responsible for the film tiles Lobola and The Gentleman.

Teboho Pietersen

South Africa

Teboho Pietersen is the production analyst at KZN Film Commission where he plays a critical role in the film fund’s objective of facilitating sustainable growth in the film sector. He has a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry, skilled in developing policies, strategies, systems and workflows, managing multiple projects, Lecturing, Film Production, Television, Feature Films and script editing. He has completed the Management Development program at MANCOSA and has a Bachelor’s degree in Motion Picture medium.

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