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Africa Imagining
for the development of Africa audiovisual entrepreneurs

mentorship programme

Spier Films is a motion picture production company with offices in Cape Town, London and Los Angeles. With experience in developing and producing films all over South Africa and Mauritius.   We create and support films which have both critical and commercial success and often work with highly respected international producers in a co-production capacity dedicated to fostering African talent. While running the Cape Town World Cinema Festival and Sithengi film and TV market in 2001 and 2007, Michael Auret worked on assisting African producers with packaging and pitching their projects at Sithengi. This work, which was accomplished through workshops in Harare, Zanzibar, Nairobi, Abuja and Lagos inspired him to set up a programme to assist African producers to develop their projects for the global market.

BACKGROUND

Goree Island off Senegal has a history of the enslavement and oppression of African’s, but it was also the site of the meeting of the African National Congress (ANC) and South Africa’s business community in 1987, which hastened the end of Apartheid. During a workshop for Arts and Culture activists in Africa in 2006, the poet and ANC activist/exile Breyten Breytenbach, reflected on the ‘rosary of islands around Africa’ – Zanzibar, Goree and Robben Island. He imagined that creative people, especially storytellers in the audio-visual world, could “benefit from the creative winds that blow off the African continent on to these islands”, but at the same time “would not be bogged down by the politics and bureaucracy of the continent”, figuratively speaking of course.

From the powerful inspiration of this workshop, we began to explore ways in which we could not only “re-imagine” Africa, through motion picture storytelling, but where we could also imagine a different future for audio-visual entrepreneurs, transformed by the inspiration of these islands to create an African powerhouse of storytelling to meet the growing demand for quality African stories.

Africa Imagining is an incubator aimed at mentoring film and TV producers who, after a three-year incubation period in joint-venture production companies, will have the experience and expertise to develop their own live action films or TV series that are produced for the international market, in partnership with international creatives.

A global motion picture production company

Spier Films is a motion picture production company with offices in London, Los Angeles, Cape Town and Reykjavik. We develop, produce and sell films and series unrestricted by form, genre or Platform.

We are part of a family-owned group of companies that includes at least 6 of the top South African insurance companies, two food franchises in 30 countries, a wine estate, hotel and conference centre and luxury lodges throughout Africa and India.

Managing director

michael auret

London and Cape Town based producer, financier, Lawyer, entrepreneur - see IMDB for producer credits. Previously Festival Director of the Cape Town World Cinema Festival. Currently runs Spier Films with offices in Cape Town, London and Reykjavik and manages the Spier Film Fund which has invested in equity as well as loans against rebates, tax credits, pre-sales and gap financing.

MEET THE PRODUCERS

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His company, Pitch Black Films, won a SAFTA for the 58-part documentary series titled, “What’s Your Story?’ several other documentaries, short films etc. have subsequently followed, including the powerful coming of age documentary, Vision to Dream, screened at Encounters International Documentary Film Festival.
As the Founder of disruptive media company, BusaBuntu Pictures (Pty) Ltd. I have overseen the production of plays, activations, live performances and several short films, most notable, our 13 Part Series currently in production for SABC1 (2021), IZULU (2013), which was exhibited at the Cannes Short Film Corner (2014) and was in competition at both the Durban International Film Festival (2014) and the International Mzansi Short Film Festival (2015).
Basiami holds a BA Honours degree in Film and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) and in 2020, she was appointed to be an EXCO member for the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO). Some of her feature film work includes Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom, Bakgat!, Nightdrive, the critically acclaimed Roepman, Wolwedans in Die Skemer, Klein Karoo, Pad Na Jou Hart, Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling, The Tokoloshe and Table Manners.
Quinton Fredricks
Nobuntu Dubazana
Basiami Segola
Starting as a Production Co-ordinator on South African kids’ TV show Hectic Nine 9, Lulama then moved into the Cape Town film servicing world and spent two years working at Film Afrika. Lulama lives in Johannesburg, has her own production company - Brave Films where she writes and develops new projects. She is also owning Imbiza and is building the Imbiza Kitchen and Mobile kitchen in an effort to immerse herself in her passion for telling stories through food and film.
Arnica is an actress, filmmaker and producer. Born and raised in South Africa, Durban. After completing her Master’s in Business in Film Producing from London Met Film School, she founded the recently established EKTA Pictures in UK & South Africa. She works between UK and South Africa and is currently working across working several projects in documentary, film and commercials.
LULU STONE
Arnica Miakista

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