Zikhona Bali is a talented actress, model, serial prayer and a rare gem born in Humansdorp, and raised in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. She is best known for her outstanding performance as Londiwe on Isi’thunzi, an Mzansi Magic drama series, directed by Amanda Lane. Isi’thunzi gave her the big break and a notable nomination for 2019 Golden Horn Awards, ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Drama’.
Born and raised in the vibrant streets of Langa township, Aphiwe Mkefe is an ambitious and determined 23-year-old. He went to Pinelands high school and studied theatre and screen performance, and film writing and directing at AFDA. He is currently in a South African TV series entitled ‘Nkululeko’. Aphiwe’s notable performance is as the lead actor on the SAFTA and DIFF award-winning feature film ‘Letters of Hope’. Aphiwe is represented by MLA.
Thembekile Mathe is a 10 year old actress from Soweto, Diepkloof, South Africa. She is currently a drama student at Renalelona Creative Centre of the Arts and has made appearances in three theatre productions. She is a poet who frequently shares her poetry at the B2B Kids Festival. She’s represented by Kingclip Casting Agency.
Phumi Morare is a South African writer/director who is passionate about redeeming the African and feminine identity through cinema. She’s interested in exploring the female gaze’s influence on personal, human stories of ordinary heroes and women. She also loves history, mythology and folktales. Phumi’s short films have played at international film festivals including Telluride Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, and the American Black Film Festival. Her short film Lakutshon’ Ilanga (When The Sun Sets) won a gold medal at the 2021 Student Academy Awards, won the 2021 HBO Short Film Competition, and was nominated for the 2021 Student BAFTA Awards. Her upcoming project, Why The Cattle Wait, was selected for the 2021 Berlinale Talents Durban program and the 2021 Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens Women’s Filmmaker Program. Phumi completed her MFA in Film Directing at Dodge College at Chapman University. She has a background in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in London and management consulting at McKinsey & Company in Johannesburg. She is currently a freelance strategist at Statement Films, a company that incubates African women content creators.
Christine Cho is a Korean-American writer and producer who aims to create and put forward stories that inspire social and structural change. She just recently finished her Master’s in film and television producing at Chapman University and is currently working on writing and producing short-form content at Story Mode, a young and diverse production company committed to bringing BIPOC, AAPI, and LGBTQ+ characters to the forefront. Christine is a recipient of the Caucus Foundation Award. She is interested in presenting characters that subvert expectations and underrepresented stories that reshape the way people relate to the human condition and change the way we see and imagine the world.
Sherry Qian completed her MFA in Film Production with emphasis in cinematography at Chapman University. She previously acquired a B.S. in Commerce at University of Virginia. Coming from the business world, she pivoted her career into filmmaking by working as an assistant director on over half a dozen commercial productions in Beijing. After attending Chapman University, she has worked on many short films, commercials and music videos as the cinematographer, AC or gaffer.
Mojtaba Mirshekari is a Los Angeles based Iranian Film Editor with more than 7 years of experience in editing narrative films. Being fluent in English and Persian, he has contributed to many film projects as the Director or Editor and have won more than 20 awards from well-known film festivals during his career. Mojtaba started his journey in filmmaking by getting his MA degree in cinema studies in Iran. He graduated from Chapman University with an MFA degree in Film Production with emphasis on editing.
Andree is a freelance sound editor and sound designer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Taiwan, she began her career by working as a sound utility for feature films. After moving to the US, she turned her focus to post-production sound. Her works range from narratives, animations to documentaries and have played at Tribeca Film Festival, AFI Fest, Telluride Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and Golden Horse Film Festival. She also edits podcasts and works as an assistant sound editor for TV shows. With sound, she wants to tell the stories of those underrepresented. Andree completed an MFA in Film Production at Chapman University and was nominated for the MPSE Golden Reel Awards for Lakutshon’ Ilanga (When The Sun Sets).