The Out In Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (OIA) was launched in 1994 to celebrate the inclusion, in the South Africa Constitution, of the clause prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The Festival set out to address the lack of visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex individuals (LGBTIs) in South African social and cultural life after decades of apartheid repression, to counter negative images of LGBTIs that prevail in traditional and religious communities, and to serve as a platform for discussion and debate about the situation of LGBTIs in a newly founded democracy.

The purpose of the Festival is to showcase films from around the world, and to stimulate and promote a home-grown film industry. As a socially conscious movement with a political purpose, OIA must generate images and representations of its own community that promote a sense of belonging and pride – films that explore our particular identity, lifestyles and concerns. OIA has organised 5 filmmaking workshops producing South African content – 22 short films have screened at over 52 international Film Festivals.

Through its high public profile (OIA garners tremendous coverage in the mainstream media) OIA continues to counteract embedded homophobia by providing positive images of LGBTI people. While the Festivals assist in the creation of communities and the strengthening of related organisations, ancillary events, that include filmmaking workshops, help develop personal growth, leadership skills and career opportunities.

OIA Board

Duncan Houghton
Jack Lewis
Shahindran Moonieya
Nodi Murphy
Sheryl Ozinsky
Theresa Raizenberg
Mandisa Zitha

Out In Africa Staff

Nodi Murphy – Director
Sharon Jackson – Deputy Director
Theresa Raizenberg – Administrator
Carol Jackson – Finance
Maureen Levenberg – Production Assistant / Inreach co-ordinator

Festival Staff CT

Irmgard Schreiber – Production Manager
Monica Mapetshane – Cinema Manager
Nazeer Ahmed – Technicals / Projectionist
Lunga Kwatsha – Projectionist
Arthur Mataruse – Production Assistant
Donovan Oostendorp – Distribution / Driver
Thando Gqoloza – Chaperone

Festival Staff Jozi

Nhlanhla Ndaba – Production Manager
Fanney Tsimong – Production co-ordinator
Tshenolo Mabale – Production Assistant
Nazeer Ahmed – Technicals / Projectionist
Dowelani Nenzhelele – Projectionist
Apinda Mpako – Cinema Assistant
Unathi Ndiki – Technical Assistant
Thora Matekane – Distribution


Design Concept: Twoshoes Graphic Designers
Programme Reviews: Isla Haddow-Flood & Peter Frost
Programme layout: Tania Bester
Publicist: Joy Sapieka
Web Design: Amanda Gillespie

Contact details

Tel: 021 461 4027
Fax: 021 461 4062
Email: info@oia.co.za
Web: www.oia.co.za
Postal: PO Box 15707

For all media queries please contact our office on 021 461 4027 or email press@oia.co.za.