Writer/Director: 3 Good Things
An SABC commissioning editor for comedy, his cartoon ‘Ja-Nee’ appears weekly in The Weekender, and his work has appeared in the M&G, Sunday Independent and The New Yorker. 3 Good Things was made as part of his MFA in Film Production at Columbia University.
Matthew was born in 1986 and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. He started studying Music and Art in school, specializing in Guitar. He first started using film as a medium in art at school before attending AFDA where he currently specializes in Directing, Writing and Visual Effects. Always pushed to excel Matthew started up Echo Ledge Productions with Producers Ben Kaufman and Rafeeqah Galant as a means of gaining extra experience outside of AFDA’s curriculum. Farm is the fourth short film he has written and directed as a member of this production company.
A graduate of the AAA school of Advertising, Lodi worked for top advertising agency Net#work BBDO. Three years ago she quit advertising and dedicated her time to becoming a fulltime scriptwriter. Her credits include Felas TV, Home Affairs, The LAB, Rhythm City and City Ses’la for which she won a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA). Lodi contributes editorial to the online magazine www.rage.co.za, her poetry has just been published by Tracce Diverse in the poetry anthology Peo Tsa Rona. With her Puo Pha Productions partner, Mak Mamabolo, she is in development with the next 26 episodes of Society. BFF, a short film which she also wrote and co-produced, is her directorial debut.
Writer/Director: Beyond Hate Crimes
A 27 year old writer and LGBTI activist, passionate about mainstreaming and advancing LGBTI rights in Africa, working with Behind the Mask.
Bulgarian born Stanimir Stoykov has been living in South Africa since 1993. He attended the National School of the Arts where he studied art and then completed his BA in Dramatic Art at the University of the Witswatersrand. Since 2002 he has produced and directed a number of indipendent short movies (LEAPS AHEAD, THRUSH, PUSSY, LESBIAN BRAAI, FANNIE). His style of movie-making has been described as “trashy”, but Stoykov prefers to describe it as “no budget glamour”.Over the past few years he has collaborated with some of South Africa’s greatest talents like the late Patrick Mynhardt, veteran actor Robert Whitehead, singing and dancing sensation Amra Faye-Wright, disco diva Tamara Dey and many more. Stoykov references influences such as John Waters, Pedro Almodovar, Bruce LaBruce and Alfred Hitchcock.Stanimir Stoykov works as a casting director and has also appeared in a number of local TV and film productions (Straight Outta Benoni, Footskating 101, Izoso Connexion).
Kali van der Merwe
Artist, award winning filmmaker, photographer, sound designer, drummer, skills trainer and honours graduate (sculpture). Her artistic practice uses the body, her own as well as others, to explore the hidden, the taboo, the unmentionable, the unwatchable—yet also to celebrate sensuality and erotic expression. Her search is for the ambiguous and the contradictory—where things are not what they appear to be.