Producers gather to talk about how they finance their films and the war stories that comes with getting films made. They will share their different theories, approaches and what really works to finance projects, as well as warn our participants of finance horror stories and things to not do.
Rafiq Samsodien – A formidable producer in the industries of motion pictures and entertainment, Rafiq was a co-recipient of the 2012 Tribeca, New York Festival’s award for Best Short Narrative for ASAD, a short film he co-produced in the Western Cape, S.A. in 2011 alongside Hungryman LA’s Bryan Buckley which also received a nomination for the same category at the 2013 Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles by the Academy Motion Picture Art & Science. He also won the ABSA|Cape Chamber of Commerce Design Award for 2013. During his 15 years in the industry, Rafiq served as Deputy Chairman of the Cape Film Commission and Chairman of the Finance Location Sub Committees for the CFC, all whilst carving out a remarkable niche for himself as producer of television content, local and international commercials and documentaries. He also judged numerous awards for Imbongi, Vuka and Filmmakers. This period includes Rafiq combining his astute business acumen with creative development contribution to various projects for television with international appeal. Rafiq constantly pushes global boundaries for other markets to expand & create new clients and global networks. His unbreakable movie-spirit cuts through most challenges.
Uga Carlini – Of Italian descent but proudly and fully South African, award winning filmmaker Uga Carlini, president of Towerkop Creations which specializes in female driven heroine stories, has extensive film experience both in front of and behind the camera, with a career that’s stretched across South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia and Fiji. Uga obtained her drama degree, from Stellenbosch University. In Fiji she compiled and pioneered the syllabus, a first of its calibre for the South Pacific, for acting, screenwriting and filmmaking for the National University of Fiji.
A PUMA Catalyst Audience award winner for her short “Good Planets Are Hard To Find”, her hybrid feature “Alison” had its international premiere at Dances with Films Festival in Los Angeles, where it not only got pick of the fest from Enclave LA, the hybrid film also made history by becoming the first South African film to be selected for this iconic film festival. Some of the other international film festivals include, the Cayman Islands International Film Festival and winning Best Documentary at the Asia Pacific International Film Festival. Local highlights include Alison as the opening film of the 2016 Mzanzi Women’s Festival at Constitutional Hill and being part of the official selection of the NFVF showcase of films In Honor of Women and Activism at this year’s Grahamstown International Arts Festival. The film is now heading for the Human rights Film Festival of Barcelona, Paris and New York.
Brigid Olën – Brigid has more than 20 years experience in film production. She began her career at Pendulum Films, where she wrote, directed and production managed a variety of television productions. Having attained significant production experience, in 1995 Brigid and Marlow de Mardt formalised DO Productions. They began by producing commercials but soon returned to their passion, feature films, initially as facilitators. Brigid broke new ground with DO Productions’ first international co-production on the feature DIAMOND CUT DIAMOND. In 2007 Brigid co-produced the movie adaptation J.M Coetzee’s Booker Prize novel, DISGRACE starring John Malkovich. Currently Brigid is working on an interesting slate of thrillers and crime stories.
HOSTED BY: Sean Drummond – Sean is a screenwriter, producer and documentary director working predominantly through his own Be Phat Motel Film Company. His shorts Sweetheart and Wide Open and feature documentaries Lost Prophets and Outsider have screened at festivals around the world. Sean is the founding manager of the Cape Town chapter of the shnit International Shortfilmfestival and sits on the festival’s international executive committee. He has hosted panels on finance, co-production and distribution at Durban Film Mart and has served on the Writers’ Guild of South Africa’s executive council. Sean hosts science, tech and sci-spec podcast Space Life and Other Dumb ideas. He’d like to go to space.
Sean is currently in post-production on debut narrative feature Five Fingers for Marseilles.