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Tanner Mitchison

Graduating his honours in 2021 at AFDA Durban, majoring in both Writing and Directing, Tanner Mitchison found his passion for film later than most. Born in Sandton in 1998, Tanner went through most of his school life unsure of his future. In 2016, he found that his keen eye for visuals and his love of storytelling could come together; leading to a rash decision to attend film school - a complete shot in dark.
Now, with a love of film from pre-production to post-production, Tanner has found his passion for telling unique and visually compelling stories. He wrote and directed nine productions and worked on over sixteen during his practical studies. His 2020 Graduation film was nominated for thirteen campus awards, awarding him with Best Director, Best Writer & Best Production. You can find him at night writing gibberish and hoping for the best. He works best under artificial light.

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Gina Hackett

Gina Hackett is a writer, director, and journalist from Wisconsin. She tells stories about women who make trouble.
Last fall, Gina received SFFILM’s prestigious Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship for her screenplay A Bridge Between Us, which is based on a true story and was a finalist for TFI’s Sloan Grand Jury Prize, among other accolades. Gina’s short films include Amateur Night, which premiered at the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival, and Beauty Marks, which she shot on 16mm film and is currently in consideration on the festival circuit.

Philippe Talavera

Born in France, Philippe Talavera has lived in Namibia since 1997 where he is a Permanent Resident. Founder of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust, he has directed films such as 'Kukuri' (2018 - nominated best film Southern Africa AMVCA 2020), 'Salute! (2017 - winner Sotigui Award best actor Southern Africa), 'Pap and milk' (2016), 'Now that I can talk about it' (2014) and 'Stinky boy' (2012).

Selim Harbi

Selim Harbi is an award-winning director, living between Berlin and the African continent-wide. graduated in Audiovisual Media from Beuth university of applied sciences.