Award-winning writer/director Sihle Hlophe holds a MA in Communication Studies, a Post- Graduate Diploma In Marketing Management and a BA in the Dramatic Arts. Hlophe is also a Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Fund Fellow (Canada) and an alumni of the prestigious IDFAcademy (the Netherlands) is the founder of Passion Seed Communications, a film and TV production company that has been commissioned by organisations such as the the National Film & Video Foundation, SABMiller and the Foundation For Human Rights.
Hlophe has written and directed two narrative shorts and a handful of documentaries. Her documentary project, "Lobola, A Bride's True Price" recently won the 'Most Outstanding Documentary Project' award at the Durban Film Mart in South Africa; the award was sponsored by IDFA. The prize was an all-expenses paid trip to attend the prestigious IDFA Academy in the Netherlands.
Hlophe’s work has been screened at film festivals as far afield as North America, Europe, Australia and various parts of Africa. Hlophe has worked as a scriptwriter and story-liner for popular TV shows aired on all the major broadcasters in South Africa. Hlophe also has experience as a content director, production manager and post-production supervisor. Her work promotes minority languages and gives a platform to marginalised voices.
Pule Moswane has over 12 years experience in the entertainment industry. He graduated from Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking where he majored in Film & Television Production. He also holds a Certificate in Live Events Technical Production from the South African Roadies Association (SARA) where he trained as a professional live audio and sound technician for live events and broadcast entertainment. Pule has experience as a sound technician, backline monitor engineer and sound logistics coordinator for internationally recognised companies such as VWV Events Company, Prosound, TEDCO and Sound Stylists PTY (LTD).
Pule also volunteered as an intern at Today AM and worked as a radio presenter at Mafikeng FM for 2 years. Pule began his TV career as a researcher at Soweto TV. In his capacity as a sound recordist, Pule has also worked on shows such as Funatix, Once Upon A Country, Utatakho, Please Step In, Date My Family and KFC Taste Kitchen. He has also worked as a sound recordist for documentaries, short films, corporate videos, drama series and commercials. As Passion Seed Communication’s technical manager, he is responsible for coordinating the activities of all the technical departments and maintaining all equipment in order to ensure proper operation.
Nondumiso has 8 years experience in the TV industry. Over the years she has worked as a content researcher/producer, insert director and script writer on a number of docu-reality TV shows, some which went on to win SAFTA awards.
She is a Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking graduate and her graduation film, Oswenka, won three awards. Nondumiso is a Talents Durban alumnus. She is currently pursuing her goal of becoming an impact documentary filmmaker.