Founder & Managing Director
Miss Sihle Hlophe is a scriptwriter, director and entrepreneur who holds a MA in Communication Studies, a BA in the Dramatic Arts, a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management and a certificate from the Natural History Unit’s Wildlife Film Academy. She is passionate about promoting the use of minority languages in the local and international TV and film industry.
In 2013, Hlophe wrote and directed “As I Am”, one of the first SiSwati short films of cinematic quality. The film has been screened at the Durban International Film Festival, (RSA), the Mpumalanga International Film Festival (RSA), the Mzansi Women’s Film Festival (RSA), the Pan African Film Festival (USA), the Fribourg International Film Festival (Switzerland) and the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Her most recent work is an experimental, essay documentary, “The Aftermath”; it tackles the issue of xenophobia in a very raw, honest and reflexive manner.
Hlophe has worked as a freelance scriptwriter and story-‐liner for one of eTV’s daily shows, “Scandal” for two years. Hlophe was also one of the writers of the highly popular SABC 1 youth drama series “Mutual Friends”. Recently, she penned a low budget feature film titled “Family Affair” for Jester Productions; it will be aired on Mzansi Magic. Her foray into wildlife filmmaking saw her working as a post-‐production supervisor and writer on the 26-‐episode, SANParks funded natural history youth series “Siyaya” which airs on SABC 2. She is currently on the writing team of an new exciting drama series for SABC 1.
Hlophe’s major achievements include being selected as one of the candidates for the Unilever African Filmmaking Academy, winning the NFVF Short Film Scriptwriting Competition and being an exchange student in Helsinki, Finland. With her unique skillset and natural talent for storytelling, Hlophe looks set to leave an indelible mark on the South African TV and film industry.