DRIKUS VOLSCHENK

Drikus Volschenk
Head of Acting For Screen

Drikus Volschenk is one of South Africa’s top actors who has worked on over 60 films, television and theatre productions, both locally and internationally. Drikus has starred in multiple award winning productions, alongside world class talent, including Idris Elba and Naomi Harris in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (20th Century Fox: 2013); Beauty (2011)
Read more/less, the Queer Palm Award Winner at Cannes Film Festival, which was also the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards; Durban Poison (2013), which won the Best South African Feature Film at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). He also starred in Dis ek, Anna (2015), which won six South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs), and was cast alongside Sophie Okonedo and Sam Neil in, Skin (BBC Films: 2008), the biopic which won 19 international awards. Well versed in the art of theatre and film, Drikus also lectures Film, Television and Screen Acting at the top film schools on the African continent, e.g. AFDA, which has won numerous local and international awards, including the student film Oscar (2013) and several other Academy awards Nominations the past few years. AFDA is a world class institution and member of CILECT, the International Association of top Film and TV Schools globally, representing over 60 countries, which produce 65% of the world’s blockbuster films and TV series. In 2018, Drikus starred in the critically acclaimed dystopian science fiction series alongside Dylan O Brien and Rosa Salazar in the American Blockbuster, Maze Runner: Death Cure (20th Century Fox: 2018). The series is nominated for several awards including BreakTudo Awards (BTDAs) and Teen Choice Awards. In his latest work he stars as one of the leading men in the remake of the iconic SA film Fiela’s Child (SAFTA winner best feature film 2019) and just finished a run at the famous Market Theatre in Johannesburg of Victor Gordon’s Brothers.
JOSEPHINE OBUDO

JOSEPHINE OBUDO
Head of Sound Recording and Production for Film & TV

Josephine Obudo is a freelance sound mixer with experience in documentaries, short and feature films, television, commercials, and corporate videos. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Film Technology from Kenyatta University, with training in competency-based learning. Notable productions Josephine has been part of include: the political documentary,
Read more/lessNyandeng (2020 The Whickers Film and TV Funding Award), and the mental health feature film, Lusala (2019 Best Film Nominee, Durban International Film Festival). Other recent productions working on location, post-production, and live: Coke Studio Africa, Sema Nami (TV shows), Midlife Crisis, Salma (features), ICEA LION, Velvex (commercials), Morning After, Coachez (shorts), The Blue Economy, Tatu City (corporate videos) among others. She also works with an array of organizations like UNDP, Unilever, United Action Fund, ESADA, Carrefour, Docubox, LBX Africa, Form ni Gani, East Africa Procurement Forum, Republic of Kenya – President’s Delivery Unit among others. Josephine helps productions; plan and record good location sound ensuring the post-production process is about creativity in sound design and not trouble-shooting. She believes in George Lucas’ famous saying, “Sound is half the experience” and is passionate about sharing her skill set; training film students and practicing filmmakers upscale their knowledge and skills in film/TV sound. When not working, Josephine enjoys going on road trips, bike rides, amateur woodwork, and watching movies.
JAN DU TOIT

JAN DU TOIT
Head of Cinematography & Lighting

Jan Du Toit was raised on a sheep farm in the middle of South Africa. This instilled a great love for the environment, as well as a passion for exploration and learning, in him. He qualified first as a graphic designer and later as a filmmaker from the Pretoria Technikon in South Africa.
Read more/lessThe desire to create stunning images inspired him to explore the world. His work has taken him to more than 50 countries across the globe, from the natural paradise of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, to war torn Kabul, Afghanistan, whilst working as a freelance documentary cameraman for broadcasters such as National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC. He also worked on major feature films and TV series such as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The Dark Tower, Invictus, Maze Runner 3, Resident Evil – The Final Chapter, Black Sails, the latest Jodie Foster film: The Mauritanian and many more. This has given him a unique and close-up glimpse into the modus operandi of world-class cinematographers, directors and actors. Throughout his professional career as a commercials director of photography, cameraman and photographer, he remained passionate about sharing his knowledge with young filmmakers. He taught both permanently and part time at Tshwane University of Technology, Wits University, The University of Johannesburg, Rhodes University, The Open Window Art Academy, City Varsity, Boston City Campus and AFDA – all South African tertiary institutions.
KARIMA EEFENDI

KARIMA EEFENDI
Head of The Art of Screenwriting

Karima Effendi works as a script and story advisor on various projects, including features, experimental films, series-length & factual formats. Born & educated in Cape Town, South Africa, she moved to Johannesburg in 1997 where she worked in film & television and the media & publishing sectors. She enjoys working independently and with dynamic teams of
Read more/lesspeople. Her freelancing career in film and television spans more than 20 years and includes: runner, production assistant, researcher, production manager, director, head writer and producing an award-wining TV drama series, Intersexions. Karima has taught since 1992 at film schools and universities in South Africa in areas that include visual storytelling, screenwriting & media studies. In 2018 she was the recipient of an Andrew Mellon Award and in 2019 won the judge’s award at the Wits African Research Africa (ARA) Postgraduate Showcase, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. From 2021 she will head up the story development and screenwriting programme at the newly established EbonyLife Creative Academy in Nigeria. She has an acumen and love for conceptualising stories for the screen.
VINCHO N'CHOGU

VINCHO N’CHOGU
Head of Producing For Success

Vincho Nchogu is a producer with over fourteen years in the TV and film industry. MS. Nchogu has experience producing in East and Southern Africa. She produced Gabriel and the Mountain, 2017 winner of visionary award at Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival. She has worked in the European and American markets. Vincho Nchogu is a Film Independent Producing Fellow.
DANIEL ORIAHI

DANIEL ORIAHI
Head of Directing

Daniel Emeke Oriahi works have gained theatrical releases, international film festival selections and local and foreign critical mentions. He studied Motion Picture Production at Nigerian Film Institute, Jos and Writing for the Screen at Pan African University, Lagos, Nigeria. Daniel is also a Berlinale Talent alumnus and CEO of House5 Production; a
Read more/lessMedia production company which has produced/co-produced several commissioned shorts, television/online series and films for reputable media companies such as EbonylifeTv, Africa Magic (Mnet), Rok Studios (IrokoTV), Ndanitv and FilmOne Productions. Daniel’s graduating student short film Waiting Lines (2009), was awarded “Best Student Short film” at ION International Film Festival, 2009 hosted in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Daniel’s first feature film Misfit (2013) made official selection at NollywoodWeek Paris International Film Festival 2014 and Berlin International Film Festival (AfrikaMeka Section) 2014. Daniel’s second feature film ‘Taxi Driver - Oko Ashewo’ (2015) was officially the third highest grossing Nollywood film in Nigerian cinemas in 2015 and is available on Netflix. Oko Ashewo also screened at numerous prestigious international film festivals such as Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2016, Bazar/Centre for Fine Arts Brussels and several Ivy League institutions in the United States, namely Yale University, Columbia University and Dartmouth College as a focus study on the emerging style and aesthetics of New Nollywood. Daniel’s third feature film, Sylvia (2016) was an official selection at BFI SouthBank, London UK 2018 and is also available on Netflix. Daniel lives with his wife and daughter in Accra, Ghana.
WAVINYA NGEI

WAVINYA NGEI
Head of Production Design and Art Direction

Wavinya Ngei entered the world of art in film in 2006 with the advent of Tusker Project Fame in Kenya, run by Endemol South Africa as an Art Department assistant. Since then she has never looked back and has trained in the art department on the job under more experienced designers and by self training. An enthusiasm to learn, a keen eye for detail and
Read more/less a natural ability in fine art has seen her join many interesting projects in Kenya’s film industry, and has enabled her to work in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and South Africa. She was a volunteer art teacher for girls aged 7-16 years with Binti Pamoja in Kibera Slum Nairobi where she taught painting, drawing, story writing, sculpture while also learning tremendously from the young girls about the natural talent that distinguished African youth. She is driven by a passion to help bring Great African stories to life as they have never been seen before. During her 15 years working in the film industry, she noted that many young people share the same desire to learn and grow their skill sets in film and that there did not exist many platforms to make this happen. The creation of EbonyLife Creative Academy and the chance to pass on what she has learnt over the years is therefore a dream come true, and she looks forward to welcoming students to this amazing new learning centre.
MARK MAINA

MARK MAINA
Head of Post Production

Mark Maina, a recipient of the Africa Viewers’ Choice Award and an alumnus of the prestigious Film Akademie Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, Mark Maina Maingi, is an award-winning Kenyan film director, screenwriter and editor. Mark has gained considerable attention for his awardwinning films, consigned to oblivion (2014), Home (2015) The Editor (2017)
Read more/less and Neophobia (2017) which he wrote, directed and edited. Neophobia was selected for screening at Short film Corner and Creative Minds Group at the 2017 Cannes Festival and has gone on to win over ten international awards. In late 2017, Mark was approached by producers of 18 hours film to edit the film. He took up the challenge and he won the Africa Magic Viewers’ choice Award for best picture editing. The film also won the award for best East African film as well as Best Overall film. In 2019, Mark produced, wrote, directed and edited HARRIET, a science fiction film in Germany as part of his participation in the International Class at Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg. The film was well received. Having Lectured Film/Tv Directing, grading and Editing Classes at Africa Digital Media Institute and Multichoice Talent Factory East Africa, Mark has overseen the success of two award winning student short films ENSULO and PROMISES which were also nominated for best Feature film at the KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM AND TV AWARDS. Students/trainees leave his sessions more prepared than ever been before to Direct and Edit films.