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About Us

Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) is a fresh and energetic non-profit. Birthed when a group of South African women making films and television came together to discuss the needs of women, it is now the only South African organisation focusing exclusively on the common concerns and shared experiences of women working in film and television. As we work towards engaging, developing and advocating  women, SWIFT has fast become a hub of support, empowerment and inspiration. 

Currently SWIFT has chapters in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. 

Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) was conceptualised during the 2016 Durban International Film Festival. Women making films and television (both locally and internationally) came together to address common concerns, share experiences, support and inspire one another. All in attendance strongly expressed the importance and need of an organisation that works towards uniting, engaging and advocating for women, in essence one that ensures that women are given a voice in the industry. This was the inception of the organization SWIFT.

Currently SWIFT has chapters in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town, who meet monthly hosting different events all with the agenda to empower women and allow them to network. The decision was made to take an entire year to set up the organisation with an official launch at DIFF 2017. The intention was to assess the real needs and issues women are facing as opposed to dictating and making generalised assumptions.

After several meetings with women from diverse backgrounds, some key issues stood out, our aims were outlined and committees were established in order to begin meeting these needs.

Odette Geldenhuys
Western Cape Board Member
Odette is a human rights attorney and a documentary filmmaker. Most recently I was the co-producer of the award-winning The Shore Break, a feature-length documentary set in the Amadiba area Read More
Caroline Doherty
An international award winning writer, Caroline won the Peter Ustinov Award at the International Emmy’s in 2004. Since then, she has worked consistently in the South African television industry. She Read More
Bonie Sithebe
Bonie Sithebe is co-founder of Durban Motion Pictures, worked on several television projects as producer, director and screenwriter. Bonie holds several local awards for her television work. Written and directed Read More
Mary-Ann Mandishona
Organisational Capacity, Affiliations, Relations and Fundraising
Mary-Ann is a Directing graduate from New York Film Academy (USA), National Film and Video Foundation Spark Screenwriter’s Program (South Africa), CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (Canada, TIFF), CineFam MasterClass (DIFF) and Read More
Aliki Saragas
Aliki is a South African documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Johannesburg. After completing her MA in Documentary Arts at the University of Cape Town cum laude, in 2015 she Read More
Flavia Motsisi
Skills and Mentorship
Flavia Motsisi is passionate about filmmaking and has made several short films in the capacity of writing, directing, producing and starring in some of the films. Her work has travelled Read More
Zoe Ramushu (nee Chiriseri)
Organisational Capacity, Affiliations, Relations and Fundraising
Zoe is passionate about African women and the way they are portrayed as well as the way they perceive themselves. In order to further this passion she serves on the Read More
Fazila Kohl
Vice Chairperson – WESTERN CAPE
My journey into the world of moving pictures started from humble beginnings as a projectionist at a multiplex. Entering the high octane world of advertising propelled me into the in-house Read More
Sara Blecher
SWIFT Chairperson
Sara is a co-founder of REAL EYES FILM , a boutique South African based production company that has made a number of award-winning features, documentaries and drama series. An honors Read More

SWIFT is a registered non-profit organisation, governed by a Constitution, tax exempted and not registered for VAT.


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