October 24, 2023

Music also plays a big role in my process of expanding my creativity

Female Filmmaker Friday Features Producer, Founder and Managing Director of Black Seed Film Hub

Andiswa Biyela

As a producer, my passion lies in taking a concept and nurturing it until it resonates with audiences

far and wide. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of being part of a team that tells great stories!

I make it a personal challenge to experiment with new approaches so that I can explore different

ways of thinking. Music also plays a big role in my process of expanding my creativity.

At this moment, I am still uncertain about the specific ways in which my experiences as a woman in

the film and television industry have influenced my approach to production leadership. Nevertheless,

I am committed to tapping into my own journey and obstacles to shape and improve the working

environment for future creatives. My ultimate goal is to create a space that fosters growth, creativity,

and inclusivity, unlike the challenges that I encountered earlier in my career.

One of my most unforgettable experiences was being part of the crew for Survivor in Pulau Besar

Island and Big Brother Africa, where I had the opportunity to produce social media content for both


What I love most about being a Swiftie is the sense of community and belonging that comes with it. I

appreciate having a safe and inclusive space where I can interact with like-minded individuals, share

experiences, and seek guidance when needed. Additionally, I enjoy the various events and activities

that are available exclusively to members. It’s a wonderful way to connect with other people who

share my interests and passions.

My personal muses are Lulu Hela and Connie Ferguson, two remarkable women who prioritize their

families and excel in their careers. I’m inspired by their ability to balance personal and professional

obligations, and their dedication to pursuing their passions while also nurturing their loved ones.

They serve as a reminder that it’s possible to have fulfilling personal and professional lives, and to

make a positive impact in the process.

Currently, we’re in the development stage of our first short film, Mahadi, which we anticipate

releasing in 2024. We’re excited to dive into the filmmaking process and bring our vision to life and

are working diligently to ensure that every aspect of the production is carefully planned and

executed. While there is still much work to be done, we’re eager to share our creation with the world

when the time comes.