Women in Film celebrates women’s contribution to the development of, and on-going participation in, South Africa’s film industry, as producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, sound engineers, editors and the many other key role.

Helena Spring

Helena Spring is an independent producer. While Head of Production at Videovision Entertainment she produced more than sixty television projects and more than twenty feature films including the Academy Award nominated motion picture, Yesterday, and Red Dust starring Hilary Swank. Helena was also executive producer of the motion picture Waati, directed by Palme D’Or winner Souleymane Cisse; and Katinka Heyns’ Paljas, selected as South Africa’s first official entry in the 1998 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language film category. As an independent producer she has, among other projects, produced the most recent Leon Schuster film Mad Buddies. She is now working with a slate of young film-makers and on several other film projects.

Monica Rorvik

Monica Rorvik was the lead programmer of the Durban International Film Festival's (DIFF) documentary section. She headed the Festival’s workshop programme, and Talent Campus Durban project where over 40 African filmmakers attend DIFF for master classes and seminars. She is a founder member of the project steering committee for the Durban FilmMart. She has curated films for a number of other events, including the African Union Film Festival in 2002, DIFF at the World Social Forum in Kenya 2007, and liaised closely with local and international festivals and film agencies.

Judy Naidoo

Judy Naidoo has produced and directed several documentaries, short films, commercials and corporate videos under the umbrella of her company Black Heat  Productions, which she founded in September 2002. She produced the documentary series titled Journey to a Dream for SABC 2 that won Best Educational Documentary at the 2006 first ever South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs).  

Judy produced the award winning animation short Kahānikār (The Storyteller) and fiction short Au Revoir Monkey.


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