Timothy Mangwedi is the founder and executive director of the Joburg Film Festival. Mangwedi is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in the arts, media and marketing world. He began his journey at various big brand multinational corporations before he branched out into business and cultural entrepreneurship. Over the years he has helped build flagship cultural events that include Africa’s Premier content market, Discop Africa, the South African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale to name a few.
Bongiwe Selane is an award-winning producer who has produced across several mediums, including commissioned serial content for Pay-tv M-Net, multiple short films, a documentary series and the box office hit, Happiness is a Four-Letter Word. “It’s exciting to be part of the Johannesburg Film Festival team, a film festival which promises to bring an exceptionally curated selection of films from across African, the African diaspora and the world, including documentary and animation, while connecting and offering local audiences films that they would not have necessarily seen on mainstream cinemas.
Has been the curator of the Joburg Film Festival since its inaugural instalment in 2016.
Pimenta brings a world of experience to lead the festival programming team to craft Africa’s expertly curated film festival. As a leading voice on Africa film, he has shaped the festival as an unrivaled platform that celebrates the best in African film from across the continent and the diaspora. This year, films like Yardie, Hero and Grace Jones, Bloodlight and Bami stand out as examples of a diasporic conversation between Europe and the Carabean african experience. North American stories find voice and space in the programme through Toni Morrison and Amazing Grace for example.
In what is an example of the rise of animation as a genre of storytelling, Liyana which tells the story of a Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. All these have given the festival a diversified film programme that should satisfy the most demanding film lover.
This is in part thanks to his vast experience as a curator and film festival director. In 2018 was been invited to be a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the United States, responsible for the Oscar awards. Pedro has also served as the Festival Director of the Durban Film Festival in 2015. Between 1997 and 2003, Pedro was the chief Technical Adviser of the UNESCO Zimbabwe Film and Video training Project for Southern Africa in Harare. As part of his function he conceived and managed various training programs. He is one of the founders of AVEA (Audio Visual Entrepreneurs of Africa) which runs an annual professional training program for producers in Southern Africa. Until December 2005, Pedro was a member of the Prince Claus Fund Awards Committee of the Netherlands. He is the founder and Director of DOCKANEMA, a documentary film festival in Mozambique.