Thursday, August 25, 2022

Fame Week Africa 2022 Opens its doors in Cape Town



Fame Week Africa opened its doors to local and international delegates, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The event running from 24-26th August 2022, launched to a filled industry audience.


As this year’s guest country, the United States was represented by the new U.S. Ambassador to South Africa; Amb Reuben Brigety, II who officially launched the American Village pavilion featuring U.S. investors. At the opening launch, the Amb giving the keynote address stressed the importance of continued partnership between the two countries. 


Termed the Safari of events for the creative industry, FAME Week Africa plays hosts to various shows, conferences and award ceremonies focusing film and television, arts, animation, music, media, and entertainment sectors. And while South Africa is still celebrating Women’s month, we want to highlight women not to miss at Fame Week.


Here’s who made it into FAME Week Africa’s Top 10 Women in Entertainment, alphabetically and by sector:


Film + Television


Ayten Amin, Film Director – Egypt

Ayten Amin's first short film Her man won several national prizes. In 2013, her debut feature film Villa 69received the Special Jury Award for Arab Film at Abu Dhabi Film, the Cairo Film Connection Award for Best Film and the Hubert Bals Award at Durban FilmMart. She also co-directed the documentary Tahrir 2011, selected at the Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and nominated for Best Documentary in Cinema For Peace award Berlin. In 2019, she directed 20 episodes of the hit drama Saabe Gaar (The Seventh Neighbour), a 70-episode TV series.


Camille Eden, VP of Recruitment and Talent Development for Nickelodeon - America (animation)

Camille Eden calls herself a “collaborative leader who specialises in recruitment and talent acquisition, outreach and talent development.” She says she enjoys working with creatives in at all levels to help them achieve their goals. Her work includes being one of 54 black animation professionals who recreated the iconic ‘Great Day in Harlem’ with Nickelodeon.


Dorothy Ghettuba, Director of Africa Originals at Netflix – Kenya

Dorothy Ghettuba is a Kenyan Film and TV entrepreneur and currently the Director, Original Series for Africa at Netflix. She is a co-founder of the Nairobi-based Spielworks Media, an African production company launched in 2009. In 2016, she was named among C. Hub magazine's 100 most influential creative personalities. Dorothy is also a 2016 Archbishop Tutu Fellow with the African Leadership Institute.


Nomsa Philiso, Executive Head of Programming General Entertainment at M-Net – South Africa

Nomsa Philiso is the Executive Head of Programming at General Entertainment, M-Net. She has extensive broadcast and media experience spanning over 25 years in media sales, channel and content management, technology project implementation, and general management.


Mehret Mandefro, Co-founder of Realness Institute and Filmmaker – Ethiopia and America

Born in Addis Ababa, Mehret Mandefro was one of the 2009 Honorees in the Black Girls Rock Awards, receiving the Community Service Award, and in 2014, she was one of the women honoured in the International Women's Day Celebration in New York City, by WomenWerk. The same year she co-produced the film Difret, directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari. Mehret also co-executive produced a 2019 Zeresenay Berhane film titled, Sweetness in the Belly; and the documentary The Loving Generation she co-directed and co-produced which was nominated for a Webby People's Voice Award.


Mimi Bartels, Head of Production: of FilmOne Entertainment – Nigeria

Mimi Bartels career includes more than nine years in content creation, film production and distribution. Her focus is on collaborative building of creative excellence to push Nigerian storytelling to its max. She is currently Head of Production (Co-Head, FilmOne).




Antos Stella, Managing Director – Content Connect Africa - South Africa 

With a magnificent impact on South African music over 30 years, Antos Stella is a hugely respected businesswoman in the industry. Bridging the gap between creative and business, Antos has been part of some of South Africas biggest international artist deals, and a leading content aggregator with a focus on telecommunications and digital distribution.


Domanique Grant, Singer-Songwriter – Canada

Singer, Songwriter, Creator and three-time award winning entrepreneur. Domanique  works with brands, thought leaders and media (TEDx, CTV, NBS) to “share what millennials really feel”. Her critically acclaimed EP Album PLAYHOUSE has been performed on over half of the continents around the world and she is one of 20 artists out of 1 000 in Canada selected for the SOCAN TD Incubator recognising artists with high viability.


Namakau Star, Singer - South Africa

In June 2022, Namakau Star launched her debut EP 7 track EP, LANDING, through Paradise Sound Systems. Born in Johannesburg and now resident in Cape Town, Namakau Star has been a noted for her influence in the alternative RnB & Hip Hop scene; television appearances as well as commendations from different media outlets. In 2021 her music gained popularity through Apple Music’s curated playlists, the Queen of RnB segment on MTV Base.


XXC Legacy, Artist & Cross Trainer Ambassador – South Africa

Born Courtney Thandiswa Mthethwa, this noted young singer, rapper, theatrical performer, clarinetist, pianist and violinist has been dubbed a visionary for her achievements in the music and entertainment scene. Graduating from the National School of the Arts, where she studied music theory, learned piano and clarinet and participated in musical theatre productions.



“FAME Week Africa sees all of these exceptional women as winners, not only for their individuals strengths and creativity, but for their collective impact on the world of entertainment,” says Martin Hiller, Creative + Content Director for FAME Week Africa. “Join us at FWA’s Top 10 Women in Entertainment live and see exactly how these sisters are doing it.”


FAME Week Africa headlined by MIP Africa and MUZIKI Africa is the perfect platform for Africa to bring her stories and content to the world. Based on the tremendous success of FAME Week Africa 2021, industry professionals from around the continent and abroad will once again shine from 24 – 26 August 2022.


Visit the event’s five conference theatres, film screenings, masterclasses and workshop happening till Friday this week.



Register for FAME Week Africa 2022 

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

The Locations Africa conference is back!!!


Hybrid - in person and streaming online via our website.

Go to to register your attendance.

Look forward to influential panels, learning more about shooting on location through masterclasses and Tech Talks. Be part of a familiarization tour of the regions.

For more information visit



Wed, 24 August 2022 10h00-17h00

Thu, 25 August 2022 10h00-17h00

Fri, 26 August 2022 10h00-15h00

CTICC 2, Cape Town, South Africa

+27(0)11 549 8300


In its inaugural year of what is to become a noteworthy industry annual event on the African, continent Fame Week Africa will open its doors next week - Wednesday the 24th - 26th of August 2022 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Organizers are expecting about 3000 visitors, at least over 100 exhibitors and 300 buyers of content.

Hosted by MIP Africa, the leading B2B market for film, television, digital content distribution and co-production business in Sub-Saharan Africa and Muziki Africa, a marketplace focussing on the core music business, the technology sector and brands and the agencies that represent them, Fame Week will showcase co-related events in the creative industries spanning from Film, Television, Animation, Music, and entertainment technology. Featuring a combination of local and international industry professionals, the 3-day event will focus on content sessions, pitch platforms, exclusive screenings, live music, and networking.

“This gathering could not have come at a better time, as we come out of a decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SASFED believes this is a significant platform for the local industry, as well as the African continent. We urge the industry to take this opportunity to attend the event to ensure that, as a sector, we continue to keep our pulse on the global network and continue to entrench our position as part of the global story telling community, be it through film, animation or music”, says Unathi Malunga, the Executive Officer of SASFED.

“SASFED and its member bodies will be participating at the event, presenting in content sessions and in panel discussions. Look out for us!”

Highlights from the event will be shared by SASFED on our social media platforms, and through our website. Access the programme by clicking on the link







Tuesday, August 16, 2022



CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The film & TV industry organisations have joined forces to offer free training of Intimacy Coordinators to enhance safety on local film and TV production sets. – The NFVF

Press Release

Netflix, the NFVF & IPO collaborate to create safer sets in South Africa

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The film & TV industry organisations have joined forces to offer free training of Intimacy Coordinators to enhance safety on local film and TV production sets.


Johannesburg, 16 August 2022: Today, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) and Netflix jointly announced a collaboration to introduce training for Intimacy Coordinators in South Africa. The role of an Intimacy Coordinator (IC) - which has become important to productions around the world - is to keep actors safe on set during scenes involving nudity, simulated sex, and other types of intimacy work while also helping to realise the director’s and screenwriter’s creative vision. To date, those wanting to pursue this emerging specialist field as a career have had to travel to other countries and enrol in costly training programmes, resulting in South Africa having only three qualified practitioners in the field of Intimacy Coordination.

Through this internationally recognised training programme - South Africa’s film & TV community will have more professionals qualified in the field. The NFVF and Netflix will jointly fund the training programme being provided by a leading specialist Intimacy Coordinator (IC) company, Safe Sets, while the IPO -which represents some 70% of the country’s film, TV and digital content producers - will oversee the programme and will assist in placing IC’s on sets across the country.


Applications to be selected as a trainee are now open. Prospective trainees will be required to meet the criteria stipulated on the Safe Sets website (

Please apply by completing the application and providing a letter of motivation here:

Applications open from today, 16 August 2022, and close at 23:59 on 30 August 2022. No late applications will be accepted. Shortlisted applicants can expect a response by 10 September and should be available for interviews from 12-14 September. Should you not receive a response within one month, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The organisations will be selecting 5 candidates from Africa and one from the Middle East, with priority being given to previously disadvantaged individuals who are preferably multilingual in indigenous languages, to ensure effective communication between the IC and performer in sensitive situations. Candidates will go through tutor-lead online training over 8 weeks, followed by 6 days rigorous in person training, plus additional courses giving qualifications in skills such as Mental Health First Aid and Sexual Harassment Awareness. 

The in-person course will be held either in Cape Town or Johannesburg, depending on where the majority of candidates are based. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered, and participation for those selected to receive the training is free.

Training is scheduled to commence from the week of 19 September. Once training is complete, trainees will be placed on professional production sets – on Netflix productions, NFVF-funded productions or IPO members’ productions. Under mentorship, they will complete a 30-day on set, after which they will officially graduate from the programme as fully certified IC practitioners.

While the industry has long had the practice of ‘closed sets’, (meaning only essential cast and crew may be on set during the filming of intimate scenes), after 14 months of industry collaboration, the IPO together with Sisters Working in Film & TV (SWIFT) last year introduced Intimacy Protocols to the industry, to provide detailed guidelines for producers, cast and crew when filming such scenes. Intimacy Coordinators on set ensure that best practice is carried out at all stages of production in line with the protocols, and maintain workspaces that respect the actors’ boundaries while serving the artistic vision

Says Allison Triegaardt, Netflix Manager for Grow Creative: “At Netflix, we’re committed to creating a respectful environment for cast and staff who work on our productions. That’s why we believe the role of an Intimacy Coordinator to be a vital one - and have included them in many of our shows including  Sex/Life and Bridgerton where intimate scenes are important for the show’s narrative. Training more ICs for Africa’s film & TV industry will go a long way towards reinforcing a respectful environment for our storytellers so they can continue to deliver their best work for our members around the world.”

Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO of the NFVF, adds: “In order to create a sustainable creative media industry, as the NFVF we recognize how crucial it is to ensure that we have an empowered workforce that is encouraged to perform adequately in any given environment. In recent years, we’ve borne witness to global movements that have caused the industry to pay attention to the way in which the vulnerable nature of intimate scenes has been neglected. On the South African front, it gives us great pleasure to address this issue practically and its greater GBVF implications through crucial training on intimacy scenes where sometimes the lines are blurred as to what is acceptable and what not only borders on but is indeed sexual misconduct and harassment.”

“And, as the IPO,” says a delighted Thandi Davids, co-Chair of the IPO, “we couldn’t be happier to be part of launching this programme in Women’s Month! Not only will this contribute to safe working environments for women in this industry, it will also increase the number of Black freelancers working at Head of Department level in the industry.”

“Recognition of the benefit the role the Intimacy Coordinator brings to sets is global.  For potential intimacy practitioners in South Africa, lack of access to affordable training has kept people from being able to enter this emerging field,” concludes Kate Lush co-director of Safe Sets.  “To be able to train intimacy coordinators in South Africa, for free, is everything Safe Sets has hoped for, and more!  We are so excited for this collaboration, to be able to facilitate this training and mentorship program and double the number of practicing Intimacy Coordinators across South Africa.


For more information on the programme, please visit IC Training Website.



For more information, please contact:


Netflix: Mokgadi Seabi, Netflix Communications Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa                                         


IPO:  Trish Downing, Executive Director    trish@ipo,


NFVF:   Lerato Mokopanele, Acting Marketing and Communications Manager                                

Safe Sets: Kate Lush, co-Director


About Netflix:

Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 221 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, feature films and mobile games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Netflix


About the NFVF:

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa’s film and video industry. The NFVF does this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions research and produces industry statistics that provide both the stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry.


About the IPO:

The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) is a national organisation which represents, protects and promotes interests and needs of independent South African film, television and digital media producers. It strives towards creating an empowered, transformed and representative industry, by partnering with key stakeholders towards the advancement of a sustainable and enabling environment for producers and, recognizing their role and responsibilities as the engine drivers of work throughout the industry value chain, to creating opportunities for the full value chain of workers across and suppliers to the sector. The IPO aims to maximize the industry's potential to contribute to the country's economy and job creation, and to preserve and promote South Arica's national identity and stories. It currently represents over 70% of working producers in South Africa

Monday, August 1, 2022


Should you already have submitted your application on Friday, but wish to amend/edit it, kindly forward your application number to and she will re-open your application.

For those who still wish to submit an application, you have until the above deadline.