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Sifiso Khanyile

Documentary filmmaker and archive researcher

Producer: Mutant

Sifiso is an award winning documentary filmmaker and archive researcher. He started his career working as writer and content producer on talk and magazine shows. He also worked as a local producer on numerous foreign productions, and produced for ABC News (America) for 4 years between 2012 and 2015. His feature debut ‘Uprize!’ has been in 20 international film festivals and has won Best Documentary. His short documentary on tennis player Arthur Ashe won Best Documentary at the 14th edition of Dieciminuti Film Festival in Italy. He recently won Best Director at Jozi Film Festival for his latest documentary ‘A New Country’. As an archive researcher, he has worked on several international film and television projects. He is a founding member of the Association for Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) an organisation that aimed to empower, develop and inspire emerging filmmakers from disadvantaged communities. He is a judge for the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) and has served as jury member for the International Emmys.