Emmy award-winning documentary director Francois Verster has a wide background in writing, music, academia and film and is one of South Africa’s foremost filmmakers. His films have been broadcast worldwide and won many festival awards. His most recent documentaries include When the War is Over, The Mothers’ House and A Lion’s Trail for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Achievement in 2006.Verster also has a distinguished academic career.  He was the first Percy Fox Fellow at the University of Cape Town, and has taught at UCT, Columbia University, Bowdoin College, NYU, City Varsity and various other institutions.


Film producer Lucinda Englehart lived in Cape Town for 5 years where she lectured film at the University of Cape Town and worked on many film projects including feature film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2005. She produced Sea Point Days with Francois Verster and Neil Brandt after they worked together on Verster’s previous film, The Mothers’ House. Following her return to London, she produced Turkish/Iraqi feature film My Marlon and Brando which won Best Director at the Tribeca Film Festival as well as over 15 other awards and is being released worldwide. She is now Head of Production at leading film finance company, Aramid, and based in London.


Neil Brandt runs Luna Films out of Johannesburg. Luna Films focuses on unique original content for the local and international markets. Brandt’s award-winning films include Angola Saudades, The Mother’s House, Solly’s Story, History of South African Politics, Tsietsi My Hero and Courting Justice. His films have sold to broadcasters worldwide, including NHK Japan, Arte, Sundance Channel, Documentary Channel and Al Jazeera English. He is a founding member of South African Filmmakers Against Racism (FAR).