Pioneering the leadership of Bold women in the audio-visual industry

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About Us

Sisters Working in Film & Television (SWIFT) exists to ensure that women’s voices are heard, their talent recognised, their stories told!!

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WHO WE ARE:

Sisters Working in Film & Television (SWIFT) is a non-profit organisation committed to championing empowerment and access to equal opportunities for women in a previously male-dominated industry, by advocating for change from the historical imbalances and a legacy that discriminated against women in South Africa. With current representation in Durban, Johannesburg, Limpopo, and Cape Town, SWIFT plans to expand its reach to all 9 provinces in the long term. women’s voices, recognize their talent, and ensure equal access to opportunities, both locally and internationally.

Become a member

SWIFT Membership expands your industry network experience through the organisation’s curated strategy to enhance the representation of women across the audio-visual industry value chain in the following ways:

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A wide range of project collaborations with esteemed women working in the audio-visual industry,

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Creation of opportunities by facilitating content-creation including access to markets, promotion of practitioners locally and internationally through strategic interventions, collaboration and networking.

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Partnerships with relevant important industry stakeholders in the value chain .

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Testimonial

SWIFT programs have been part and parcel of the growth of my skills as a young African Filmmaker. Recently being the head coordinator in Cape Town for the African Folktales screenings during this year’s Africa Day celebration hosted by SWIFT was also a lovely experience. Being a part of SWIFT has benefited me in such a way that it has shaped who I am, and still becoming the Filmmaker I envision myself to be.

Olwethu Jezilel

My most noteworthy event with SWIFT has to be our upcoming workshop at the Encounters Documentary International Film Festival, which will be led by my female strong HOD.

Uga Carlini

What I love most about SWIFT is the sense of community and connection. The #swiftcommunity members are helpful and have so much compassion. The fact that it's full of film and television experts is a network I cherish.

Soliana Tewolde

There have been doors and networks that have opened for me through the ladies I met at SWIFT. I love the community and support that comes with being a member.

Minenhle Lithuli

I'm a relatively new Swiftie! The supportive community is what I have experienced. To date, the recent @encountersdoc workshop on documentary filmmaking held in Cape Town, Khayelitsha, is my highlight. I have an exciting project in the pipeline, and all I can say is it involves myths, legends & clever robots! 🙌🏻🤖

Carmen Ziervogel

I love the support and celebration of being in the SWIFT village. I say village - because we are always looking out for each other. I look forward to sharing my milestones with the SWIFT community on my industry growth. I cannot wait to produce fruit for my fellow Swifties to enjoy because there is enough crown for everyone.

Ayanda Sky

I absolutely love being a part of SWIFT because of the amazing sisterhood it provides - it's an incredibly supportive and encouraging community. I'm grateful to have such a strong network of women who support my work, and whenever I need a helping hand or guidance, I turn to my SWIFT sisters for support.

Jacintha de Nobrega

I cannot speak highly enough of the SWIFT sisterhood and the unwavering support they provide. Their community is truly a haven for creatives in our industry, and it's heartwarming to know that they have our best interests at heart. Through their countless opportunities and guidance, I feel empowered to pursue my dreams and grow as a creator.

Onthatile Omolemo Nthathe

What I love most about being a Swiftie is the sense of community and belonging that comes with it. I appreciate having a safe and inclusive space where I can interact with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and seek guidance when needed. Additionally, I enjoy the various events and activities that are available exclusively to members. It's a wonderful way to connect with other people who share my interests and passions.

Andiswa Biyela

As a member of the Swiftie community, I'm inspired by the supportive community of women who are always there to lift each other up. The access to knowledge, experience, and advice is invaluable, and it's wonderful to be part of such a vibrant and positive group.

Liese Kuhn

I find it incredibly inspiring to hear success stories from filmmakers who are a part of SWIFT, and it's an honour to be a part of a community that values knowledge sharing and collaboration over gatekeeping and competition. We all have something unique and important to contribute to the world of cinema, and I believe that when we support each other's voices and advocate for inclusive representation, the possibilities for storytelling are truly limitless. It's exciting to be a part of a movement that's working to break down barriers and open doors for new talent, and I can't wait to see what we can achieve together

Gabriella Blumberg

I appreciate the sense of belonging that comes with being a part of a SWIFT community. I know that they will always have my back in the film industry, provide me with essential guidance, and are supportive and non-judgemental. The highlight of my SWIFT experience attending a film funding event where I connected with other environmental storytellers. Consequently, I built a meaningful relationship with them and worked together on multiple occasions. Being part of SWIFT has been a fantastic opportunity for me, and I am grateful for the support and interactions I have had.

Tessa Barlin

What I love most about being part of the SWIFT community is the sense of camaraderie and family that's consistently present. It's incredible to see women lifting each other up, supporting each other, and opening doors for one another. When I was just starting out, I had the good fortune to receive help and encouragement from countless women in the industry, and I'll always be grateful for their contributions during those early years. Now, it's inspiring to see an entire community of women doing the same for others and making strides toward a more inclusive and supportive film industry.

Aliki Saragas-Georgiou

I had the pleasure of attending the Berlin Film Festival as part of a Swift delegation, which was a highlight of my journey as a Swiftie. I love that women are finding their voice and place in the male-dominated industry.

Diana Keam

For me, the highlight of my journey with SWIFT has been the work that the organization has done to ensure that sexual harassment has no place on sets.

Nicola Hanekom

The highlight of my journey as a #Swiftie has been the incredible community of women that I've been able to connect with. This group has been an invaluable source of support and encouragement as I navigate the film industry, and it's been amazing to see us lift each other up and empower one another.

Aurelie Stratton

Lastly, being a part of the swiftie community has been a true blessing for me as a young filmmaker. The sense of belonging and the access to an incredibly resourceful and supportive community has been invaluable. From sharing experiences, exchanging ideas, and empowering each other, the #Swiftie community is one of a kind and has been the highlight of my journey.

Tshegofatso Yamasza

The most exciting part about being a #swiftie was attending a screening where I watched the films made by other women and observed the feedback session that followed, which felt like a supportive network. It's inspiring to see other women succeeding in the industry, and as an aspiring film and TV maker, it helped me visualize myself achieving the same level of success.

Tshegofatso Matile

In the embrace of the SWIFT community, I have found solace and solidarity among like-minded women. Events like FAME WEEK serve as pillars of enlightenment, broadening my understanding of the industry's landscape. Yet, it is the bonds forged and the unwavering support of my peers that truly define this journey—a testament to the strength found in unity.

Zanele Mauka

As for my journey with SWIFTIE, I love the organization's commitment to inclusivity and transparency, providing opportunities and industry insights for women in the film industry.

Twiggy Matiwana

As a Swiftie, I appreciate being in the loop with industry happenings and available opportunities for filmmakers. Most importantly, being part of the Swiftie community means being surrounded by people I can trust and count on for advice, recommendations, and help.

Nerusha Maharaj-Sadapal