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Female Filmmaker Friday Features Producer, Founder and Managing Director of BlackSeed Film Hub Andiswa Biyela

Olwethu Maseko

Female Filmmaker Friday Features Producer, Founder and Managing Director of Black Seed Film Hub
Andiswa Biyela
As a producer, my passion lies in taking a concept and nurturing it until it resonates with audiences
far and wide. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of being part of a team that tells great stories!
I make it a personal challenge to experiment with new approaches so that I can explore different
ways of thinking. Music also plays a big role in my process of expanding my creativity.
At this moment, I am still uncertain about the specific ways in which my experiences as a woman in
the film and television industry have influenced my approach to production leadership. Nevertheless,
I am committed to tapping into my own journey and obstacles to shape and improve the working
environment for future creatives. My ultimate goal is to create a space that fosters growth, creativity,
and inclusivity, unlike the challenges that I encountered earlier in my career.
One of my most unforgettable experiences was being part of the crew for Survivor in Pulau Besar
Island and Big Brother Africa, where I had the opportunity to produce social media content for both
shows.
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.
My personal muses are Lulu Hela and Connie Ferguson, two remarkable women who prioritize their
families and excel in their careers. I’m inspired by their ability to balance personal and professional
obligations, and their dedication to pursuing their passions while also nurturing their loved ones.
They serve as a reminder that it’s possible to have fulfilling personal and professional lives, and to
make a positive impact in the process.
Currently, we’re in the development stage of our first short film, Mahadi, which we anticipate
releasing in 2024. We’re excited to dive into the filmmaking process and bring our vision to life and
are working diligently to ensure that every aspect of the production is carefully planned and
executed. While there is still much work to be done, we’re eager to share our creation with the world
when the time comes