Meet the team
Cait Pansegrouw / Producer mentor
Cait Pansegrouw is a multi-talented producer and casting director that has worked across South Africa and in Brazil.
Cait is a SAFTA- winner with work that has travelled to Sundance, Berlinale, Tribeca, Durban and FESPACO, to name a few. In 2018 she was also included on the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans list.
Cait is passionate about identifying and developing talent and together with her business partner Elias Ribeiro, founded REALNESS, an African Screenwriter’s Residency. She has produced projects which have received grants and accolades from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world; World Cinema Fund, Hubert Bals and ARTE/ZDF.
The Wound, which she produced and cast was selected as South Africa’s official entry for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film 2018.
Most recently, she wrapped production on “This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection”, a feature film shot entirely in Lesotho and a project that participated in REALNESS in 2017.
Cait is a Durban Talents, Berlinale Talents, La Fabrique Cinema de L’Institut Francais, Durban Film Mart, EAVE Producer’s Workshop and Biennale College Cinema alumna.
Asanda Biyana / Programme manager
In addition to being the Program Manager for Realness, Asanda is a young director and writer, with a background in Law and Economics. Asanda also has experience in creative research and strategic planning.
Bongiwe Selane / Producer mentor
Bongiwe Selane is an EAVE graduate and an award-winning film and television producer from South Africa.
She has produced across several mediums, including commissioned serial content for Africa’s largest pay-TV broadcaster, multiple short films, a feature film and a documentary series. Her credits and accolades include Culture Shock, the 2013 SAFTA winner for best reality show; Best South African Short Film at The Durban International Film Festival in 2015 for Unomalanga and The Witch, Great Africans– documentary series for Africa Magic Entertainment, and the NFVF’s Female Only Filmmakers Project, a series of 26 short narrative films by women filmmakers.
Her debut feature Happiness is a Four-Letter- Word broke South African box office records in 2016. She has participated in numerous labs at festivals around the world including Venice and Cannes. She is an alumna of the Durban Film Mart, La Fabrique Cinéma de L’Institute Francais Cannes, as well as Produire Au Sud.
Elias Ribeiro / Producer mentor
Elias Ribeiro is a Brazilian born film producer who has lived and worked in over 10 countries. His award-winning body of work spans a wide range of documentary and fiction projects that have premiered in competition at Sundance, Berlinale, Tribeca, Brasilia, Locarno, Beijing, London and Durban, to name a few. In 2017 he had two of his films in the running for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, representing South Africa and Mozambique, with The Wound making it into the shortlist and selling in over 50 territories and winning 28 international awards.
Specialising in international co-productions, his work has attracted funding from Torino Film Lab, World Cinema Fund, Arte, ZDF, SABC, MNET, National, Regional Funders and Private Equity Investors. He is the founder of Realness and Creative Producer Indaba.
Elias is an EAVE Producer’s Network, EAVE +, Talents, TFL, La Fabrique des Cinéma du Monde and L’Atelier Cinéfondation alumnus. In 2018, he helmed the Market and Industry Programme of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival as the Market Director.
Lately he has enjoyed being a jury member for film funds such as Hubert Bals, mentoring emerging producers in labs worldwide and offering consultancy services to different production companies and film-related businesses.
Selina Ukwuoma / Story Consultant
Selina Ukwuoma is a freelance script consultant who began her career at literary agency Curtis Brown working on theatre, film and television projects including 2008 BAFTA winner BOY A.
She has since gone on to advise on award-winning indies such as 2014 Teddy winner THE WAY HE LOOKS and last year’s Goyas triumph SUMMER 1993. As well as consulting for production companies and designing and running development initiatives such as Realness Screenwriters’ Residency and the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Selina teaches screenwriting at the UK’s National Film and Television School and regularly mentors and leads workshops at film festivals, including Berlinale Talents Script Station, TIFF Writers’ Studio, Talents Sarajevo Pack&Pitch, and CTIFMF ADAPT. Prior to her career in the film industry, Selina travelled, taught English, and completed degrees in screenwriting, professional writing, and social anthropology.
She has various interests but is always keen to learn something new.
Mmabatho Kau / Story consultant
Mmabatho Kau is a producer, development executive and script consultant with fifteen year’s experience. She was trained at Torino Film lab and has worked as a script consultant for Realness Screenwriter’s Residence and the Philippines’ First Cut Lab.
She has also worked with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) as a mentor on their screenwriting programme SPARK. Through SPARK, she has trained budding writers from KZN, Polokwane, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. She has produced a wide variety of shows in public service and commercial pay for various broadcasters in South Africa and has worked as a script consultant on films such as My Zulu Wedding, Whale Caller , Kalushi, the Solomon Mahlangu Story and Beyond The River.
Her varied experiences are testament to her passion for re-telling Africa’s story and finding ways to contribute towards building a sustainable film and television industry.