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About Xolisa Mpafa

Xolisa Mpafa (South Africa) is an award-winning filmmaker that believes in developing the next generation of filmmakers. He runs a film festival by the name of Thokoza Film Festival whereby he trains and mentor more than 200 young filmmakers. His dream is to build a cinema in his community that we can use to screen films and also be a platform for filmmakers to showcase their films


SAFTA Youth Achiever Award 2023

MALAIKA (Producer)

Best Debut Short Film at Sarvin International FF (Bangladesh) 2023

Best Short Film at Rohip International FF 2023(India)

THANDI (producer)

Best Producer at EIFF 2022

Break the silence (writer/producer)

Best Spot Film at Marano Ragazzi Spot F 2021(Italy)

SIPHO DLAMINI (writer/producer)

Best Actor at EIFF 2019 (SA)
Best Director at EIFF 2019 (SA)
Best Actor at Lake International Panafrican FF 2019 (KENYA)
Best Feature at HIPHOP FILM FESTIVAL (NY) 2020

Xolisa Mpafa established a film festival in 2022 and to date they have trained more than 200 young filmmakers