Dr Lwazi Manzi
Dr Lwazi Manzi has enjoyed a relatively prolific career in her short six years of existence in the film industry. As with many filmmakers she ‘found’ herself in the industry by default and executive produced “Of Good Report”- a multi award winning cult classic.
She now joins Spier Films as director with Mike Auret, after a successful joint venture for 5 years. Her passion for the proliferaton and sustainability of the South African Film Industry led her to conceptualise and execute CineCulture- a multi format experiential platform that tackles the gaps in value chain, which hinder film industry growth.
She was also a founding board member of SWIFT- a women in film advocacy entity, which has exponentially gained presence. Lwazi’s leadership and passion for the industry culminated in being awarded a Special Discretionary Simon Sabela Award (2017) by MEC Sihle Zikalala for outstanding contribution to the film industry, particularly in KwaZulu Natal.
She has a special interest is in developing a unique African aesthetic in anime and developing children’s content by Africa for the African diaspora.