Passion Seed

Sihle Hlophe is a SAFTA-winning filmmaker and a multi-degree earner. Over the last 12 years, her work has been recognised with a number of accolades. Hlophe is an alumni of the prestigious IDFAcademy (the Netherlands), the North-South-South Student Exchange Program (Finland) and the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Story Lab (Canada). Hlophe’s latest documentary film, “Lindela Under Lockdown” (2020), was the winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Cameroon International Film Festival 2021. Hlophe recently directed a feature-length Showmax Original film titled “Pearls Of Wisdom”. Hlophe is also the director of “African Dreams”, a 13 part mocku-series that premieres on SABC 1 in October 2021. Hlophe is the co-producer of ‘Sadla’ (2020), the first narrative film by a black South African filmmaker to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (USA). Hlophe has written and directed two award-winning narrative short films that have been screened at over 40 film festivals around the world. She is the producer and director of a feature length documentary, “Lobola, A Bride’s True Price” (Most Outstanding Documentary Project, Durban Film Mart, 2017); due for release in 2021. Over the years, she has worked as a scriptwriter and storyliner on award winning TV shows such as “Lockdown”, “Scandal”, “Mutual Friends” and “Broken Vows”.