Penguin Films is one of the premiere film and television production companies in South Africa, having achieved success both locally and internationally in the fields of feature film long form television drama and comedy.
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Her televison drama series have received international recognition including:
Finalist Drama International Emmy (Sokhulu and Partners– 2009)
Semi-finalist Drama International Emmy Awards (Home Affairs– 2006)
Finalist Banff Canada (Home Affairs- 2007)
Rose d’Or Switzerland (Home Affairs- 2007)
Finalist Drama International Emmy Awards (Home Affairs– 2007)
Second Prize Best Sitcom Golden Rose Awards Switzerland (Madam & Eve– 2002)
Runner-up Sitcom in International Emmy Awards New York (Stokvel – 2004)
Her filmography includes:
Felix (Won 17 International Awards inclusding TIFF Kids Festival Young People’s Jury Award for Best Feature Film in 2014; Audience Choice Award at Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, in 2013; Lucas award for Best Film at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany;
Inside Out (successfully distributed by Ster Kinekor and Icon Entertainment);
Skilpoppe (Mnet Movie of the Month)
Ingoma (Won 6 SAFTAs 2016 for best Made for TV Film)
Krotoa (distributed by Ster Kinekor and Shoreline Entertainment) Winner of 9 international awards including Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival and The Montreal International Black Film festival.
The previous 4 years working at Penguin and Paw Paw has placed Sheena in a beneficial role in the industry as she could learn and be mentored by Roberta Durrant and find her way into Producing. She now oversees and gets involved in all funding applications for all new projects, budgets, cost reports and pitching concepts to broadcasters.
In 2018, Julia went independent and wrote and directed her debut short, “Far From The Castle.” She is currently editing her second short, has a series in development inspired by “Far From The Castle,” and is writing and set to direct her first feature based on the true story and book by Jean Marx-Engelbrecht, “Huberta: The Untold Story.”
Julia is stirred by psychological, offbeat narratives that are brought to life through unusual micro-universes and lyrical imagery. There’s a mischievous undercurrent in her work, alluding to the complex nature of the human condition. Julia’s worlds run parallel to our own, often opening a window into the darker sides of our nature. Her audiences may be lulled in, but it’s not long before their abruptly catapulted out, oftentimes through harsh lessons learned.
Julia has an MBA from the University of Oxford (Dean’s List), a Masters in Global Governance (Cum Laude), a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, and a diploma in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy. Julia is an advisor to The Wellbeing Project, an NGO focused on the development of inner prosperity.
After returning from the States Tanya moved to Cape Town where she refined her skills further working in the Post Production department at Lobster Ink. During this time she also lectured part time at the School of Audio Engineering. She joined Penguin Films in 2016, first as an assistant editor but quickly worked her way up to head editor heading the whole post production department. Some of the productions she has worked on include award winning programs like Disney’s Cookabout, Sara se Geheim, Ring of Lies, Ambitions and the hugely popular Afrikaans telenovela Arendsvlei.
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