Penguin Films is a multi-generational, award-winning film and television production company in South Africa. We've achieved decades of success, both locally and internationally, in the fields of feature film, long form television drama and comedy.
Lauded for our attention to detail, industry access and premium delivery, Penguin Films has constantly produced progressive narrative work for global and local audiences.
Meet Our Team
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.
After his graduation he started working as a Junior Producer in the advertising industry. He has to date production managed and coordinated 29 commercials, line produced the music duo Cassettes documentary, produced 6 music videos for Terraplane, as well as for international artists Like Faze, Dare and Buffalo Soulja from Nigeria, produced a 2 hour multi camera promotional DVD at the Standard bank arena for Masters of Rhythm, produced the second season of the reality magazine show Mikasi Sukasi which was on aired on SABC 1 in 2015/16. He’s been a technical director for reality shows such as Big Brother Africa/Nigeria/Angola and Mzansi, he was the production manager on Ring of Lies season 1 and 2. He co produced Disney Cookabout, season 2/3, an international co-production between Disney UK and Penguin Films, he co produced the feature film ‘Pinky Pinky’ for Showmax, and two local dramas ‘Kwamamazala’ and ’13 weeks to find Mr. Right’ for the SABC. He’s also sat on the evaluation panel for the KwaZulu Natal film commission from 2017- 2021.
The previous 7 years working at Penguin and Paw Paw has placed Sheena in a beneficial role in the industry having been mentored by Roberta Durrant, her mentorship has assisted Sheena to grow professionally and prepared her for what the industry requires. Sheena oversees and gets involved in all funding applications for all our new projects, budgets, cash flows, cost reports, expenditure control for our various productions as well as our business development. She forms an integral part of Penguin and Paw Paw Films and her role adds to the growth of the Group.
Thereafter she spent just under 2 years at a popular local soapie (Suidooster) working in production as a coordinator and scheduler. She has participated in 2 Silwerskermfees competitions and was part of the team that won best short film at the 2017 Silwerskermfees for the 24 minute short; Soldaat. In 2019 her journey at Penguin films began and since her introduction to the company she has been presented with numerous opportunities to grow creatively and especially within the field of production. She has recently line produced her first Penguin films production, a 13-part drama for kykNET, which is due to air next year. She is a budding creative producer who has the privilege of being mentored by Roberta Durrant and is keen to contribute to the future successes of Penguin films in her capacity as producer and shareholder.
Julia spent just under a decade working in development at FremantleMedia and RadicalMedia before going independent and telling her own stories.
In 2015 she set up Southern Point Pictures. Her film, My Father the Mover, won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival (2020) and was acquired by MTV Studios. It was nominated for a prestigious Critics Choice Award. Julia premiered her documentary short, ELSA, at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2022. It was acquired by The New Yorker. She recently wrapped a short documentary for Disney+ and is currently packaging her narrative feature, Huberta.
Julia has a filmmaking diploma from The New York Film Academy, and an MBA and Masters in Global Governance from the University of Oxford.
After emigrating to South Africa 1980 he worked at the SABC as a cinematographer. He was a founder member of Penguin Films in 1982 and worked as their resident Director of Photography. Uwe has filmed many of Penguin Films’ award winning documentaries most notably the award winning profile documentaries on Sheila Cussons, Paul du Toit, Pierneef, Richard van der Ross, A Sahib in South Africa ( SABC and the BBC). More recently a documentary film on Krotoa and the Bulhoek Massacre. He has also filmed on many of Penguin Films’ award winning drama series most notably Khululeka the voter education comedy series which was on air over for over a decade.
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