Steven Mihaljevich

Head of Jury for Short Films

Steven J Mihaljevich is an actor, director, composer, writer, editor and media producer known for the creation of independent comedy web series "Search for the Deadliest Rokstaar" and "What Women Want."

Other notable acting roles have included independent feature films "Death Bet" and "The Misguided" (unreleased) , whilst he has composed music for feature films "Severance Pay" "The Misguided" as well as numerous short films including "Ever Watchful" "Widow" and "To Live and Die in Perth." Steven has directed numerous web series, music video's and short films.

Steven formed his own media production house in 2011, M.Productions, which has been responsible for numerous award-winning music video productions for artists such as Big Prodeje, Chelsea Basham, Jonny Taylor, Sisters Doll and Rob Walker. In 2015, Steven developed his own theatre company, Playtime Theatre Productions, which has now become Playtime Film and Theatre Productions.

Tom Collins AND James Collins

Head of Jury for Feature Films

Tom and James Collins are a sibling writer/director duo based in South Africa. They have been making films together since 2012. With academic backgrounds in music and environmental science, they approach their work with a mix of creative and analytical perspectives.

In 2021, they wrote an directed a French 3-part miniseries titled Vaillante. The series was produced for UNICEF with the goal to drive behavioural change around child marriage practices. It was broadcast on Canal + across central and west Africa and screened at Canal Olympia cinemas in 12 countries.

In 2017 They joined Rooftop, an agency and production company in South Africa, as writer/directors. They are currently working towards producing more long form content with Rooftop in collaboration with humanitarian organisations.