Jemima Spring

Jemima has 18 years in the film and television industry, but coming from a filmmaking family, lived and breathed film from an early age. She has broad experience in most aspects of filmmaking working on feature films, tv dramas and commercials, as an assistant director, production co-ordinator and manager and then continuity person. Her credits include Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Everyone’s Child, Ramadan Suleiman’s Fools, Neil Sundstrom’s drama series Homeland, the Jackie Chan feature Who Am I? as well as a number of the Nu World action films that were the staple of many South African film crew at the time. She also worked in the film publicity arena – assisting on films such as Darryl Roodt’s Cry, the Beloved Country and handling the Zimbabwean feature Flame, which was selected for the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes.

As a director, producer, writer and editor, Jemima has worked on a wide range of television programming, both as a freelancer and through her own production companies. Her credits include the documentaries Sticks & Strings, which was selected for the Fribourg Film Festival; and iHoliday eTranskei, which was selected for the Encounters, Tri-Continents and Apollo Film Festivals and nominated for Best Documentary in the 2006 South African Film and Television Awards. Jemima conceptualised, produced and was a member of the directing team of the first season of Mantswe a Bonono, a series for SABC2 that showcased South African writers and included a number of filmmakers. One of her episodes Free to Be won a Silver Screen Award at the US International Film & Video Awards.

Jemima has a passion for training and has ensured that there is a training element in most of the projects she has worked on. She has recently furthered this interest by offering courses through The Fundamentals Training Centre in areas in which she has identified gaps in available training. These include Conceptualisation & Proposal Writing, Production Management and Assistant Directing for Drama. She has also given guest lectures on these topics and others such as Running a Small Production Company at City Varsity and Afda and has acted as an adjudicator on student films at both establishments.

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