Our AFDA Online Open Day host, Noluthando Mnguni, can’t wait to introduce you to our alumni guest speaker, Flavia Motsisi – creative, activist, and entrepreneur – on Saturday 3 October from 10am to 11 30 am, live from our Johannesburg campus.
Flavia is a Commissioning Editor for the M-Net, Local Entertainment Channels. Flavia’s portfolio focuses solely on the scripted content genre with the primary role of originating, developing and commissioning innovative drama series, telenovelas and movies. She assumes a project manager role by providing creative leadership during the development, production and post production process, encouraging innovation whilst maintaining the broadcast standard for the programs.
In addition she served as a board member in the NPO SWIFT (Sisters Working in Film and Television) which is an organization that is committed to empowering women working in the Film and Television. SWIFT advocates for gender and race parity, recognizing the intersectionality of women’s experiences both in front of and behind the camera. Flavia was one of the leading sub- committee members on the Skills and Mentorship pillar and heads up the national vision for Sisterhood Cinema at SWIFT.
Flavia was recently been selected to be part of a new initiative to develop and empower upcoming African producers.
17 producers have been selected for the inaugural Creative Producer Indaba scheme, which has been developed by Realness Institute (created by fellow AFDA alumni Cait Pansegrouw and Elias Ribeiro) in partnership with Sundance Institute, International Film Festival Rotterdam and European training outfit EAVE.
The year-long training programme will include masterclasses and one-on-one meetings with assigned mentors to address topics such as project development, financing, marketing and advocacy.
Flavia is also an entrepreneur and owns an online Boutique as well as a health products business. She is a business mentor and assists women predominantly to start up home based businesses around their commitments, to date she has helped over 17 women around Africa launch their businesses.
“When I launched my business 2 years ago, I did not have much money or business confidence, I just knew this is where my heart was leading me to.
A few months into it, I realized you don’t need all the things you usually hear are a must for business success. All it takes is drive and perseverance to overcome your obstacles, rather than letting them overcome you.
One of my biggest business lesson is around growth & the speed we all seek with our journeys. If you are starting out in business I want to tell you that business growth is most likely not going to come quickly.
It’s been such a fulfilling journey!” says Flavia