Steven Markovitz © Steven Markovitz

Steven Markovitz is one of Africa’s most pioneering producers, with 20 years’ experience on feature films, documentaries, short films, distribution and festivals. He has an extensive production and distribution network across Africa and has coproduced with over ten countries internationally. Steven co-founded the production company Big World Cinema in 1994 as well as the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival in 1999.

Steven co-produced the thriller Viva Riva!, directed by Djo Tunda wa Munga, (Toronto 2010. Berlinale 2011) which won the MTV Movie Award for Best African Movie in 2011 and a record 6 African Movie Academy Awards. Viva Riva! has been released in USA, UK, Australia/NZ, Canada, Belgium, France, Germany and 20 African countries.

Steven produced the award-winning South African- Canadian co-production Proteus, directed by John Greyson and Jack Lewis (Toronto 2003, Berlin Panorama 2004). The film sold to 10 countries, including the USA, Canada, UK, Germany and Italy. Steven executive produced Boy Called Twist directed by Tim Greene, which sold to the USA, Belgium, Holland, Greece, South Africa and the Middle East.

Steven has produced, executive- and co-produced many short films, including Inja/Dog (Oscar nomination 2003), and Husk, (premiered In Competition, Cannes Film Festival 1999). Steven Markovitz was executive producer of Latitude, a series of nine fiction films from eight African countries including Wanuri Kahiu’s award-winning Kenyan science fiction short Pumzi (Sundance 2010). Steven also executive-produced Beyond Freedom (Berlinale Competition 2006).

He has produced and co-produced over 50 documentaries, many of which have screened at festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, IDFA, Hotdocs, Tribeca and have sold to television worldwide. He is currently producing films in Kenya, Ghana, DRC, Liberia, Malawi and South Africa.

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