RENE VAN ROOYEN

Rene van Rooyen is a director and screenwriter best known for "Toorbos", South Africa's official entry to the 93rd Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Rene's production company "Red Letter Day Pictures" have produced some of South Africa's biggest local box office earners, including "Vaselinetjie" (#2 Box office 2017) and "Hollywood in my Huis (#5 at the box office 2015), whilst Toorbos reached #2 at the box office 2020. Over the past decade, Rene directed several TV series, including series director for kykNET's "Getroud met Rugby", episodic director on "Fluiters" (kykNET), and "Labour of Love" (MNET). Her television series "Alles Malan", which she co-produced, wrote and directed together with Corne van Rooyen, achieved kykNET's channel's highest viewership numbers for 2019, and 2021. Over the past decade, she was a screenwriter on several films and television series, most notably the co-writer on the pilot for MNET/CINEMAX/HBO's "Trackers". In 2012, she graduated Cum Laude, in directing and screenwriting at AFDA film Academy, after which she directed several short films, including "Nantes" which won the best picture and director award at the launch of one of SA's biggest talent incubator festival, the "kykNET Silwerskermfees". 

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Corne is a director, screenwriter and co-owner of the motion picture company RED LETTER DAY PICTURES. He holds  a Ba. Hons Media degree in Directing and Screenwriting from AFDA film academy. Through RED LETTER DAY PICTURES, Corne released his first feature film as director; "Hollywood in my Huis"  (2014), which won "best picture" at kykNET Silwerskerm filmfees. In 2016 he directed "Sy Klink Soos Lente" (2016) and "Susters" (2017) which had cinema wide release in South Africa. He is director, producer and writer of "Vaselinetjie" which won best picture at Silwerskerm filmfees and "Best Humanitarian film" at Sedona International Film festival. He is a Durban Talents alumna and has directed over 60 hours of content for h SABC, BBC, National Geographic, kykNET and Mnet as well several award winning short films and commercials, which saw him travel across the globe. He is currently in post production for the 13 part drama series "Alles Malan" for South African broadcaster kykNET.