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Producers - Andre Scholtz, Dries Scholtz
Director/Writer - Hanneke Schutte
DOP - Willie Nel
Release date: 16 March 2018
Based on the novel 'Blinde Sambok' by Riana Scheepers

- Winner FIPRESCI Critics Prize at the Schlingel Film Festival, Germany
- Winner Best International Feature at the Schlingel Film Festival, Germany
- Winner Best Cinematography Silwerskerm Festival
- Winner Festival Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking - Feature Film, Newport Beach Film Festival
- Winner Best Film for Children, Spirit of Fire Film Festival, Russia
- Winner Best Cinematography, SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award)

North American Premiere:

Austin Film Festival (Nov 2017)

Film Festival Official Selection:

Austin Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Portland Film Festival
Bahamas International Film Festival
Sedona Film Festival
Omaha Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival (Award Winner)
Oxford Film Festival
Auckland International Film Festival, New Zealand
Harlem Film Festival, New York
GUKIFF International Kids Film Festival, Seoul, Korea
Kids First Film Festival, USA
Afrykamera Film Festival, Poland
Julien Dubuque Film Festival, USA
Busan International Kids Film Festival, Korea
Giffoni Film Festival, Italy
Bay Area International Children's Film Festival, Oakland, California
Calcutta International Cult Film Festival (Winner Best Women's Film)
Prescott Film Festival, Arizona
Roshd International Film Festival, Tehran, Iran
Schlingel Kids Film Festival, Germany
Cinekid Film Festival, Amsterdam
Olympia International Film Festival, Greece
Ale Kino Kids Film Festival, Poland
Spirit of Fire Film Festival, Russia (Winner Best Children's Film)

"Schutte’s instant coming-of-age classic is a gauzy fairy tale about grief, loss, and friendship, with two of the most astonishing child performances you’ll ever see. There will be tears."

"Smart, touching, magical and beautifully composed, Meerkat Maantuig is one of South Africa's best films to date."

JIMMY IN PINK (feature, comedy)

Jimmy, a conservative corn farmer, is elated when his rich gay uncle offers him a way to save his farm from bankruptcy - only to find out that he’ll have to bare his midriff and master the up-do.

- Winner of the UK Film Council/NFVF 25 Words or Less Contest
- Winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the Beloit International Film  Festival, Illinois, USA

Producer -  Zaheer Bhyat - Light & Dark Films
Director/Writer - Hanneke Schutte
DOP - Jacques Koudstaal
Editor - Zelmari Degenaar
Released nationwide August 2013


Saving Norman tells the story of a hypochondriac ex ping pong player (Willem Dafoe) who never got over missing a major tournament final because of a cold.

- Winner of the Jameson First Shot Competition 2013

Producers - Dana Brunetti, Carter Swan, Kevin Spacey - Trigger Street
Director/Writer - Hanneke Schutte
DOP - Craig Kief
Editor - Nicole West
Released in May 2013

Watch the film:

SUPERHERO (short, drama)

- Winner of the NFVF Female Helmer Short Film Screenplay Contest.
- Winner of 2 SAFTAs (South African Film and Television Awards) Best Short Film and Best Cinematography (Willie Nel)

Official Selection:
- Durban International Film Festival
- Tri-continents Film Festival
- Foyle Film Festival (Ireland)
- Cinemafrica (Sweden)
- Birds Eye View Film Festival (London)
- Sehsuchte Film Festival (Potsdam, Germany)
- 1 Reel Film Festival (Seattle, USA)
- Film Initiativ Koln (Cologne, Germany)
- Montreal International Black Film Festival (Montreal, Canada)
- Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Delaware, USA)
- Aurora Picture Show (Houston, Texas, USA)
- Yasujiro Ozu International Short Film Festival (Sassuolo, Italy)

Watch the film:


TALK SHEEP (feature)

Sediba Screenplay Development Programme.


Semi-finalist in the BERLIN TODAY Short Film Competition at the Berlinale Film Festival’s Talent Campus 2010.

BAKGAT 3 (feature, produced)

Co-writer with Henk Pretorius.
Release date: 2013

GATIEPIE (feature, comedy) (co-writer) NFVF

Currently in development:

THE POEM (Feature, drama) 
- Script development funded by the National Film and Video Foundation
- Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition Semi-Finalist

MOTHER ME (TV Comedy Pilot) 
Sundance Episodic Lab Second Round

DRUMMIES (Feature, Coming of Age)
Script development funded by the National Film and Video Foundation

THE TRIANGLE (TV Mystery Pilot)

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