Cinemuse Film Society is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent voices through its programs, discussions and workshops.

We believe that exposure to artistic voices from all countries and cultures can nurture and inspire authentic voices, that do not serve as mere copies of mainstream entertainment, but contribute to the global conversation in a meaningful way.


At the present moment, the greater majority of films that are screened in South Africa, represent mainstream culture.

One could compare this to a person that is limited to a diet that constitutes mainly carbohydrates (refined sugar to be more accurate). Though it is true that this macronutrient has an important function in the body, having it as the only source of nutrition causes havoc in the body and is the source of a number of serious diseases. If one was not aware that there are other options available, such as vegetables and proteins, one would never be able to treat the root of the problem and support a more healthy body.

In the same way, South African media desperately lacks exposure to a more holistic and cosmopolitan worldview. Cinemuse aims to inspire a more empathetic society by building a platform where audiences can discover inspired voices from all countries and cultures. But exposure is not enough: Thoughtful conversation and debate can empower audiences to identify and reflect on the values and ideas presented in the films.

Filmmakers Hosted at Cinemuse

Sean Drummond | South Africa | Writer/Producer | "Five Fingers for Marseille (2018)”

Jenna Cato Bass | South Africa | Writer/Director/Producer | "Love the One You Love (2015)"

Oliver Hermanus | South Africa | Director | "Shirley Adams (2011)"

Corné van Rooyen | South Africa | Director | "Hollywood in my Huis (2015)"

Sisanda Henna | Actor, Writer, Producer

Bonnie Mbuli | Actress, Writer, Producer

Vlokkie Gordon | South Africa | Producer | "Hollywood in my Huis (2015)"

Dylan Voogt | South Africa | Producer | "Skoonheid (2010)” & "Unearthed (2014)"

Ben Ludik | South Africa | Composer | “Skoonheid (2010)” & “Wonderwerker (2012)

Richard Finn Gregory | Director | "Boers at the End of the World (2016)"

Kirsten Carthew | Canada | Writer, Director | "The Sun at Midnight (2016)"

Contributing Film Critics

André Crous | South Africa, Czech Republic | FIPRESCI Film Critic

Hannes van Zyl | Program Developer UNISA, Philanthropist, Former head of NB Publisher

John van Zyl | Program Developer WITS

Martin Botha | Associate Professor of Film Studies, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Leon van der Merwe | CEO & Festival Director, Cape Town International Film Market & Festival CTIFM&F (Formerly Cape Winelands Film Festival

Burcin S Yalcin | Editor at “Arka Pencere” Film Magazine, Istanbul, Turkey | FIPRESCI Film Critic

Festival Partners

Encounters Documentary Film Festival, SHNIT Short Film Festival, Africa Documentary Film Festival, Woordfees

The Cinemuse Team

Cinemuse Founding Members

Pierre F. Lombard & Werner de Swart

Cinema & Restaurant

Zirk du Toit, Emile Vorster (5Ryneveld)

Odwa Nomavuka (Kayamandi, AmaZink)

Event Hosts & Facilitators

Ben Ludik, Bryce Anderson, Jos Koetsier, Julia Cain (UCT), Odwa Nomavuka, Dawid De Villiërs, Alex Omega


Amelia-Jean Prentice, Vincent Riess, Adriaan Odendaal, Cilliers Odendaal

Advisory Board & Financial Support

Hannes van Zyl


Christine Strutt (Von Seidels)

Wine Sponsors