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Teboho Mahlatsi (writer/director, executive producer). Mahlatsi is the co-creator and director of the South African television phenomenon Yizo Yizo, a drama series that garnered the highest television ratings in the history of the South African television. It achieved cult status and was debated in parliament. The series has won awards throughout the world, including the Cinema Tout Ecrand Award in Geneva for Best International Series and has been selected for screening at the New York African Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival and the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis.

In 1999, Mahlatsi wrote and directed the short film Portrait of a Young Man Drowning, which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Mahlatsi’s latest project is a short film Meokgo and the Stickfighter commissioned by New Crowned Hope Festival. In 2006, the film opened Corto Cortissimo, the section dedicated to short films at the prestigious 63rd Venice International Film Festival where Mahlatsi was selected as president of the short film jury. 

He is a co-creator and executive producer of a number of television series and telenovelas including Isibaya, The Road, Zone 14 and a 26-part Pan-African drama series, Jacob’s Cross for M-net. Recently he directed season one and two of popular MTV drama series, Shuga filmed in Nairobi, Kenya. Teboho has achieved great success within South Africa as a commercials director, winning Gold for MTN Ayoba 2010 World Cup campaign, Gold for MTN Nightshift, numerous Silver Louries and a D&AD nomination. He has directed over 60 commercials.