polani fourie

Polani Fourie identified by DIFF as one of the compelling new voices in African Film-making, she is not only an Actress, but also an Award-Winning Photographer, Screenwriter & Producer. A soloist since the age of 5; drama classed since the age of 14 - acquiring A’s & A+’s on an ongoing basis in regional Eisteddfods & in doing so playing various local lead roles either as soloist or actress. The child-recipient of the ATKV Medal for Outstanding Cultural Leadership; acquiring the prestigious ATKV study bursary later in her life - which helped pave the way for her to receive an Honors Degree in B. Com Business Communications. As top Photo Journalism student, she was selected as one of 15 to Major in Audio-Visual (TV Production). She furthered her Acting studies at ACT Cape Town under Tamryn Spears & Alison Hofer. She studied Presenting at SABC. She furthered studies in Screenwriting at Daniel Derckson’s “the Writing Studio,” then further courses at the Hollywood Script Doctor, Peter Russell & with LA based Comedy-writer Tim O’Donnell (from “Everybody loves Raymond”). Being a multi-faceted all-rounder, she has worked on set and behind the scenes at M-NET (Location Manager for “Be on Go”), KYKNET (Production Manager for “Sediment”), Studio Zoo (Research Analyst / Story Researcher & Producer) & behind the scenes on “The Giver.” Acting accolades include a lead role for Skye Television UK & being booked for the season of “Black Sails”. She’s a proud Alumni of the Berlinale Talents Durban - selected as one of 40 across Africa. Transformation Champion (mentoring member) for ATFT; one of three SA female writers nominated for Red Touch Media’s Writer’s Award & ABIA Award winner for Photography 2012 (African Bridal Industry Awards).Her Screenwriting projects have been selected for NATPE Prague 2015 & Miami 2016, her Short film “The Riddle” approved for further development by DIFF – one of four Screenplays selected from across the continent. She is most passionate about her SA Unification film “Unite” with local producer Frans Cronje’. During 2015 / 2016 she served as Vice-Chair of the Writers’ Guild Council of South Africa. She’s liaising with Emmy Award Winners on a new film project to be rolled out in SA, with the support of E-TV & WGSA - that will have a well-known Hollywood mentor attached as Director - which will provide new opportunities and aid the development of our local film industry talent.

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