Terry Pheto’s Leading Lady Lounge at Durban International Film Festival

There’s no disputing the fact that 2015 is Terry Pheto’s year. Girl is winning on all fronts. Pheto and First Lady Thobeka Madiba Zuma will be part of the first Leading Lady Lounge – a premium experience where film talent and brands will interact at this year’s Durban International Film Festival which takes place from 16 – 26 July.

From 17 to 18 July, the exclusive lounge will create networking opportunities for South Africa’s film stars, invited guests, and media while getting their hair and makeup touched up before taking part in a glamorous pop-up Portrait Studio.

Terry, whose résumé boasts of appearances in the Oscar winning film, Tsotsi and award winning Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom movie, will host a seminar for developing filmmakers in partnership with Parks and Recreation, eThekwini Municipality. The round table discussion is part of the eThekwini Municipality’s commitment to developing young and aspiring artists from various sectors who will be invited to listen and learn from those that have found success in the Creative Industries.

The day will include a Spotlight on Co-production round table with the NFVF and the Actors Round-table which includes cast members from the opening film Ayanda. (Read more on Ayanda here)

The First Lady, Tobeka Madiba Zuma will be also be the guest of honour who will take to the podium to talk about the role of women in SA film over the last 20 years and celebrating their continued contribution in the SA Film Industry.

The second day will start with a story-telling event for the 67 minutes during Mandela Day, where the children’s version of Long Walk to Freedom will be read to a group of young South Africans. The storytelling event is based on the concept of having an authentic and original way of taking facts, experiences, memories and visions from the mind and turning them into words for children and others to comprehend from the storyteller’s perspective. This is a way to essentially preserve the traditional means of storytelling whilst entertaining, educating, and engaging the children.

During both days in the Lounge, renowned fashion photographer, Nick Boulton, will capture Africa’s first ladies and men in film in a glamorous portrait photo shoot to commemorate the event.

“The Lounge is an opportunity for my fellow actresses and aspiring actors to engage with brands that will further their career while motivating and inspiring each other to reach new heights in the industry” said Terry about the Leading Lady Lounge. “I’m very passionate about seeing women grow in our industry so I hope this Lounge will create opportunities for our acting stars to aim for the moon.”


Day One: 17 July 2014

  • Opening with Thembinkosi, Head Parks & Recreation, eThekwini
  • First Lady Tobeka Madiba Zuma as guest of honour
  • Filmmakers Seminar
  • Spotlight on Co-production with the NFVF
  • Actors Rountable
  • Portrait Studio

Day Two: 18 July 2014

  • Storytelling – children’s version of Long Walk to Freedom
  • Filmmakers Seminar
  • NFVF CEO Roundtable
  • Cocktail and networking session
  • Portrait Studio

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