Big World Cinema was established in 1994. Led by Steven Markovitz, Big World has produced a number of award-winning fiction and documentary films, and has built up an extensive production and distribution network across Africa. Co-productions have been successfully concluded with over 10 countries internationally.
Big World Cinema fiction work includes executive-producing Stories of Our Lives (Toronto and Berlin), which won Berlinale’s Teddy Special Jury award in 2015; produced the award-winning South African feature film Love The One You Love (Durban, Busan, Goteborg); co-produced Viva Riva! (Toronto and Berlin), the winner of MTV Movie Award for Best African Movie, 2011. Executive-produced the feature film Boy Called Twist (Cannes 2005) by Tim Greene; South African – Canadian feature film, Proteus (Berlin, Toronto, Sydney, Rio, Hamptons). Also produced the feature film Visa/Vie (Durban, Sao Paulo); Inja (nominated for an Oscar® – 2003); and Husk which premiered In Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival; and executive-produced the shorts Pumzi (Sundance) and Beyond Freedom (Berlinale Shorts Competition). They executive-produced the shorts omnibus African Metropolis (Toronto 2013).
The company has produced and executive produced over 50 documentaries that have sold to over 40 countries including Beats of the Antonov (Toronto, IDFA, Dubai, FESPACO), winner of the TIFF People’s Choice Documentary award; Congo in Four Acts ( Berlin, Hotdocs, IDFA), Behind the Rainbow (London International Film Festival, Rio, Tri Continental, FESPACO); It’s My Life, which won five international awards and sold to over 20 countries; The Tap, which won Best South African Documentary at the Apollo Film Festival 2003 and Best Production of the Year at the Stone Awards. In 2006 Steven executive produced a series of African short documentaries on the theme of LOVE from Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and DRC.
Big World Cinema executive-produced the series Project 10: Real Stories from a Free South Africa (Sundance, Berlin, Hot Docs, Tribeca) which consists of 13 intimate, narrative stories by new South African filmmakers which represent a time capsule of South Africa 10 years into democracy. Films from the series have sold to eight countries.
Big World Cinema team