Elias Ribeiro is a Brazilian film producer who has lived and worked in over 10 different countries and is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and German. After relocating to Johannesburg in 2010, he pursued his MA in Film Producing and founded Urucu Media in 2011. His body of work spans a wide range of documentary and fiction projects that have premiered in competition at Berlinale, Tribeca, Montreal, Beijing, Stockholm, London and Durban, to name a few. Specializing in international co-production and distribution, his work has attracted funding from Hubert Bals, Torino Film Lab, Arte, ZDF, SABC, MNET and National and Regional Funders. He is the creative director of REALNESS, an African Screenwriters Residency where five screen-writers are invited to attend a six-week residency to develop a new draft of their original feature screenplays. The residency aims to provide the continent's best emerging writing talents with the necessary time, space and support to develop their unique cinematic vision. Elias is an EAVE Producer’s Network, Talents, TFL, La Fabrique des Cinema du Monde, L’atelier Cinefondation and Produire Au Sud alumnus.
Producer / Casting Director
Cait Pansegrouw is a multitalented producer and casting director that has worked in South Africa and Brazil. She is a Durban Talents, Berlinale Talents, Durban Film Mart, La Fabrique Cinema de L'Instituit Francais and EAVE Producer's Workshop alumna. Cait is passionate about spotting budding talent and nurturing it so that it can be cultivated to its true potential. Along with her business partner, Elias Ribeiro, she runs Realness – An African Screenwriter’s Residency, a Pan African initiative for emerging auteurs. Cait is a SAFTA-nominee with work that has travelled to Sundance, Berlinale, Tribeca, Durban and FESPACO, to name a few. She has played an integral role in developing projects which have received grants and accolades from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world; World Cinema Fund, Hubert Bals and ARTE/ZDF. Cait’s passion for development makes her adept at fostering both projects and people and no matter the scale, she thrives on the adventure of bringing script to screen.