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Hello my name is Rowen Smith.  I am an Afrikaans & English South African Screenwriter, Film & TV Director, photographer and Independent video producer.

In 2013, I graduated with  an Honors Degree in Motion Picture Medium at AFDA in Cape Town, majoring in screenwriting and Film Directing. 

In 2014, I co-directed “The Shores Season 2”, a 13 x 24 minute Scripted-Reality TV drama in Cape Town South Africa and soon after I founded Cignalhill.com, a digital video company.  I then moved onto writing pitches, developing feature films and ventured into International
co-production & film financing. 

January 2016 was a great month for me as a writer, having completed my first ” English-Indie” Romantic comedy feature screenplay and I then pursued my career as a South African Producer, Media Delegate and Screenwriting judge. 

Over the years the video projects I’ve produced have screened at 14 International Film Festivals world wide namely;  

  • 24th Aguilar De Campoo International Film Festival, Palencia Spain 2012
  • 34th Durban International Film Festival 2012
  • 2014 Shnit International Film Festival 
  • 2014 PPC Imaginarium Film Competition 
  • 2014 Viewster Online Film Festival – New York
  • 2014 Wavescapes International Surf Film Festival – Official Selection 
  • 2015 Shnit International Film Festival
  • 2015 Turbine Art Fair – Official Screening 
  • 2015 Design Indaba – PPC Imaginarium Screening
  • 2015 Durban International Film Festival 
  • 2016 Indie Karoo Film Festival
  • 2017 MakeDox Macedonia Documentary Festival 
  • 2018 Best Animal Video, – Storyhunter NYC, Staff Pick
  • 2019 White Oryx Film Festival – Dubai Knowledge Park, UAE
  • 2019 Ethnological TV Film Festival – FESTEF, Kucevo, Serbia
  • 2019, Shortcuts Film Festival Indjija, Serbia

During my career as a filmmaker I’ve learned to thrive on the minimum and focus on the maximum. For the most part, I shoot stills photography to improve my skills in capturing memories, feeling & emotion, while I work on various projects at different stages of development.