BFA Producing alum Thandiwe Mlauli is the founder of animation company Studio Yezi. Founded in 2019 in Johannesburg, Studio Yezi (short for/inspired by “inkanyezi,” which means “star” in Zulu) aims to create economic opportunities for Black and Brown people in the animation industry, as well as creating accurate representation on screen.
The studio has announced an upcoming project called SOLA. It will be South Africa’s first independently produced and women-led afro-animation, with Mlauli acting as producer, director and showrunner through her animation company Studio Yezi.
Program Studied at NYFA: Producing
Program Type: BFA
Year Attended: 2015
Location: Los Angeles