Manhattan-born, Johannesburg-bred, Charlie Vundla is the award-winning independent filmmaker of the new lockdown feature film Hotele Lerallaneng (Hotel on the Koppies). An official selection at the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam. He is also the writer-director-actor of the critically acclaimed feature film Cuckold (aka The Tribe), an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival and the Africa International Film Festival, where he won the Best Actor prize. His debut feature film as writer-director was the box office hit and critical success How to Steal 2 Million.
The debut film was the winner of four Africa Movie Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Film, also a prize winner at the Pan African Film and Television Festival 2013. The film secured North American distribution and was an official selection at the Seattle International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Durban International Film Festival and the Lincoln Center section of the New York African Film Festival, amongst others. Vundla is a Berlinale Talents alum, and chief executive of the production company House Rising Pictures, whose mission statement remains re-defining Africa and her people in an exciting and authentic light within commercially viable content.