Hi, my name is Oshosheni Hiveluah, I am a Namibian filmmaker. I direct, write and produce and have four narrative short films under my belt and I just recently shot my first feature film and I have also co-diretced my first documentary film, besides all the other corporate and commercial work I do to get by. I have been working for 11 years in the film industry, wow that’s a little more than a decade.
So how did it all happen? Well my filming career began after I returned home to Namibia from studying in Cape Town and participated in a student filmmaking workshop where I was initially just meant to write the screenplay, because the first dream was and remains to be a writer. As fate would have it I ended up writing and directing this little student film which was called ‘Tulila’s Fate’ which opened up more doors and opportunity into the local film industry. I went on to work for a local production service company for several years to gain experience in the film industry and during that time I made my second short film ‘Cries at night’.
After that I couldn’t ignore the nagging feeling any longer, I had to write and direct more films, it wasn’t enough for me to work on other people’s films, I had too many ideas and it brought me so much joy.
In 2010 I quit my super cool producing/partner job in pursuit of that dream. I became a freelancer with the primary focus entirely on film directing and writing, but survival instincts kicked in and in order to have a regular income I also opened up a casting agency called Shooting Stars Casting Agency. From there next short film ‘100 Bucks’ followed and in 2014 ‘Tjitji the Himba Girl’ was completed. I am currently working on my first feature film and also developing several other film ideas in collaboration with African writers from the region. I plan on producing more films for emerging directors in southern Africa through Digital Afros. What is that? Well you see, I am also the Creative Director of a spanking new and young film a design company, which is called Digital Afros and manage an NGO called Emoona Cultural Foundation which is an initiative for youth with regards to the preservation of culture and heritage through the arts.