Yolanda Keabetswe Mogatusi a South African Filmmaker and Storyteller whose career in film and television has spanned over 12 years. Through her company, 1000 Hugs Films, Yolanda has produced many hours of television content and her transition into film has been met with much acclaim with her short film Hair That Moves and dance documentary, Rumba In The Jungle – The Return , playing at many different festivals around the world. An advocate for female empowerment both on and off screen, most of her films have a strong female lead and her children’s content carries a message of self-acceptance and personal empowerment. A sustainable fashion enthusiast, she is a regular mentor and moderator at the Nature, Environment and Wildlife Film Congress (NEWF) where she is passionate about equipping a new generation of impactful filmmakers. Yolanda’s latest projects are two animated series called Rapulani and Lula’s Gift from the Ocean which won the Road to Annecy Road Pitching competition in 2022 as well as an award-winning kids game called Rapz.




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