Simon Bright’s is currently working on developing the interactive series Great Trading Empires of Africa. He is currently studying for a DPhil at UWE Bristol. Simon has a master’s degree in development communication, and began by making and distributing training videos for small scale farmers through the Zimbabwe Government’s Department of agricultural extension. Today he has a worldwide reputation for work which foregrounds an African Renaissance. His keen interest lies in celebrating the diversity of African culture, with films like Mbira Music – Spirit of the People, featuring performances by many of Zimbabwe’s finest traditional and contemporary musicians, Tides of Gold which rediscovers the glories of the region’s pre-historic trading past, and Mama Africa, the highly successful series of six short fictions written and directed by six women directors from different countries in Africa. He also directed and co-produced Robert Mugabe… What Happened? This film has been widely screened from Tokyo to New York and from Cape Town to Berlin. Simon and Ingrid founded the Afrika Eye film Festival which takes place annually in Bristol. He also co-founded the Tano African Film Festivals of the United Kingdom Association.

Supervised by Andrew Spicer (Director of Study) and Shawn Sobers.