Karin Slater (Producer / Director and Cinematographer)

Karin Slater (Producer / Director and Cinematographer) was awarded with the prestigious Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC Cannes 2008. An award given to five filmmakers around the world doing creative and innovative work in documentaries. She also scooped the Best South African Documentary Award at the 2008 Durban International Film Festival for her film 50 Years! Of Love?

Her first recognition came in 1989 when she received the 'Best Student Director Award' while studying at Technikon Natal, South Africa. She went on learning her trade in the wilds of Africa raising and filming big cats for Londolozi Productions.

She worked as a D.O.P / Director / Producer with Londolozi for nine years on international wildlife and cultural documentaries shot on 16mm. During those years she was entrusted with the task of raising and filming two leopards cubs that starred in Running Wild, a feature film with Brooke Shields and Martin Sheen.

In 1994 she lived in the wild with a lioness while filming Shingalana, a 6 part series for Disney.

In 2000 Karin produced, directed, filmed and edited Animal Powers – a 52 minute documentary for National Geographic for which she won four Avanti Awards including direction. She also produced and directed 4 hours of adventure programming independently for National Geographic through her company Out of a Suitcase.

In 2000 she started a new production company, Durga Shakti Films, that produced Scars, The Hidden Landscape, Amagugu and numerous films for NGO’s across Africa.

In 2004 she directed The Meaning of the Buffalo one of the films for Project 10 – a Binger/ SABC1 initiative. Her film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and also screened at Berlinale, Hot Docs, Encounters, Africano Film Festival, Milan, Beel voor Beeld in Amsterdam, the Environmental Film Festival, Turkey, Museum of Modern Art, New York to name a few. It was also selected as a New York Times critics pick 2004.

In 2005 she made From Nkoko… With Love which was chosen for Encounters Film Festival, Fespaco and was a co-production with SABC 2 and NFVF as a women’s day special.

While pregnant in 2005-6 she shot and directed 3 documentaries, Prenessa and the Dolphins and Onse Water (Riemvasmaak) for SABC, and Buddha in Zululand for the Dutch Buddhist channel.

In 2006 she also represented South Africa in the Women for change series with a short film called Finding Grace.

She has also shot numerous documentaries for other independent directors including Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman (Jennifer Fox ), Papers for Nikiwe (Ingrid Gavshon) and Everyday a Hawk Takes Another Chick (Jane Gillooly).

Karin has taught numerous courses on filmmaking. In 2007 and 2008 she taught Business for Filmand Cinematography at Selkirk College in British Columbia, Canada. She currently lectures Directing and Cinematography at Big Fish Multi-media College, Johannesburg.

Her latest is 50 years! Of Love? a film about marriage, its relevance in today’s society and people that have survived it for over 50 years. In the making for the last four years 50 years! Of Love? captures some of the last long term marriages and their secrets..

She often works with her husband, Steven Bartlo, who has produced several of her films. Together with their two daughters they work internationally and recently returned from India where they made 2 documentaries, Laxmi’s Blessings (Encounters Film Festival) and Snakebusters.