Born in Kwa Zulu-Natal: Mark Engels’ 40 year film career spans the disciplines of filmmaking in award winning directing, cinematography, producing & screenwriting.
His admiration of African culture and heritage has seen him produce direct music films for many South African legends: Philip Tabane, Caiphus Semenya, Vusi Mahlasela & Yvonne Chaka Chaka, as well as directing multi-camera television broadcast on Cape Town’s legendary Jazz Festival for a number of years, as well as for many prestigious international artists.
Mark’s career first rose to prominence with his film of Vicki Sampson: “My Afrikan Dream” which garnered a SAMA (South African Music Award). Subsequently he received the South African Society of Cinematography’s (SASC) “Visible Spectrum Award” (three times) for Jonathon Butler’s ”Exodus” – Burning Spears “Home to my Roots” & Joseph Hill’s “Live in Africa”.
An experienced, creative & insightful film professional, with a respectful personality, Mark understands the success of all commercial films will be found in the skillful combination of both the art and commerce of dramatic and dynamic storytelling!