Jessie Zinn is a filmmaker from Cape Town. Her work focuses on female-driven stories, with a particular emphasis on ideas surrounding girlhood, womanhood and coming of age stories. She is interested in the space that exists between between fiction and non-fiction. Her work has screened at international film festivals including MoMA Doc Fortnight, Visions Du Reel and the Durban International Film Festival.
In 2017, she was named a 'Marie Claire Future Shaper' in partnership with Marie Claire Magazine and in 2018 she was named a 'Mail & Guardian 200 Young South African'. Her work has been published on platforms such as Design Indaba, Red Bull and Free the Bid. She is currently directing her first feature documentary (The Home), which has been selected for IDFA Academy, IFP Film Week, The Sheffield Meet Market, The Durban Film Mart, and The Visions Du Reel Rough Cut Lab.
She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a B.A in English Literature and Film Production (2015) and a B.A (Honours) in Documentary Film & Video (2018).
Scholarships & Grants:
National Film and Video Foundation, 2019, 2020.
Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, 2019, 2020.