Dylan Valley is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator who views film as a liberatory tool. He is currently a Lecturer at the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, and a PhD student in media studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. In 2013 he received a Pulitzer Fellowship from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he received his Masters in Specialized Journalism. At USC he completed his thesis documentary on the groundbreaking web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. In January 2020, his virtual reality documentary Azibuye - The Occupation premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2020 he also served on the selection committee for the Frontlight section of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
Dylan has directed various documentaries for South African and international television, namely the award winning Afrikaaps (2010), The Uprising of Hangberg (2010), Jumu'a (2011) and Incarcerated Knowledge (2013). He has also directed two documentary films for Al Jazeera’s Documentary Channel (via Hotspot Films, Cairo). Dylan also spent a year as a commissioning editor at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. He is on the editorial board of the critical Pan-African arts, politics and culture blog, Africa is a Country. He is a senior Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity (2019-2020) and a New Generation of Academics Program (nGAP) recipient. His PhD research explores how the internet is shaping new forms of filmmaking on the African continent, and in the diaspora.