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YouTube, the Pan African Film Festival and the Africa Narrative Announce Semi-Finalists for the I Am Africa Short Film Competition, Spotlighting Filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa

UPDATED: December 20, 2019 with additional corrections and added filmmaker


LOS ANGELES -- YouTube, in partnership with The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) and The Africa Narrative at USC Norman Lear Center, announced today the 48 semi-finalists for the I Am Africa Short Film Competition -- a competition to find new storytelling talent based in Sub-Saharan Africa. PAFF jurors have narrowed down more than 160 submissions from around the continent. 

 

A special jury comprised of Stephanie Linus, Themba Sibeko, Funa Maduka, Stacy Osei-Kuffor, and Dormtainment  will pick three top winners to be flown to Los Angeles to participate in a day of workshops, production training and networking with the entertainment industry at YouTube Space LA as well as a red-carpet screening at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), which runs from February 13-23, 2020.

 

TO VIEW THE SHORT FILMS:

Starting today and through January 11, 2020, the entire global YouTube community will be able to view the selection of films at  http://bit.ly/38AcCpW.

 

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

Community support in the form of votes at the official voting page at https://www.paff.org/forms/iamafrica will decide which filmmaker will win the Audience Award, and also attend the PAFF in Los Angeles. Voting for the Audience Award runs now through midnight on January 12, 2020.


Without further ado, the 48 semi-finalists are listed below. Congratulations to each of the filmmakers on their accomplishment. 

SEMI-FINALIST WINNERS AND FILMS 

 

2 Grams and A Sunrise

Country: South Africa 

Director: Malusi Bengu 

Genre: Drama

2064

Country: Botswana 

Director: Joseph Adesunloye 

Genre: Fantasy

A Cemetery Of Doves

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Adetokunboh Sangodoyin 

Genre: Drama

A Game For All

Country: Lagos, Nigeria 

Director: Amarachi Nwosu 

Genre: Coming-of-age

Axis Mundi

Country: South Africa 

Director: Matthew Jenkas & Sean Steinberg 

Genre: Horror

Below The Legal Line

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Ovinuchi Ejiohuo 

Genre: Documentary

Breaking Forth

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Peter Okojie 

Genre: Documentary

Closed

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Tolulope Ajayi 

Genre: Drama

Closet Hookup

Country: South Africa 

Director: Obvious Nomaele 

Genre: Drama

Communion

Country: Uganda 

Director: Patience Nitumwesiga 

Genre: Documentary

Crack

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Tunde Apalowo 

Genre: Thriller

Daylight

Country: South Africa 

Director: Liesl Ahlers 

Genre: Drama

Defiant Bonga

Country: South Africa 

Director: Twiggy

Genre: Coming-of-Age 

Diphiri Le Makunutu

Country: South Africa 

Director: Obett Motaung 

Genre: Drama

Elewa - The Beans Hawker

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Ashowo Gboyega 

Genre: Drama

Equanimity

Country: Uganda 

Director: Kizito Samuel Saviour 

Genre: Drama

Esteem

Country: Uganda 

Director: Kizito Samuel Saviour 

Genre: Drama

Eyelash

Country: South Africa 

Director: Mpendulo Troy Ngobese

Genre: Drama

Facebook Friend

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Ann Sarafina 

Genre: Horror

Fish

Country: Malawi 

Director: Khama Mbaula 

Genre: Drama

Imara

Country: Kenya & Rwanda

Director: Samuel Wanjohi

Genre: Documentary

I Want To See For Myself

Country: South Africa 

Director: Fanyana Hlabangane 

Genre: Other

Inquest

Country:  Nigeria 

Director: Kester Nsirim 

Genre: Thriller

Karata

Country: Kenya 

Director: Robert Munuku 

Genre: Thriller

Kafuni (the Fan)

Country: Ghana 

Director: Leonard Atawugeh Kubaloe 

Genre: Spiritual/mystical

Mara

Country: Sudan 

Director: Mohamed Khalil Hita 

Genre: Drama

Miracle

Country: South Africa 

Director: Bongi Ndaba 

Genre: Drama

Mum, I Need Oil For My Car

Country: South Africa 

Director: Naishe Nyamubaya

Genre: Fantasy 

Naisula

Country: Kenya 

Director: Karanja Ng'endo 

Genre: Coming-of-age

Phoenix Girl

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Anuoluwapo Adelakun 

Genre: Documentary

Pieli (Pilot Episode- Rise of Montana)

Country: Ghana 

Director: Leonard Atawugeh Kubaloe 

Genre: Historic/Epic

Portrait Of My Father

Country: South Africa 

Director: Tafadzwa Njovana 

Genre: Drama

Sicela Amanzi (Water Please)

Country: South Africa 

Director: Mlu Godola 

Genre: Drama

Slumber Party

Country: South Africa 

Director: Palesa Lebona 

Genre: Drama

Son Of The Soil

Country: South Africa 

Director: Siyabonga Mbele 

Genre: Fantasy

Story Of A Baked Brownie

Country: South Africa 

Director: Elelwani Netshifhire 

Genre: Drama

Ten O'clock

Country: Kenya 

Director: Samuel Tebandeke 

Genre: Drama

The Enchantress

Country: Uganda 

Director: Shams Bhanji 

Genre: Fantasy

The Letter Reader

Country: South Africa 

Director: Sibusiso Khuzwayo 

Genre: Coming-of-age

The Pool

Country: South Africa 

Director: Matome Senyolo 

Genre: Drama

The Turning Son

Country: South Africa 

Director: Thabiso Christopher 

Genre: Drama

To Be A Child Again

Country: Nigeria

Director: Adediji Aderogba

Genre:Drama

Tokunbo

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Aderogba Arimoro 

Genre: Drama

Umsolwa (The Accused)

Country: South Africa 

Director: Minenhle Luthuli 

Genre: Drama

Unsaid

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Zainab Ojoma Obaje 

Genre: Drama 

Warona

Country: South Africa 

Director: Koketso Motimele 

Genre: Drama

Who Knows

Country: Kenya 

Director: Nick Wambugu 

Genre: Other

Z: The Beginning

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Godwin Josiah 

Genre: Sci-fi

 

 

ABOUT PAFF

The Pan African Film Festival, now in its 28th year, has cemented its role as a hub for breakthrough and award-winning films and filmmakers from around the world. PAFF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent. It is PAFF’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times. www.paff.org

 

ABOUT THE AFRICA NARRATIVE

The Africa Narrative is a global initiative to engage the world in new stories of contemporary Africa. Based at the Norman Lear Center at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the initiative seeks to broaden awareness and engagement with the continent through innovative research, outcomes driven forums, and media and entertainment centered collaborations with partners from around the world. www.theafricanarrative.org

 

ABOUT YOUTUBE

Launched in May 2005, YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing billions of people to discover, watch and share video. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company. www.youtube.com

 

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