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This festival is the moment for the community to turn their daily life into a narrative. Almost like making an African cinema really; An African "art of living".
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WINNER "Residue" By Merawi Gerima Best Feature Film Prize United States Feature - 90' MERAWI GERIMA Gerima is a filmmaker from Washington DC. This origin informs his work and his community-centered orientation. RESIDUE, his first feature, was a total communal endeavor, made possible primarily by the effort of the people it attempts to portray. Following its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival, RESIDUE was honored with the festival’s Audience
WINNER "Heaven reaches down to earth" By Tebogo Malebogo Best Script Prize South Africa Short - 10' Tebogo Malebogo is a South African director. His first short, Mthunzi (2019), premiered at Locarno and New York Film Festival. It was awarded the Special Jury Award at AFI Fest. His sophomore short, Heaven Reaches Down to Earth (2020), screened at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival.
WINNER "Al-Sit" By Suzannah Mirghani SUDU Prize Best Short Film Sudan Short - 20' Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker. She is a media studies and museum studies graduate and publishes creative and scholarly work on a variety of social issues. Being of multicultural Sudanese and Russian backgrounds, she is most interested in stories that examine the complexity of identity.
WINNER "Number 10" By Florence BAMBA Best DOP Prize France Short - 13'42
Ronan McKenzie/Joy Yamusangie
WINNER "WATA" By Ronan McKenzie and Joy Yamusangie Best Soundtrack Prize United Kingdom Short - 13'44 Ronan Mckenzie is a freelance photographer and stylist from Walthamstow, north east London. Joy Yamusangie is a visual artist currently working in London. Specialising in illustration, Yamusangie experiments with a range of traditional processes such as drawing, painting and collaging to produce mixed media pieces.
WINNER "Mofiala" By Kpadenou Boris Best Animation Film Prize Togo Animation - 26' KPADENOU Kossi Hunkpati alias Boris KPADENOU is a 2D animated film director of Togolese nationality. Born on May 2, 1982 in Aklakou in the Prefecture of the Lakes, Boris did all his school studies in Lomé leading to a baccalaureate diploma. After university studies in Language and Communication Sciences (2004), Sociology (2005), Corporate Communications, he launched into his passion: drawing.
WINNER "Rapsodia Negra" By Lucas Silva Best Documentary Jury Prize Colombia Documentary - 84' I am a filmmaker and screen writer. During 15 years I realized documentaries on afro-Colombian culture, ethnic minorities, and other popular cultures of my country, Colombia. The major part of my work is devoted to the heritage of the African culture and its presence in America.
WINNER "The Star" By Kevin Mavakala Best National Short Film RD Congo Short - 11'25 Born in Kinsahsa on May 4, 1997, Kevin Mavakala is a writer, director, producer, distributor and founder of Pole Corporation, a film production and distribution company. Kevin directed Les devoirs his very first film (Revelation of the Year Award and Best Male Performance at the 4th Edition of Fickin Film Festival) and in 2018.
Alejandro Angel and Alejandro Ceballos
WINNER "Chakero" By Alejandro Angel and Alejandro Ceballos Best DOP Prize Colombia Short - 15'06 Alejandro Ángel T. is an Audiovisual producer and documentary filmmaker, he is currently Executive Producer of Armadillo: New Media & Films, Director of #NarrarElFuturo: Creative Commons & New Media Bogotá Film Festival, from where he coordinates the experimental spaces #NewMediaLab and # HackathonVR360, and General Tutor of the Project 360 Filmmakers lead by CDI and Facebook Colombia.
WINNER "Overcome Beloved" By Nthabiseng Mosieane Special Mention of Honor South Africa Short - 24' Holding a B.Tech in Filmmaking from the Tshwane University Of Technology, Nthabiseng Mosieane is a South African Scriptwriter and Director. Having worked in the industry for several years, Nthabiseng’s breakthrough short film ‘Overcome Beloved’ received a nomination from the Writers Guild of South Africa 2020 Muse Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Writing.