Sunday, 9 March 2014
Lagos Tomato Seller Documentary, “Hustle On a Mile” And Dara Ju, Win Afrinolly Short Film Competition
The top three winners in the Afrinolly Short Film Competition have finally been selected, with ‘Dara Ju’ by Anthony Onah claiming first place for Short Film; and ‘Hustle On A Mile’ by Bemigho Awala winning the Documentary category.
The event, launched in November 2012, saw the receipt of over 500 entries received from African filmmakers from 14 countries by the deadline of January 31, 2013.
Following an initial screening that identified 214 eligible entries, an international panel of judges in the creative industries pruned the entries down to the best 10 films in each of the Short Film and Documentary categories.
The jury, chaired by documentary filmmaker Femi Odugbemi, comprised acclaimed filmmakers Tunde Kelani, Emem Isong, Juliet Yaa Asante and Obi Emelonye; content producer Bongiwe Selane, New York African Film Festival's Mahen Bonetti, The Black List's Franklin Leonard, writer Tolu Ogunlesi, as well as Carol Kathurima and Nmachi Jidemma.
They shortlisted 20 entries based on concept and execution i.e the story's originality and imaginative force, clarity of purpose and its ability to captivate, as well as how effectively the filmmaker reflected technical knowledge of such factors as acting, editing, sound, lighting and camera work.
The voting public then had three weeks, starting on February 15, to choose their top three favourites for the $100,000 cash prize. The voting ended on March 8.
Below is the full list of the winners, which is also available at: http://afrinollyshortfilmcompetition.com/winners/
First Prize ($25,000) Dara Ju - By Anthony Onah
Second Prize ($10,000) The Promise - By Akin Okunrinboye
Third Prize ($5,000) To serve with all our Strength - By Ishaya Bako (HomeVida)
First Prize ($25,000) Hustle On A Mile - By Bemigho Awala
Second Prize ($10,000) A short "DOCUMENTARY" - By Soji Oyinsan II
Third Prize ($5,000) Black and Gold - By Joseph Akwasi
In addition to these, other winners in the 4th to 10th positions in both categories will receive $500 each. The official awards presentation will take place at 6pm on Friday, March 15 at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.
The Afrinolly Short Film Competition is an initiative of FCO Limited, developers of the MTN Afrinolly Mobile phone app. Its aim is to digitally showcase African cinema talent and provide a platform to foster the production of African content and make it available online. The Competition was supported by MTN, Goethe Institut, Blackberry, IREP and Google as the social media partner.
SAHARATV interviews Bemigho Awala