Africa First

short film program
Kisha Imani Cameron

Kisha Cameron-Dingle

  • President, Completion Films
  • Executive Director, Focus Features
  • Africa First Short Film Program

Kisha Cameron-Dingle runs the production company Completion Films, which has a first-look deal with Focus Features. Mrs. Cameron-Dingle uses her knowledge, passion and relationships in the world of African cinema to bring in and produce films with some of Africa’s most promising young filmmakers. Completion Films is currently developing the documentary SEMBENE! with filmmakers Samba Gadijgo and Jason Silverman, TOK TOKKIE, ghost thriller set in Cape Town, directed by Jenna Bass, a film adaptation of the novel WHO FEARS DEATH, directed by Wanuri Kahiu, and the Nigerian gang film AREA BOYS, directed by Omelihu Nwanguma and written by acclaimed Nigerian playwright Oladipo Agboluaje. Cameron-Dingle, with New York-based producer Krista Parris, is also developing a mini-series about Jonestown.

Kisha Cameron-Dingle is also the Executive Director of the FOCUS FEATURES AFRICA FIRST SHORT FILM PROGRAM, which was conceived to be a unique initiative, with funds earmarked specifically for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence. Previously, Cameron Dingle served as Associate Producer on SOMETIMES IN APRIL, the HBO film based on true events surrounding the 1994 genocide in Rwanda; and on Spike Lee’s controversial film, BAMBOOZLED. She has an extensive background in studio development, having been an executive at New Line Cinema and Walden Media. Kisha holds a BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


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Focus Features and Focus Features International (FFI) together comprise a singular global company, dedicated to producing, acquiring, financing, selling, and distributing original and daring films from emerging and established filmmakers, films that challenge mainstream moviegoers to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world. The company's flexible and nuanced approach to distribution allows it to support a wide range of films, from those geared to a single local market to worldwide hits. The company operates as Focus Features domestically, and as Focus Features International overseas.

Domestically, the Focus Features slate includes Cary Joji Fukunaga's epic dramatic thriller Sin Nombre, winner of 2 awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival; writer/director Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control, starring Isaach De Bankolé; Away We Go, directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes and starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph; Shane Acker's animated fantasy epic 9, starring Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly and produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov; Greenberg, the new film from writer/director Noah Baumbach, starring Ben Stiller; Academy Award winning writer/director Sofia Coppola's Somewhere; Academy Award winning writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man; and Taking Woodstock, the new film from Academy Award winning director Ang Lee.

In addition to the Focus slate, the FFI slate includes AGORA, an historical epic from Academy Award winning filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar, starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz; Alexander Voitinskiy's Black Lightning, produced by Timur Bekmambetov; Derek Yee's Shinjuku Incident, starring Jackie Chan; Academy Award winning filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces, starring Academy Award winner Penélope Cruz; and the untitled new film from writer/director Mike Leigh starring Jim Broadbent, Phil Davis, and Imelda Staunton.

Focus Features and Focus Features International are part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.