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Africa First picks Five Filmmakers for Next Year

Posted October 06, 2011

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Focus Features CEO James Schamus announced the five winners for the next year of Focus Features' Africa First program. Africa First, now in its fourth year, supports new, talented African Filmmakers by providing them funds ($10, 000 per candidate for making a short narrative film) and a year of support and guidance through the Africa First mentorship program. Noting the ongoing power of the program, Mr. Schamus said, "I'm continually impressed by the range of great young artists we meet through Africa First - each filmmaker has a distinctive vision and voice, and I look forward to learning from them at our summit."

Looking over the new class of filmmakers, Producer Kisha Cameron-Dingle, who serves as program director of Africa First, added, "We are particularly proud of the diversity and ambition in this year's solid group, with new storytellers coming from several countries contributing to the program for the first time." From Namibia, Ms. Oshosheni Hiveluah will be working on 100 BUICKS, an immersion into the Namibian capital of Windhoek through the progress of a piece of currency. From Burkina Faso comes Mr. Cedric Ido with his film TWAAGA [INVINCIBLE], a blending of live action and animation in the tale of a young boy's quest to be a superhero. From South Africa, Mr. Mark Middlewick will be working on LATE NIGHT SECURITY, a story in which the night guard at a shopping center finds solace and friendship from an unlikely source. From Ghana comes Ms. Akosua Adoma Owusu, whose film KWAKU ANASE adapts into live action and animation a traditional West African story about a student's family secret. And finally from Ethiopia is Mr. Zelalem Woldemariam, whose short film ADAMET [LISTEN] is powered by the music of Ethiopian culture in its story of a talented drummer who encounters a deaf woman.

For complete info on these filmmakers and the Africa First go to the AFRICA FIRST Press Notice.