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Focus Features' 5th Annual Africa First Winners

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by Beth Hanna
October 3, 2012 2:23 PM
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Program director Kisha Cameron-Dingle, center, with filmmakers from the first year's program

Five filmmakers have been selected for Focus Features' fifth annual Africa First Program, an initiative developed exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence. Each filmmaker will be awarded $10,000 for their prospective short film projects. Full list of award recipients and films below.

The winning filmmakers for 2012 are:

  • Vincent Moloi (South Africa); project: Berea, about an aging Jewish man in modern Johannesburg
  • Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho); project: Mosongoa [The Mocked One], following a teenage girl entering a stick-fighting competition to save her family farm
  • Ekwa Msangi-Omari (Tanzania); project: Soko [The Market], in which a father/daughter outing to a Kenyan market takes unexpected turns
  • Samantha Nell (South Africa); project: One Way Ticket, revolving around a neurotic undertaker and a misplaced corpse
  • William Nicholson (South Africa); project: The Second Law, which charts the mutually strengthening bond of a schoolgirl and her grandmother

The awarded $10K in financing is slated for pre-production, production, and/or post-production on a narrative short film made in continental Africa, and that taps into the resources of the film industry there. The program also brings the filmmakers together with each other and with an experienced group of advisors from the African film world, for support and mentorship.

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