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Focus Features' Africa First Program Announces Winners of $10,000 Grants

by Sophia Savage
October 6, 2011 7:12 AM
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Focus Features' Africa First short film program announces fourth set of winners. Each filmmaker--of African nationality and residence--will receive $10,000 and will be networked with and mentored by leaders of the African film community.

Here are more details on the program. Program director Kisha Cameron-Dingle says: "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.”

Winners and brief descriptions are below.

The winners are: Ms. Oshosheni Hiveluah (from Namibia; 100 Bucks); Mr. Cedric Ido (Burkina Faso; Twaaga [Invincible]); Mr. Mark Middlewick (South Africa; Late Night Security); Ms. Akosua Adoma Owusu (Ghana; Kwaku Anase); and Mr. Zelalem Woldemariam (Ethiopia; Adamet [Listen]).

100 Bucks: an immersion into the Namibian capital of Windhoek through the progress of a piece of currency.
Twaaga [Invincible]: blending live action and animation in the tale of a young boy’s quest to be a superhero.
Late Night Security: in which the night guard at a shopping center finds solace and friendship from an unlikely source.
Kwaku Anase: adapting into live action and animation a traditional West African story about a student’s family secret.
Adamet [Listen]: powered by the music of Ethiopian culture in its story of a talented drummer who encounters a deaf woman.

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