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

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 6, 2011 at 7:12AM

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.
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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.

This article is related to: Genres, Studios, News, Shorts, Foreign, Universal/Focus Features


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.