I Am Africa Short Film Competition Semi Finalists Are In! Vote Today!

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YouTube, in partnership with The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) and The Africa Narrative at USC Norman Lear Center, announced today the 48 semi-finalists for the I Am Africa Short Film Competition — a competition to find new storytelling talent based in Sub-Saharan Africa. PAFF jurors have narrowed down more than 160 submissions from around the continent. 

A special jury comprised of Stephanie Linus, Themba Sibeko, Funa Maduka, and Stacy Osei-Kuffor will pick three top winners to be flown to Los Angeles to participate in a day of workshops, production training and networking with the entertainment industry at YouTube Space LA as well as a red-carpet screening at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), which runs from February 13-23, 2020.

TO VIEW THE SHORT FILMS:

Starting today and through January 12, 2020, the entire global YouTube community will be able to view the selection of films at http://bit.ly/38AcCpW

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

Community support in the form of votes at the official voting page  will decide which filmmaker will win the Audience Award, and also attend the PAFF in Los Angeles. Voting for the Audience Award runs now through midnight on January 12, 2020.

Without further ado, the 48 semi-finalists are listed below. Congratulations to each of the filmmakers on their accomplishment. 

SEMI-FINALIST WINNERS AND FILMS 

2 Grams and A Sunrise

Country: South Africa 

Director: Malusi Bengu 

Genre: Drama

2064

Country: Botswana 

Director: Joseph Adesunloye 

Genre: Fantasy

A Cemetery Of Doves

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Adetokunboh Sangodoyin 

Genre: Drama

A Game For All

Country: Lagos, Nigeria 

Director: Amarachi Nwosu 

Genre: Coming-of-age

Axis Mundi

Country: South Africa 

Director: Matthew Jenkes & Sean Steinberg 

Genre: Horror

Below The Legal Line

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Ovinuchi Ejiohuo 

Genre: Documentary

Breaking Forth

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Peter Okojie 

Genre: Documentary

Closed

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Tolulope Ajayi 

Genre: Drama

Closet Hookup

Country: South Africa 

Director: Obvious Nomaele 

Genre: Drama

Communion

Country: Uganda 

Director: Patience Nitumwesiga 

Genre: Documentary

Crack

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Tunde Apalowo 

Genre: Thriller

Daylight

Country: South Africa 

Director: Liesl Ahlers 

Genre: Drama

Defiant Bonga

Country: South Africa 

Director: Twiggy

Genre: Coming-of-Age  

Diphiri Le Makunutu

Country: South Africa 

Director: Obett Motaung 

Genre: Drama

Elewa – The Beans Hawker

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Ashowo Gboyega 

Genre: Drama

Equanimity

Country: Uganda 

Director: Kizito Samuel Saviour 

Genre: Drama

Esteem

Country: Uganda 

Director: Kizito Samuel Saviour 

Genre: Drama

Eyelash

Country: South Africa 

Director: Faith Riyano 

Genre: Drama

Facebook Friend

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Ann Sarafina 

Genre: Horror

Fish

Country: Malawi 

Director: Khama Mbaula 

Genre: Drama

I Want To See For Myself

Country: South Africa 

Director: Fanyana Hlabangane 

Genre: Other

Inquest

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Kester Nsirim 

Genre: Thriller

Karata

Country: Kenya 

Director: Robert Munuku 

Genre: Thriller

Kafuni (the Fan)

Country: Ghana 

Director: Leonard Atawugeh Kubaloe 

Genre: Spiritual/mystical

Mara

Country: Sudan 

Director: Mohamed Khalil Hita 

Genre: Drama

Miracle

Country: South Africa 

Director: Bongi Ndaba 

Genre: Drama

Mum, I Need Oil For My Car

Country: South Africa 

Director: Naishe Nyamubaya

Genre: Fantasy 

Naisula

Country: Kenya 

Director: Karanja Ng’endo 

Genre: Coming-of-age

Phoenix Girl

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Anuoluwapo Adelakun 

Genre: Documentary

Pieli (Pilot Episode- Rise of Montana)

Country: Ghana 

Director: Leonard Atawugeh Kubaloe 

Genre: Historic/Epic

Portrait Of My Father

Country: South Africa 

Director: Tafadzwa Njovana 

Genre: Drama

Sicela Amanzi (Water Please)

Country: South Africa 

Director: Mlu Godola 

Genre: Drama

Slumber Party

Country: South Africa 

Director: Palesa Lebona 

Genre: Drama

Son Of The Soil

Country: South Africa 

Director: Siyabonga Mbele 

Genre: Fantasy

Story Of A Baked Brownie

Country: South Africa 

Director: Elelwani Netshifhire 

Genre: Drama

Ten O’clock

Country: Kenya  

Director: Samuel Tebandeke 

Genre: Drama

The Enchantress

Country: Uganda 

Director: Shams Bhanji 

Genre: Fantasy

The Letter Reader

Country: South Africa 

Director: Sibusiso Khuzwayo 

Genre: Coming-of-age

The Pool

Country: South Africa 

Director: Matome Senyolo 

Genre: Drama

The Turning Son

Country: South Africa 

Director: Thabiso Christopher 

Genre: Drama

To Be A Child Again

Country: Nigeria

Director: Adediji Aderogba

Genre:Drama

Tokunbo

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Aderogba Arimoro 

Genre: Drama

Umsolwa (The Accused)

Country: South Africa 

Director: Minenhle Luthuli 

Genre: Drama

Unsaid

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Zainab Ojoma Obaje 

Genre: Drama 

Warona

Country: South Africa 

Director: Koketso Motimele 

Genre: Drama

Who Knows

Country: Kenya 

Director: Nick Wambugu 

Genre: Other

Z: The Beginning

Country: Nigeria 

Director: Godwin Josiah 

Genre: Sci-fi

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