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INVITÉ QAFF 2021
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INVITÉ QAFF 2021
Director United States Gerima is a filmmaker from Washington DC. This origin informs his work and his community-centered orientation. RESIDUE, his first feature, was a total communal endeavor, made possible primarily by the effort of the people it attempts to portray. Following its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival, RESIDUE was honored with the festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Acting Award for star Obinna Nwachukwu.
Selly Raby Kane
Director Senegal Selly Raby Kane is a Senegalese fashion designer who launched her eponymous brand in 2012. Holder of a degree in management/business administration and a master's degree in product management for the textile and clothing industries (MOD'SPE Paris), this young entrepreneur with unbridled creativity is gradually building around her brand a surrealist universe that upsets the codes and trends of Senegalese fashion.
Director Germany Harbi: Warrior in Arabic, Born and raised in a country that gave its ancestral name "Ifriquiya", to the rest of the African continent, Tunisia: my first world. This utopian space between two fluid entities: the Sahara and the Mediterranean sea, at the edge of two distant worlds, each one mirroring a distorted representation of the other. Traveling became slowly a necessity, physically first, then mentally and spiritually through books and art...
Director UK London born actor, writer and director, Ethosheia Hylton is known for her work on In the Silence (2019), Brixton Rock (2018), Lia (2015), Cutting Edge (2014) and Small World (2013). In 2018 Ethosheia was presented the inaugural European Academy Gold Fellowship For Women. The award, sponsored by Swarovski, offered a year-long mentorship scheme from the Academy. Driven by stories from untold voices and about community and culture. She is currently directing Ackley Bridge.
Director Portugal Welket Bungué is originally from the Balanta tribe, was born in Xitole (Guinea-Bissau) on February 7th, 1988. He is a Portuguese-Guinean actor and film director based in Berlin. He holds a degree in theater from the Actors branch (ESTC / Lisbon), and a postgraduate degree in Performance (UniRio / Brazil). He is a Permanent Member of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema since 2015, and a member of the Deutsche Filmakademie since 2020.
Director Namibia Desiree Kahikopo-Meiffret (Director/Producer): Is an emerging young female filmmaker. Her participation in the Namibian arts scene spans over 12 years, more specifically in the theatre and entertainment industries. Desiree respectively wrote/directed and produced a theatre play called “A lifetime of Blues” that won best set design at the Namibian Film and Theatre awards 2014. She worked as a line producer for a Vickson Hangula film “Fish Out Of Water”.
Director RD Congo Tshoper Kabambi From the DRC, Tshoper Kabambi is part of the new generation of filmmakers in his country. He runs Bimpa production in Kinshasa which has now become a reputable enterprise in the DRC. Tshoper Kabambi is a director and producer but also the head of one of the most important International Film Festivals in Africa--, "FICKIN" (Film International Cinema KIN [shasa]). He has made several award-winning short films, narrative fiction, and documentaries.
Director South Africa Tebogo Malebogo is a South African director. His first short, Mthunzi (2019), premiered at Locarno and New York Film Festival. It was awarded the Special Jury Award at AFI Fest. His sophomore short, Heaven Reaches Down to Earth (2020), screened at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival.
Rokhaya Marieme Balde
Director Switzerland Born in Dakar (Senegal). She began her studies at Sup Imax Dakar (Higher Institute of Digital Arts and Crafts). After experiences in China and Montreal, she finished her Bachelor degree in directing at the HEAD of Geneva (Haute école d'art et de design).
Director France JeanClaude Muaka was born in 1986, into a Congolese family. At the beginning, Jean-Claude is not very interested in theater and will make his first scene in 2007. Then, after having played Othello in Avignon for a year, he will make his first steps on television on IDF1 and TéléSud and will integrate in 2009 a stage of humorists! He produces himself in small humorous videos which made him a real star of the net with the chronicles of Coach Muaka.
Director Sudan Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker. She is a media studies and museum studies graduate and publishes creative and scholarly work on a variety of social issues. Being of multicultural Sudanese and Russian backgrounds, she is most interested in stories that examine the complexity of identity.
Director Marocco Zakaria Nouri was born on March 25, 1993 in Casablanca. After obtaining his bachelor's degree in physics and chemistry in 2011, he continued his studies at the Higher Institute of Journalism and Information in Casablanca, where he obtained his degree in audiovisual engineering.
Director Nigeria I am a Nigerian filmmaker with a passion for telling inspiring stories. I studied Microbiology at the University of Nigeria. I am a self-taught animator and filmmaker. I created my first short film in 2015 and in 2017 started up a creative studio where we use film, animation and design to help tell stories that excite and inspire.
Director Kenya I am a fashion icon and an award-winning filmmaker born and raised in Kibera slum Nairobi, Kenya who got a great passion for art. I have shot and directed short films like "The story of Daraja and James" premiering today at CAS, "Risto Za Namba Nane" six short documentary stories from Kibera Slum Nairobi, Kenya, and was supported by the German Embassy Nairobi, Fallacious, Music Has Fallen, Raindrops, and music videos like "Nikupate" by a famous Kenyan rapper Octopizzo.
Director Canada Olivier A Dubois is a director who has been working in the field of the image since the beginning of the 2000s. In parallel with his personal video creation, he devoted himself for several years to teaching and broadcasting short films. He has received support from several Mexican institutions such as the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the National Arts Center (CENART) for his artistic production and presentation of lectures on his work.
Director Colombia Maritza Blanco studied film and video in London, where she began her career as a director and producer. Her first documentaries included "Butterfly by Richard Wilson" (30 min.), which followed the construction of said work by the renowned British sculptor; "Interact1" (80 min.), celebrating 40 glorious years of British graphic design; and "From Here to Here" (80 min.), commissioned by the London Underground arts platform.
Director Austria Sandra Krampelhuber, born in Linz, Austria, is a cultural anthropologist with a degree from the University of Vienna, a cultural manager, festival curator and filmmaker. Her documentaries have been widely selected by international film festivals.
Ronan McKenzie/Joy Yamusangie
Photographer/Visual Artist UK Ronan Mckenzie is a freelance photographer and stylist from Walthamstow, north east London. She is represented by Cadence Image. Mckenzie got her start in fashion after working in retail and completing a foundation course in fashion. Joy Yamusangie is a visual artist currently working in London. Specialising in illustration, Yamusangie experiments with a range of traditional processes such as drawing, painting and collaging to produce mixed media pieces.
Director South Africa Holding a B.Tech in Filmmaking from the Tshwane University Of Technology, Nthabiseng Mosieane is a South African Scriptwriter and Director. Having worked in the industry for several years, Nthabiseng’s breakthrough short film ‘Overcome Beloved’ received a nomination from the Writers Guild of South Africa 2020 Muse Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Writing.
Director Congo Author of several documentary and fiction films, Eddy MIKOLO spends all his time between television and cinema. He has worked for the pan-African television channel Africanews and the UK-based production company Equal Production. His main fiction feature film remains Dora directed in 2011 and a few short films le Malin, le Pasteur, Le Test d'Amour and les Délires de la Belle sœur directed between 2020 and 2021.
Director RD Congo Déborah BASA is a director and screenwriter. She is known for "AWA (Ici)" (2019, fiction, 26′). This film won the Prix de la Critique and the Sudu Connexion Award (15th Rencontres du Film Court - RFC 2020 - in Antananarivo, Madagascar). The short film AWA won 4 awards in 2019, at the 6th International Film Festival of Kinshasa - FICKIN: Best Actress Award in the International Competition (to Starlette Matata), Best Actress Award in the National Competition...
Director Togo KPADENOU Kossi Hunkpati alias Boris KPADENOU is a 2D animated film director of Togolese nationality. Born on May 2, 1982 in Aklakou in the Prefecture of the Lakes, Boris did all his school studies in Lomé leading to a baccalaureate diploma. After university studies in Language and Communication Sciences (2004), Sociology (2005), Corporate Communications, he launched into his passion: drawing. He trained in 2008 as an animated film technician at the IMAGINE Institute in B.Faso.
Director Uganda Naseeba is an emerging filmmaker from Uganda. Scalp Deep is her first animated short film, and was made with the support of a grant from the Goethe-Zentrum in Uganda. Naseeba is passionate about representation in media and telling impactful yet entertaining stories that don’t shy away from the unique experiences and struggles of women. She is currently in the process of creating a platform for female and nonbinary African filmmakers in Uganda called, Kelele.
Director Colombia I am a filmmaker and screen writer. During 15 years I realized documentaries on afro-Colombian culture, ethnic minorities, and other popular cultures of my country, Colombia. The major part of my work is devoted to the heritage of the African culture and its presence in America.
Director Burkina Faso A Ghanaian living in Burkina Faso. His first major film project, a 52 short film series, "Petites Histoires Grandes Vérités (PHGV)", won The Best African TV Series at the just ended Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou Fespaco 2019. His short film, "Le banc sur le rivage du lac" (an official short film selection at Fespaco 2019), also won the Golden Short Film at the 2019 edition of the Golden Movie Awards in Ghana.
Director Benin Hermann is a 2d Artist, Illustrator and 2d Award-Winning Animator born back in 1984 in Ivory Coast, West Africa During childhood he discovered big animes movies that changed his mind and later his life Big animes movies like Akira, Porco Rosso, Mononoke Hime, Spirited away, Ninja scroll or End of Evangelion He decided to travel in France in order to study animation and the art in general to improve his skills After that created several animated indies movies like Malaika
Director RD Congo Born in Kinsahsa on May 4, 1997, Kevin Mavakala is a writer, director, producer, distributor and founder of Pole Corporation, a film production and distribution company. Kevin directed Les devoirs his very first film (Revelation of the Year Award and Best Male Performance at the 4th Edition of Fickin Film Festival) and in 2018, Lipanda his very first play won the 3rd prize at the 2nd Edition of the Young Democrat competition organized by the Carter Center.
Director Nigeria Julius is a graduate of the National Film Institute in Jos, Nigeria. He was also trained as a Director at Imagine Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso under the tutelage of prominent African Filmmaker, Gastone Kabore. He has attended several training workshops in the field of script writing and directing, both at home, in Nigeria and abroad. He is a Writer/Director that stays between Jos and Lagos in Nigeria. He launched his career in Jos as a freelance Writer/Director.
Molly Manning Walker
Director UK Born on September 14th, 1993 in London (United Kingdom) Molly Manning Walker is a cinematographer and director based in London and graduate of the NFTS. Her grad film November 1st took Bronze at the Student Academy Awards, and Molly was nominated at Cameraimage in 2019. Her directorial debut, Good Thanks, You? is part of the 2020 Semaine de la Critique support programme and will screenned online as part of Palm Springs Shortsfest.
Thomas Grand, Moussa Diop
Directors Senegal Moussa Diop, born December 27, 1979, in Tivaouane, Senegal. Sound engineer and Co-Director of the movie "Golden Fish, African Fish". Thomas Grand, born April 14, 1976 in Paris, France. Producer, Director, Camera Operator, Editor, Co-Director of the movie "Golden Fish, African Fish" Graduate of Esra (School of Audiovisual Realization), Paris, France. Founder and Manager of the ZideoProd audiovisual production structure.
Carrie Bernans, 35 Miles
Director USA Actress and Filmmaker, CARRIE BERNANS - Maximizing the ABCs of Life at Full Flame, Carrie Bernans is “D” EFG – Defining Emmy-Excellence as a Futuristic-Global force, a captivating role model, and philanthropist! Carrie recently wrapped Marvel's phenomenal Black Panther and Avengers End Game as a Dora Milijae warrior fighting for #Wakanda along the side of Black Panther and she also has appeared in Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War, X-Men, The Dark Phoenix, SWAT on FOX, CBS Seal
Director Cuba What does “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite, following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from the new sounds. He finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called Bakosó, which beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not...
Director Colombia Alejandro Ángel T. is an Audiovisual producer and documentary filmmaker, he is currently Executive Producer of Armadillo: New Media & Films, Director of #NarrarElFuturo: Creative Commons & New Media Bogotá Film Festival, from where he coordinates the experimental spaces #NewMediaLab and # HackathonVR360, and General Tutor of the Project 360 Filmmakers lead by CDI and Facebook Colombia.
Director Colombia Director, graduated in Film and Television Production and Direction from Universidad Manuela Beltran (Colombia 2014). Master in Audiovisual Production from Universidad de las Artes ISA (Cuba 2016). I work as a screenwriter and director. I am interested in both fiction and documentary. This has allowed me to find points of confluence, where the barriers between both genres are blurred. I am a young man committed to social processes that aim to defend the excluded of my country.
Esther Kemi Gbadamosi
Director Nigeria Esther Kemi Gbadamosi is the CEO/ Media Consultant of Radioxity Media. A writer, cinematographer, editor and animator for over 15 years. She is fully involved in independent filmmaking as producer and director. Her films have received 4 international filmmaking awards including the Independent Short Awards Los Angeles for best female director, the best documentary at the Lake International Pan African Film Festival Kenya, Semi-Finalist at the African Animation Awards Kenya...
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Director Germany Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye studied film directing at international filmschool in Cologne, Germany. Since then she works as director, writer, editor and image mixer. In these functions she has mixed a MTV-unplugged concert, produces reports, advertising, shortfilms and documentaries. Also she works as programmer and curator for Afrika Film Festival Cologne, which was awarded as best cultural event in 2019.
Director Congo Passionate about directing and gaming, Dan Scott decided in 2008 to make it his profession. Self-taught, he trained through tutorials found on the internet. Based in Pointe-Noire, he created in 2009 his production company, SM STUDIO (Scott Multimedia Studio) was born. He directed his first video clip with the New Boys in Pointe-Noire thanks to the mastery of special effects, Dan Scott became in a short time the director of reference in Pointe-Noire.
Director Egypt Akram El Bezawy: Author and Director of 'Journey in search of Abu El Araby', a short documentary that was chosen to participate in 34 film festival. Prior to this, Akram participated as an Assistant Director in 'Exodis: Gods and Kings' by Ridley Scott, 'Saraya Abdeed-season 1' by Amr Arafa, and a number of mainstream commercial adverts...
Director South Africa Enver is an award-winning filmmaker involved in television production since 1994. he has a passion for telling the stories of unsung heroes and heroines of the South African struggle against apartheid.
Ethel Oliveira/Julia Mariano
Directors Brazil Éthel Oliveira is a documentary filmmaker and editor. She studied Social Sciences at Fluminense Federal University (Rio de Janeiro/BR) where developed research with the Laboratory of Ethnographic Film with Guaraní indigenous people from Rio and Mato Grosso do Sul. Júlia Mariano is a director, producer and screenwriter, focused on documentaries. Graduated in direction at the School of Cinema and Television of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV), in Cuba (2005)...
Luciano Rodriguez Mazabel
Director Colombia Journalist and Social Communicator graduated from the Universidad del Valle. He grew up in the town of Puerto Tejada, Cauca, where he developed his interest in the history and legacy of the Afro-descendant communities of the region. Throughout his life he has worked in the production of audiovisual projects. Labradores de Esperanza' is his first work as a director.