Africa First welcomed filmmakers to NYC


BWW News Desk announced on November 8, 2010 that Focus Features' Africa First program, the company's unique ongoing initiative awarding funds towards the completion of short films, welcomed 2010's five winning filmmakers to NYC. The filmmakers are awarded the $10,000 in financing for pre-production, production, and/or post-production on their narrative short film made in continental Africa and tapping into the resources of the film industry there. In NYC, the program brings the filmmakers together with each other and with advisors for support and mentorship. Three films newly completed through the program screened to a crowd at Joe's Pub on Saturday night November 6th, followed by a panel discussion presented with the Museum of the Moving Image.

Backstage at Joe's Pub on Saturday night November 6th, after short films screenings and panel discussion, were (l-r.) Africa First program director and producer Kisha Cameron-Dingle; Museum of the Moving Image chief curator David Schwartz (in back); 2010's winning filmmakers Ebele Okoye (from Nigeria), Jacqueline Kalimunda (from Rwanda), Chika Anadu (from Nigeria), Lev David (from South Africa), and Julius Onah (from Nigeria); and Focus Features director of production Matthew Plouffe.

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