SA short doccie wins at the California International Shorts Festival


Local documentary filmmaker Tarryn Crossman (Fatherland) won the award for Best Documentary Short at the California International Shorts Festival (CISF), which is set to take place from 13 to 14 September, for her short documentary, Hyena Boys.

Shot in Nigeria, Hyena Boys examines a group of men, women and children who practice the ancient art of taming beasts – which include snakes, baboons and hyenas. The 10 minute film follows the subjects as they travel across Nigeria entertaining crowds with their entourage of performing animals. They also sell mixtures of herbs and plants that they believe protect them from being harmed by the animals.

The CISF is a platform for independent filmmakers from around the world to showcase their work. Awards are offered in nine categories, including: Narrative Shorts, Animated Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Experimental Shorts, Student Shorts, Foreign Short, Music Videos, Commercials and Short Scripts.

Source: Screen Africa  8 September 2014