We followed the first season of this successful Diaspora contest when it was launched last fall, which included some really good short films by filmmakers of African descent submitted and winning in the end.
Following the outstanding success of its first edition, Afrinolly is proud to announce the commencement of its second Afrinolly Short Film Competition. Launched in November 2012, the competition recorded over 500 entries worldwide with eventual winners in the short film and documentary categories receiving prizes totaling $100,000.
Submission of entries for the second Afrinolly Short Film Competition opens online on Sunday, September 1st 2013 and closes on Saturday, November 30th 2013 on http://afrinollyshortfilmcompetition.com/. Potential submissions should not exceed 15 minutes and all films not in English are encouraged to have English subtitles.
As occurred with the first edition, third place winners in both Short film and Documentary film categories will be rewarded with $5,000 each, second place takes $10,000 while the first prize winners will each receive $25,000.
Afrinolly is proud to announce new additions to the Jury. Joining this year’s panel of judges are South African film and TV producer Steven Markowitz, Ghanaian journalist Komla Dumor of the BBC and Cameroon’s Tambay Obenson, editor of film blog Shadow and Act.
Markowitz recently produced the short film anthology Africa Metropolis, which featured short films from African cities like Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa and Johannesburg. Steven Markowitz, whose projects regularly feature at international films festivals like Cannes, Berlin and Rotterdam, has also worked on outstanding African films like Wanuri Kahui’s award-winning sci-fi short Pumzi and Congolese director Djo Munga’s Viva Riva!.
Komla Dumor is a correspondent and newscaster with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). KD as he is fondly called also anchors the BBC’s Focus on Africa, a weekly TV magazine show documenting stories from all across Africa. Many viewers of the BBC World Service would be familiar with his smiley face and distinct voice.
Obenson, a filmmaker and writer, runs Shadow and Act, his personal blog on the IndieWire website. One of the most popular references to African and African cinema worldwide, Shadow and Act has featured Nigerian filmmakers Kunle Afolayan, Obi Emelonye and Tunde Kelani among others.
Dumor, Markowitz and Obenson join last year’s jury members such as veteran documentary maker Femi Odugbemi, renowned filmmakers Tunde Kelani and Obi Emelonye, Hollywood writer/producer and curator of The Black List Franklin Leonard, TV Content producer Bongiwe Selane, filmmaker Akin Omotosho, Mahen Bonetti of the New York African Film Festival and Nmachi Jidenma blogger and founder of Celebrating Progress Africa (CP-Africa).
The Afrinolly Short Film Competition is organized by Afrinolly, developers of the Afrinolly mobile app. Since its creation in 2011, the app has been downloaded by over 3 million users worldwide. Afrinolly remains at the forefront of maximizing technology and mobile options for viewing and distributing Africa-generated entertainment.
The second edition of the Afrinolly Short Film Competition is partnered by MTN, IREP International Documentary Film Festival, Goethe-Institut Lagos and Blackberry as social media partner.