MEET OUR 2022 JURY
31st October 2022
Our annual Short Film Competition returns in 2022, for online and in-person viewings, showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers from across the continent and its rich diaspora. The Short Film Competition has been running successfully since 2008 and this year, the festival received over 600 entries of an outstanding quality and variety.
And now, we're delighted to announce our fantastic 2022 Short Film Competition Jury members!
Fradique is an Angola filmmaker, born in Luanda in 1986. He is notable as the director of the critically acclaimed films Alambamento, "Independência" and “Air Conditioner”. His first feature film “Air Conditioner” had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in the Bright Future category, participated in more than forty film festivals and received ten international awards. In 2021, “Air Conditioner” had a worldwide distribution by MUBI, quickly becoming a critics gem. “Independência”, his first full-length documentary which focuses on Angola's liberation struggle won Angola's Culture National Prize for Cinema in 2015 and is considered an important step in the recovery of Angola’s collective memory.
As a filmmaker and one of founders of the Angola collective Geração 80 is an advocate of global south cinema. Over the years Fradique has been invited as an artist to be part of different panel discussions at international film festivals and universities to talk about African cinema, colonial archives, film collectives and urban filmmaking. In addition to cinema, he has directed art house music videos for artists such as Aline Frazão, MCK, Nástio Mosquito and Sara Serpa. He is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus (2011) and the Realness Institute(2017). Currently he’s in Berlin writing and developing his new feature film.
Portrait by Fadi Elias
Ekwa’s award-winning and critically acclaimed feature film "Farewell Amor" premiered in competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, garnering 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film won the Sundance Amazon Producer’s Award, and NYWIFT Directing Award amongst other distinctions, and was bought for distribution by IFC Films for North America, MUBI and Netflix for Worldwide. Previous to that, Ekwa has written & directed several shorts, including award-winning comedy Soko Sonko (The Market King), and Farewell Meu Amor starring Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngauja, and Nana Mensah. For "Farewell Amor" Ekwa was awarded the NYWIFT Director’s Award, the 2020 Durban International Film Festival award from Best Screenplay, and the 2021 Indie Spirit “Someone To Watch” Award. Recent awards include 2020 Sundance Momentum Fellow, 2020 BAFTA Breakthrough, 2022 USA Artist Fellow, and 2022-2024 ReFrame Rise Director. One of Ekwa’s key goals as an artist is to transform our society’s images and relationships with African cultures, and to empower African filmmakers in telling their stories. @ekwapics
Libyan-South African director Khalid Shamis has a long career as a promo director in the satellite television realm, with made-for-TV content from the West to the Arab world.
Having worked in the film industries of the UK, Middle East and Southern Africa, Shamis now runs Tubafilms, his own production company, from Cape Town.
Portrait by Jessica Beshir