Out Of Africa: Two African Films Win Prizes At The 2024 Sony Future Filmmaker Awards

Two African films have clinched prizes at this year’s Sony Future Filmmaker Awards.

This year’s winners, six in total, were revealed at a ceremony held on 30 May in Los Angeles hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s correspondent Denny Directo.

Nigeria’s Olawunmi Hassan and Adaobi Samson emerged winners in the Non-Fiction category for Ìrún Dídì, a film that traces the evolution of the timeless art of hair plaiting as it becomes a sacred ritual of self-care and empowerment.

South Africa’s Raheem Razak triumphed in the Student category for the film Anguish, a film about a zombie-infested world in which a young man must cater to his zombie mother while surviving the apocalypse himself. 

The Sony Future Filmmaker Awards jury as a whole spoke on this year’s winning and shortlisted filmmakers: 

“This year’s winners traverse borders and cultures, a global gathering of creative talent set to make their mark in our industry. The winners each approach their stories with originality; from a portent of an eroding society, to a surreal take on family pressures, to an animated love story suspended in time: we were struck by the ingenuity of these filmmakers and their fresh perspective on the world. It is with great pleasure we celebrate the winners, as well as the wider cohort of 30 filmmakers who comprised this year’s shortlist, and we look forward to watching as they take their next steps in cinema.”

Established by Creo and sponsored by Sony, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards is an annual awards programme for short films which provides a gateway for the development of exceptional cinematic talent and champions filmmakers with an original perspective on storytelling.

This year’s shortlist was drawn out from over 8,400 films by more than 5,000 filmmakers across 148 countries and territories submitted across six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Environment, Animation, Student, and Future Format. The jury was chaired by award-winning director Justin Chadwick, and included Michael Barker and Tom Bernard (co-founders and co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics), BAFTA award-winning cinematographer Rob Hardy, and acclaimed British cinematographer Kate Reid.

Sony Future Filmmaker Awards winners

As part of their prize, this year’s winners and the wider shortlist took part in a week-long industry immersion programme which comprised workshops led by Sony Pictures executives, screenings and Q&A sessions, as well as insights into working with talent agencies and using cutting-edge technologies and animation, film scoring and music rights. In addition, the six winners received a range of cash prizes and Sony camera equipment.

Click here to view the full list of winners.


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