For Maria Ebun Pataki. 2020. Dir. Damilola Orimogunje.

One of Film Africa’s principal aims is to support the work of African and African diaspora filmmakers and provide a platform for films that would otherwise be unknown to UK audiences. Established in 2015, the Film Africa Audience for Best Narrative Feature carries a cash prize of £1,000 and is particularly special because it is chosen by you – our audiences! Every festival edition a selection of new fiction feature films vie for the award and the line-up always represents the exciting range of contemporary storytelling in African cinema today.

Winning this year’s Audience Award was For Maria Ebun Pataki, the debut feature tackling postpartum depression, from Nigerian screenwriter and film director Damilola Orimogunje. You can watch a Director’s Q&A with Damilola here.

Damilola said: “I would like to thank everyone at Film Africa, for a warm and lovely festival despite the current madness in the world. To everyone that voted, you’ve blessed us greatly with this gift. To everyone that’s been part of the project from inception till now, thank you for embarking on this crazy journey with me. I would like to dedicate this award to everyone that’s suffered postpartum depression, this film is a representation of you and I hope it becomes light to you and everyone who will find themselves experiencing it.”

About the director

Damilola is a Nigerian screenwriter and film director whose works have screened in over 40 film festivals. His films have majorly been surrounded around themes as Love, Betrayal, Depression, and Death. He sees himself as part of a new generation of filmmakers making visually compelling and unconventional African content for social change.

You can see all of this year’s nominees here: 2020 Audience Award Nominees

To learn more about past Audience Award winners, see here

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