Film Africa 2020 BAOBAB AWARD SHORTS
November 7 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Film Africa 2020 Baobab Award for Short Best Short FilmBOOK NOW
The Baobab Award for Best Short Film exists to recognise and support African filmmaking and to enhance the visibility of emerging new voices. The Award consists of a £1,000 cash prize awarded by a jury of filmmakers and industry professionals.
The Baobab Award is long listed in partnership with the National Film & Television School’s MA in Film Studies, Programming & Curation, with the objective of encouraging an appreciation and knowledge of African cinema in the next generation of film programmers.
Total Running Time: 172 mins
Dir. Carl Earl-Ocran.
Ghana, UK. 2020. 4 mins. Akan, Twi, English with English subtitles
Described by the director as the ‘ethereal’ break up story, this short recasts folklore as a contemporary story, in which we see Anansi, the trickster spider god try to win back Ama, an Ashanti goddess, and his estranged ex.
ARTIST, ACT OF LOVE (UK Premiere)
Dir. Kuukua Eshun. Ghana. 2019. 6 mins. English with English subtitles.
This short is a visual poem, deftly written by the director, Kuukua Eshun. It celebrates what love looks like in its many forms. It asks the question, what does it mean to pledge allegiance to a nation, a person, a point in time, or the self?
Set in Accra, Ghana, Da Yie is a semi-autobiographical story that explores the loss of innocence. Led by two breakthrough child actors, the story follows days in the lives of Matilda and Prince, two impressionable children as they encounter Bogah, an adult with nefarious intentions.
DOLÁPÒ IS FINE
Dir. Ethosheia Hylton
UK. 2020. 15 mins. English with English subtitles.
This is a beautiful coming-of-age story woven around the politics of hair and identity. At its centre is Dolapo, a young British, black woman who must make choices about her hair and name, in order to fit into a mainstream workforce. But how much of herself must she leave behind…
Dir. Morad Mostafa
Egypt. 2020. 22 mins. Arabic with English subtitles.
Henet Ward’s lead character, Halima, is a Sudanese henna artist who is called upon to paint the bride-to-be of a well-off Egyptian family. She goes in the company of her seven-year-old daughter, Ward. They are both refugees in Egypt. The day does not go to plan, for either of them. Henet Ward is a look into the experiences of Sudanese refugees inspired by the video of a bullied Sudanese student that went viral across Egypt last year.
ìFÉ (EUROPEAN PREMIERE)
Dir. Uyai Ikpe-Etim
Nigeria. 2020. 36 mins. English.
ìfé and Adaora fall in love over a three-day date, but their love comes under pressure when it tested by the realities of being in a same-sex relationship in a homophobic country like Nigeria.
YENE FIKIR ETHIOPIA (MY LOVE, ETHIOPIA) (EUROPEAN PREMIERE)
Dir. Gabrielle Tesfaye
Ethiopia. 2019. 14 mins. Amharic with English subtitles.
Based on a true story, My Love, Ethiopia is a live-action animated picture that follows the turbulent and mystical journey of a young girl searching for freedom after being separated from her family. Set during Ethiopia’s political conflict in the 1970s, the story is unveiled through turbulent migration, visiting spirits from an ancient world, and ancestral magic.
TAB (UK PREMIERE)
Dir. Hlumela Matika
South Africa. 2019. 13 mins. Xhosa, English with English subtitles.
Khanya and Sandiswa are left outside the local horse gambling arena by their father, under the strict instructions to not leave the car. Khanya receives her period and makes the decision to enter the arena, when she is caught by her father, the true confines of their delicate relationship come to light.
FAKH (THE TRAP) (UK PREMIERE)
Dir. Nada Riyadh
Egypt, Germany. 2019. 21 mins. Arabic with English subtitles.
In the peculiar set up of a deserted and run-down Egyptian seaside resort in wintertime, a young unmarried couple arrives to make love. The power dynamic between them is tested, when the girl reveals she wants their relationship to end.
*Triger warning: please note this film features some images of violence against women.
WHAT DID YOU DREAM? (UK PREMIERE)
Dir. Karabo Lediga
South Africa. 2019. 19 mins. Tswana with English subtitles.
It’s the summer school holidays in 1990 South Africa and 11-year-old Boipelo is back at her grandmother Koko’s four-roomed house in Atteridgeville. It’s a point of uncertainty for the country and for Boipelo who will be attending a multiracial school soon. As the holidays come to an end, she becomes consumed by the fact that, unlike her two cousins, she can no longer remember her dreams when her granny asks in order to play a local Chinese lottery called Mochaena. She has to devise a plan to dream again, before it is too late.
The Winners Announcement
The winner of this year’s Baobab Award will join Gakuru Gachoki, Director of Kenya’s Slum Film Festival and one of this year’s judges, for a live Q&A following a watch party of the winning film.