Congratulations! Film Africa 2016 have selected three artworks (displayed above) to be entered into our social media competition. The shortlisted artists and their artwork were picked by our jury of industry experts; multi-award winning artistic director of The October Gallery Elisabeth Lalouschek  and winner of last years artwork competition, painter Daniela Yohannes. The artists are:


Lea Daniel
Lea Daniel (Anastasiia Antonova)

LeaLea Daniel (Anastasiia Antonova)
Lea/ Anastasiia was born in 1989, Saint-Petersburg based self-taught emerging artist. She has no formal training in Arts. She has been drawing for over a decade; She took part in HitRECord projects and eventually decided that she wanted to be an illustrator. She’s been taking part in art contests for the last two years, becoming part of online and offline exhibitions.

Social media:



Kwesi Abbensetts
Kwesi Abbensetts

KwesiKwesi Abbensetts
Kwesi Abbensetts (b. Guyana, 1976) is a New York based Photographer/Visual Artist and 2016 NYFA Fellow who hails from South America off of the Corentyne coast of Guyana. Kwesi Abbensetts is a self taught visual artist, he started playing with the medium of photography in 2006, his work has since matured, shooting portraiture, fashion, art photography and experimental short films.

Instagram – kwesiabbensetts
Twitter – @spaceshipgeorge



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Leanne Armstrong

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Leanne Armstrong is a Graphic Designer based in London. She studied Graphic Design at the University of Arts and holds a degree in Dance and Media Cultural Studies. She has always had a passion for creative expression and is inspired by modern urban culture.

Social Media:  Leanne Creative – Graphic Design / @Leannecreative (Facebook and Twitter)


Film Africa fans can now VOTE for their favourite and the winning artwork will then be used across festival publicity materials, including our brochure and official festival poster. Film Africa 2016 will take place in venues across London from 28 October to 6 November.

All three shortlisted artists:

  • The competition and all three artworks will be posted regularly to the Film Africa Facebook page (4,000 likes approx.) and Twitter account (6,500 followers approx.). Our marketing team will develop a social media strategy and will be targeting art venues and galleries across London, presenting an ideal opportunity for exposure in the right places.  We will encourage the competition to go viral.
  • Competition and all three artworks will be prominently displayed on the Film Africa website in the lead up to and during the festival.
  • A page within the Film Africa brochure will introduce the competition and display all three artworks, along with details of each artist (including contact email and website if desired).
    An invite to the Film Africa Opening Gala and party at the Picturehouse Central on Friday 28 October (we cannot cover travel or accommodation).

Winning artist:

  • Artwork on front cover of Film Africa brochure disseminated mainly to art/cultural venues across London (15,000 distribution).
  • Artwork used for official Film Africa poster (quad size film poster), which will be displayed in all festival venues, including the Hackney Picturehouse, Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, BFI Southbank, ICA and the British Library.
  • 40% profits from a silent auction of the winning artwork, which will take place in the new year.
  • £250 honorarium.

Competition closes on Thurs 15 Sept 2016. Don’t delay. Vote for your favourite artwork today!