Ghanaian Filmmaker Ben Darkwa Has Won An Award In Los Angeles

Ben Darkwa’s new film titled ‘Trending Crimes: Episode 1’ won the Best International Short Award at the 2018 Golden State Film Festival held in Los Angeles, California.

The prestigious film festival took place from August 10-12.

‘Trending Crimes: Episode 1’ is a thriller centred around Ghanaian citizens who are targeted by a motorcycle gang.

Throughout the film, the gang is tracked by a seasoned private investigator set on apprehending these bad guys.

‘Trending Crimes’ shows the dedication of law enforcement fighting to preserve their communities and to overcome issues that happen in everyday life.

The film’s Executive Producer, Ben Darkwa, is a renowned author, civil engineer and entrepreneur in Ghana.

Aside from being behind the scenes for ‘Trending Crimes’, Darkwa also created the award-winning film, Pauline’s Diary. That film won the Award of Recognition at the Global Accolade Film Festival and Indie Fest movie Festival.

Ben Darkwa’s many accolades show his ability to create powerful films and connect with audiences. Aside from filmmaking, he was the Chairman of the Cambridge African Network, a position he held for five years.

He engages in various charitable foundations around the world and is known for lending his voice and time to help many causes which affect African communities.


The Golden State Film Festival is one of the best ways for independent movie makers to reach large audiences.

Winning an award as prestigious as the Best International Short Award opens up new career opportunities for filmmakers. This film festival provides entrants with exposure and the chance to win other coveted prizes in the industry.

This film festival is made to serve as an avenue for new and local movie makers to show their talents in directing. The competitive event gives filmmakers the chance to connect with movie industry experts. Movie makers from all corners of the globe are able to apply for the festival in the short and feature-length categories.

Ben Darkwa is more than happy to share this award with those who helped him make ‘Trending Crimes: Episode 1’ a huge success. Film lovers are urged to watch his short film to find out why it won the Best International Short Award in 2018.


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