Twenty-two new films have been selected to compete in the live virtual edition of Black Star International Film Festival dubbed “Connect.” The Festival announced that the 2020 virtual edition is set to take place from September 24-27, 2020.
The manager of the BSIFF this year, Ms. Philippa Ama Bentuma Arthur said “as is the case annually, many filmmakers’ around the world submit their films to the Festival. A “capable” panel of Jury members go through the arduous task of choosing the final films that make it into competition, during the Festival.”
This year, as part of efforts to celebrate Ghanaian filmmakers, the Festival announced a special award category for Ghanaian films called the “Odehye3 category.” According to organizers of BSIFF, many of the submitted films were from Ghana, and many of those films have made it into competition.
The 22 selected films will compete under eight categories comprising of: Documentary, Short Film, and Feature Film, Women in Film, Student Film, Africa Rising, the ‘Odehye3’ category and Animation. Additionally, three more films will screen under the non-competitive category.
Below is a list of all the films that stand a chance of winning cash awards at the Festival, this year:
|COMPETITIVE CATEGORY||TITLE OF FILM||NAME OF FILMMAKER||COUNTRY OF ORIGIN|
|ODEHYE3||HEROES OF AFRICASUE SAEEDFORT PRIZENSTEIN||FRANK GARBINZADOK DONKORKEKELI QUASHIEGAH||GHANAGHANAGHANA|
|SHORT FILM||SKINTHERAPISTNOTFA70 YRS OF BLACKNESS||FRANCOIS MORRISETKANSO OGBOLUSALEM ALHACHITYABDALLAH AHIN||USANIGERIALEBANONGHANA|
|AFRICA RISING||THE STAR BOY||JAMES DEACON||GHANA|
|DOCUMENTARY||TWOUB MANTLEA TOWERING TASKBURKINABE RISING (AGROECOLOGY)BURKINABE BOUNTY (ART OF RESISTANCE)||JEAN-RENE RINVILALANA DEJOSEPHLARA LEE LARA LEE||HAITIUSABURKINA FASO BURKINA FASO|
|STUDENT FILM||BENEATH THE SURFACESEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT GENTLEMANPUPPY LOVE THIS LADY CALLED LIFE||GRACE ADJETEYLENA WINDISCH DAREEN HEARD KAYODE KASUM||GHANAGERMANY USA NIGERIA|
|FEATURE FILM||SEVENLOST IN TIMEWHAT DOESN’T KILL US||TOSIN IGHOPETER KAWABREDDEN HUBBARD||NIGERIAKENYAUSA|
|WOMEN IN FILM||WALKING IN THE SHADOWSTHE WOMB||EDWARD MULANDIABA ARTHUR||GERMANYUSA|
|ANIMATED FILM||JUMBIE KIDS||VERNA CORBIN||USA|
|NON-COMPETITIVE CATEGORY||JUNGLE JUSTICETHE FIRST CHRISTIANIN SEARCH||IDOWU OKENIYIAMIR ABDALLAH A. GBANKULSO||GHANAGHANAGERMANY|
This year’s edition of the Festival, due to the recent global pandemic, will run as a live virtual event dubbed, “Connect” from 27th – 30th September 2020 on the official BSIFF websites and social media platforms. Visit www.bsiff.org to sign-up.
BSIFF Connect will have an exciting and educative range of activities including, masterclasses, panel sessions, daily film screenings, an opening ceremony, awards night and a music concert.
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