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 shares that,
“Over 200 hundreds films were submitted from different countries; however, only 22 of those were selected by the Jury for premier in Ghana.”
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 AFRICA||FRANK GARBIN||GHANA|
|SUE SAEED||ZADOK DONKOR||GHANA|
|FORT PRIZENSTEIN||KEKELI QUASHIEGAH||GHANA|
|SHORT FILM||SKIN||FRANCOIS MORRISET||USA|
|70 YRS OF BLACKNESS||ABDALLAH AHIN||GHANA|
|AFRICA RISING||THE STAR BOY||JAMES DEACON||GHANA|
|DOCUMENTARY||TWOUB MANTLE||JEAN-RENE RINVIL||HAITI|
|A TOWERING TASK||ALANA DEJOSEPH||USA|
|BURKINABE RISING (AGROECOLOGY)||LARA LEE||BURKINA FASO|
|BURKINABE BOUNTY (ART OF RESISTANCE)||LARA LEE||BURKINA FASO|
|STUDENT FILM||BENEATH THE SURFACE||GRACE ADJETEY||GHANA|
|SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT GENTLEMAN||LENA WINDISCH||GERMANY|
|PUPPY LOVE||DAREEN HEARD||USA|
|THIS LADY CALLED LIFE||KAYODE KASUM||NIGERIA|
|FEATURE FILM||SEVEN||TOSIN IGHO||NIGERIA|
|LOST IN TIME||PETER KAWA||KENYA|
|WHAT DOESN’T KILL US||BREDDEN HUBBARD||USA|
|WOMEN IN FILM||WALKING IN THE SHADOWS||EDWARD MULANDI||GERMANY|
|THE WOMB||ABA ARTHUR||USA|
|ANIMATED FILM||JUMBIE KIDS||VERNA CORBIN||USA|
|NON-COMPETITIVE CATEGORY||JUNGLE JUSTICE||IDOWU OKENIYI||GHANA|
|THE FIRST CHRISTIAN||AMIR ABDALLAH A. GBANKULSO||GHANA|
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 exciting and educative range of activities including, masterclasses, panel sessions, daily film screenings, an opening ceremony, awards night and a music concert.
Visit the above websites for further details or call/ WhatsApp +233 506481853 for enquiries.
The Black Star International Film festival (BSIFF) is organized by the Black Star International Film Institute, a not-for-profit organization with the advocacy drive of positioning Ghana as a film hub (helping to make Ghana both a key festival and holiday destination), and focusing on the business of film and industry advocacy.