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Ghanaian Filmmakers Dominate BSIFF 2020 Official Film Selection

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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
THERAPIST KANSO OGBOLU NIGERIA
NOTFA SALEM ALHACHITY LEBANON
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
IN SEARCH GERMANY

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.

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