IEFTA partnered with the Durban FilmMart to identify and support talented emerging filmmakers from the African continent.
60 projects were pitched during the 5-day online event and three were awarded the IEFTA Mentorship Prize representing both fiction and documentary films.
(Feature Fiction: Between Worlds)
Adong comes to film with a theatre background, where she has written, directed and produced over 15 theatre projects and trained over 40 theatre directors across the African continent under her annual Theatre Directors Apprenticeship Program. She is also a published writer with 22 publications – 20 Children’s story
books on the Uganda National Primary Schools Syllabus and 2 plays (Methuen & Macmillan Publishers UK, Harlem9 USA & Fountain Publishers Uganda) – her plays are taught in several American Universities including Ivy League Universities like Princeton University, Dartmouth University and New York University.
She is the writer of Shadow of Tinted Souls, the original former child soldier story that won the French Film Fund (2007) becoming part of Imani (Caroline Kamya: 2010) Berlin Film Festival Opening Night film; staff writer for M-Net’s (South Africa’s leading Network Television) first East African original series, The Agency
(2009) and alumna of Mira Nair’s Maisha Film Lab (2008). She holds an MFA Filmmaking and Media Arts (Temple University, USA) and her film credits include her thesis film, Right Song, Wrong C(h)ord (2016); The Pitch (2014); Home (2013); Roster (2012) and Sins of the Parents (2008).
(Feature Documentary: Black People Don’t Get Depressed)
Sara Chitambo is a filmmaker based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Documentary Production from Sussex University and made her first short film as part of the National Film and Video Foundation Women Filmmakers Slate in 2018. Her 2010 film Climate Theatre, was filmed, edited, and received awards at the Climate Change Summit in Cancun, Mexico in November 2010 as well as at the Royal Commonwealth Society UK Vision Awards the same year. As a director, Sara Chitambo is passionate about telling authentic, emotionally compelling stories and serious about continually mastering her craft as a filmmaker. She also serves as the spokesperson for the creative industry advocacy entity Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT).
(Short Documentary: I Might Not Normally Share This)
Besides maintaining her career as a freelance filmmaker and animator, Noura works as an adjunct TA in the Film department at the AUC. In 2018, she received her B. Sc. in media design from the German University in Cairo. Noura participated in Talents Beirut (5th edition) as an editor and in Talents Durban 2020 during Durban FilmMart. Noura is currently directing an animated documentary ‘I Might Not Normally Share This’, which received a fund from AFAC, support and mentorship from Shnit Cairo, as well official selection in Durban FilmMart 2020. Her individual and collective works have participated at local and international festivals, receiving awards such as: “Best Editing” from Visions CSFF (2020), “Best Sound Design” from MDB Film Festival (2019), “Best Fiction Film” from Shnit Realtime Competition (2017), and “Producer’s Choice Award” from Cairo 48HFP (2016).