One of Film Africa’s principle aims is to support the work of African and African diaspora filmmakers and provide a platform for titles that would otherwise be unknown to UK audiences. The Film Africa Audience for Best Feature has a cash prize of £1,500 and is particularly special because it is chosen by you. Each year, a selection of new fiction feature films vie for the Award and the line-up represents the exciting range of storytelling on offer in African cinema today.
The 2017 Audience Award went to Daryne Joshua‘s powerful and impressive debut Call Me Thief [Noem My Skollie]. Based on the story of Cape Flats convict-turned-screenwriter John Fredericks, the film is a tale of redemption through storytelling and a portrait of life on the mean streets of 1960s Cape Town. In response to his win, Joshua said:
“I am immensely proud and honoured to win the Film Africa 2017 Audience Award for Best Feature Film. I’d like to thank Film Africa and the Royal African Society for creating a platform for African filmmakers to share their stories. Most importantly, to the London audience – thank you for coming out and opening yourself to the diverse cinema of Africa – I’m glad you were engaged. I hope this is the beginning of a long and rewarding artistic relationship.”
The 2018 shortlist will be announced in September alongside the full Film Africa 2018 programme.
All Eligible films for Film Africa 2017 Audience Award are marked with this symbol.