Chika Anadu is a writer/director whose first feature, B for Boy, World Premiered in First Feature Competition at the BFI London Film Festival (2013), where it received the Jury commendation. It also won the Audience Award at the AFI Film Festival (2013). B for Boy is now available on Netflix and iTunes.
June Givanni is a film curator, archivist and international consultant in African and African diaspora cinema. She is based in the UK, and has been a leader in this sector for more than 30 years. She ran the British Film Institute’s African and Caribbean Film Unit; programmed ‘Planet Africa’ at the Toronto International Film Festival; and has worked with many other international film festivals. June has worked to stage major events around African and African diaspora cinema in the UK, including the GLCs Third Eye Film Festival; The Screen Griots Programme of events and Conference on African cinema at the BFI; and Edited the resulting book ‘Symbolic Narratives: African Cinema’. June is currently developing an archive based on collections from her 3 decades of working in this field.
David Somerset is a film programmer for the BFI Southbank and curates screenings as well as seasons, including last years ‘Beyond Nollywood’, a selection of new Nigerian film drama and documentary. Over the past decade he has introduced African cinema to a range of venues. In partnership with external organisations he curates a strand at the BFI Southbank entitled African Odysseys, showcasing films by and about the people of Africa and its diaspora. Drama, documentary and artist’s film are presented in context with talks from key speakers, such as writers, directors and academics. Running for over 8 years, the programme attracts regular film enthusiasts and non-traditional audiences.