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Established in 2011, the Film Africa Baobab Award for Best Short Film exists to recognise and support new filmmaking talent emerging from across Africa and its Diaspora. The shortlist was compiled from over 300 submissions – a record number for Film Africa, indicating the growing scale of talent in contemporary African filmmaking. 12 shorts from up-and-coming filmmakers from seven countries (Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia) have been selected to vie for the Award, which includes a £1,500 cash reward. The winner is picked by a jury of filmmakers and industry professionals and will be announced at the Film Africa Closing Gala on Sunday 6 November.
THE CALL OF TRUNG [GOÏ TRÚNG] | LONDON PREMIERE
Brought together during the first Indochina War (1946-54), an elderly married couple in rural Morocco find themselves faced with a major dilemma. The wife, originally from Vietnam, doesn’t know whether to follow the call of her heart or the call of her homeland.
After graduating from Essex and Lancaster Universities, M. Hicham Regragui started his career in filmmaking as a production assistant and worked on many international and national productions. Since 2013, he has made three short films – Réglage, The Flag and Goï Trúng.
Alassane Sy was born in Mauritania and his family relocated to Senegal. He began his career modelling in Paris and NY, where he was touted, landing the lead role of Djibril in Restless City. He has since featured in Mediteranea and stars in the upcoming feature film The Drifters. Marabout is his directorial debut.
Since graduating from the Academy of Arts-higher cinema institute in Cairo in 2006, Mohamed Kamel has written and directed two shorts that have been screened in several international film festivals around the world, winning numerous awards. Mohamed is now working on a personal independent cinematic experiment.
Dan Muchina is a filmmaker based in Nairobi who works under the pseudonym ‘Abstract Omega’. He focuses on telling stories that reflect his experiences as a part of the city’s youth population, creating short films and visual mood-pieces in video format. With Monsoons, Abstract Omega was motivated to “shine light on the grim reality of Nairobi, a reality that is mostly kept out of the news”.
Nomalanga and her husband Sibusiso move into a new neighbourhood, and right across the street lives a mysterious widow whom everyone suspects of having killed her late husband. Intrigued and naive, Nomalanga decides to visit the widow and soon finds herself drawn to her mystery and charm.
Palesa Shongwe is studying film and media at Temple University, Philadelphia on a Fulbright Scholarship. An independent filmmaker, scriptwriter and teacher, Palesa’s first film, Atrophy, won the Jury Award at the Oberhausen Short FF in Germany. She recently completed uNomalanga and the Witch, which won Best South African short at the Durban International Film Festival in 2015.
Friendly waitress Susan works at a trendy Cape Town restaurant, deftly serving gluttons and WASPs, hipsters and high-tippers, racists and lechers. With some effort, she maintains both wit and service in the face of obnoxious custom – until a lousy tip gets the better of her.
Stephen Abbott is a South African filmmaker. He is a founding member of Stealth Donkey Moving Pictures, a Focus Features Africa First alumnus, an award-winning film and television director, including: Takalani Sesame (TV, 2013), Dirty Laundry (short,2011), and Lazy Susan.