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.