Focus Features officially announced the five winners for its 2012 Africa First Program, an initiative launched in 2008 that is dedicated to providing financial assistance for upcoming African filmmakers. Each filmmaker will be awarded $10,000 to be used for funding their films’ pre-production, production, and/or post-production.
“This year we have a dynamic group of filmmakers who will be telling stories that span genres and generations,” says Focus CEO James Schamus. “Everyone at Focus is excited to be collaborating wtih them.”
The filmmakers selected this year are Vincent Moloi (South Africa) with his film “Berea,” Samantha Nell (South Africa) with her film “One Way Ticket,” William Nicholson (South Africa) with “The Second Law,” Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho) with his film “Mosongoa,” and Ekwa Msangi-Omari (Tanzania) with “Soko.” The films’ subjects range from a neurotic undertaker to a Jewish man living in Johannesburg, to a Kenyan father and daughter, to a teenage girl in stick-fighting contest, to a schoolgirl and her grandmother. All of the shorts are filmed in Africa.
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