Ghanaian filmmaker, Shirley Frimpong Manso, won the Best Narrative Award at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival in San Francisco Bay.
Her film ‘Potato Potahto’ won the award jointly with the Ethiopian film God’s Bridge, by Girum Ermyas Gebrselassie.
Ghanaian soul/jazz singer Sutra and director Edem Dotse were also awarded Special Recognition awards for Achievement in Narrative Short for the Waves/The Water music video.
The Silicon Valley African Film Festival is organized to celebrate the creation and discovery of cinematic art and innovation and provides the San Francisco Bay Area community access to the richness, diversity and vitality of Africa’s creative expressions through the lenses of African filmmakers.
Below is the full award list.
EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD – NADA IBRAHIM (FINDING ME) Egypt
NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM AWARD – SHIRLEY FRIMPONG – MANSO (POTATO POTAHTO) Ghana and GIRUM ERMYAS GEBERESELASSIE (GOD’S BRIDGE) Ethiopia
NARRATIVE SHORT FILM AWARD – KENI OGUNLOLA (LODGERS) Nigeria
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE LENGTH AWARD – SONIA TERRAB (SHAKEAPEARE IN CASABLANCA) Morocco
DOCUMENTARY SHORT LENGTH AWARD – OBIANUJUAKU AKUKWE (AFIA ATTACK) Nigeria
ANIMATION AWARD – STEPHEN SHIMA LOSUN (CRUSH) Nigeria
Diaspora Spotlight Awards
DIASPORA NARRATIVE SHORT AWARD – SEWRA G. KIDANE (PROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION)and XAVIER BURGIN (ON TIME)
DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM AWARD – ELI JACOBS-FANTAUZZI (DANCE WITH YOUR HEART)
Special Recognition Awards
ACHIEVEMENT IN NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM – ARIAM WELDEAB (FORGIVENESS FOR WHOM?) Eritrea
ACHIEVEMENT IN NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM – SHEMU JOYAH (THE ROAD TO SUNSHINE) Malawi
ACHIEVEMENT IN NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM – ARNOLD AGANZE (N.G.O. NOTHING GOING ON) Uganda
ACHIEVEMENT IN NARRATIVE SHORT FILM – LUNGELO KUZWAYO (SAWUBONA) South Africa
ACHIEVEMENT IN NARRATIVE SHORT FILM – CONT DE MONK (ZAWAJA GALI) South Sudan
ACHIEVEMENT IN NARRATIVE SHORT – SUTRA AND EDEM DOTSE (WAVES/THE WATER) Ghana
ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION FILM – GATUMIA GATUMIA (KURA) Kenya
ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM – MAY YAM (HEALING HANDS) Namibia / USA
ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM – OLUWASEUN BABALOLA (REPRESENT (SOJU) Nigeria / USA