Thank you so much to Jigyasa Anand, Godgift Chidinma Emesi and Esther Rennae Walker, shortlisted filmmakers from the 2020 FOCUS Award, who joined us for a screening and discussion facilitated by Amelia Brown (EVCOM). We revisited the three brilliant films they created which were recognised at the FOCUS Award, watching them one by one and then hearing from the filmmakers about their influences, inspiration and passions.

Happy Birthday by Jigyasa Anand

56 Black Men by Esther-Rennae Walker

Stranded in Nigeria: The Road to Enugu by Godgift Chedinma Emesi

They shared their learnings from creating their own films, and passed on advice to other young filmmakers. Each of them stressed the importance of learning from each filmmaking process, and the filmmakers spoke about the importance of just doing it, working with what you have and ensuring that you always keep yourself in the film. Finally, they talked about their next steps in their creative journeys. As well as continuing to make short films, they are also pursuing making music videos, theatre and the spoken word scene. We cannot wait to see what each of them do next!

If you missed it, you can find a recording of the session below:





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