Anthony Onah, Bemigho Awala Take Top Cash Prizes In Afrinolly Short Film Competition
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Anthony Onah, Bemigho Awala Take Top Cash Prizes In Afrinolly Short Film Competition


Congrats to all the winners of a competition we’ve been following since it began last fall… details via press release below; by the way, the big winner in the fiction category, Anthony Onah, happens to be Julius Onah’s twin-brother – Julius being the director of The Girls Is In Trouble (staring Columbus Short), and who was recently tapped by J.J. Abrams to helm the sci-fi thriller God Particle:

Dara Ju, Hustle On a Mile take pole position in Afrinolly Short Film Competition

The top three winners in the Afrinolly Short Film Competition have finally been selected. After the event was launched on November 1, 2012, over 500 entries were received from African filmmakers from 14 countries by the deadline of January 31, 2013. Following an initial screening that found only 214 eligible entries, an international panel of judges in the creative industries pruned it down to the best 10 films in both the Short and Documentary categories.

The jury, chaired by documentary filmmaker Femi Odugbemi, comprised acclaimed filmmakers Tunde Kelani, Emem Isong, Juliet Yaa Asante and Obi Emelonye; content producer Bongiwe Selane, New York African Film Festival’s Mahen Bonetti, The Black List’s Franklin Leonard, writer Tolu Ogunlesi, Carol Kathurima and Nmachi Jidemma.

The jury shortlisted 20 entries based on concept and execution i.e the story’s originality and imaginative force, clarity of purpose and its ability to captivate as well as how effectively the filmmaker reflected technical knowledge of acting, editing, sound, lighting, camera work etc.

A voting public then had three weeks from February 15 to choose their top three favourites for the $100,000 cash prize. Voting ended on March 8 and the following films took the top three positions in both categories. Check out the winning videos at

Short Film:

First Prize ($25,000) Dara Ju – By Anthony Onah

Second Prize ($10,000) The Promise – By Akin Okunrinboye

Third Prize ($5,000) To serve with all our Strength – By Ishaya Bako (HomeVida)


First Prize ($25,000) Hustle On A Mile – By Bemigho Awala

Second Prize ($10,000) A short “DOCUMENTARY” – By Soji Oyinsan II

Third Prize ($5,000) Black and Gold – By Joseph Akwasi

The winners in the 4th to 10th positions in both categories will receive $500 each. The official awards presentation will take place at 6pm on Friday, March 15 at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.

The Afrinolly Short Film Competition is an initiative of FCO Limited, developers of the MTN Afrinolly Mobile phone app. Its aim is to digitally showcase African cinema talent and provide a platform to foster the production of African content and make same available online. The Competition was supported by MTN, Goethe Institut, Blackberry, IREP and Google as the social media partner.

Dara Ju –

Hustle On A Mile –