African Cinema: Winners emerge in the MTN Afrinolly Short Film Competition

The top three winners in the MTN Afrinolly Short Film Competition have finally been selected. After submissions opened for Season 2 of the competition on September 1, 2013, over 400 entries were received from African filmmakers from 16 countries by the deadline of November 30, 2013. An international panel of judges in the creative industries pruned it down to the best 10 films in both the Short Film and Documentary categories.

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 et c.

Online voting was then opened to the public for 12 days to choose their favourite Short Film and Documentary. Voting closed 19th January, 2014 but winners’ announcement was postponed due to the sad loss of BBC’s Komla Dumor a member of the Competition jury. The following films took the top three positions in both categories. Check out the winning videos at

Short Film:
First Prize ($25,000) Everything Happens for a Reason by Florian Schott

Second Prize ($10,000) Crimson – Your Cup of Tea by Daniel Etim Effiong

Third Prize ($5,000) 10:10 by Gbenga Salu

First Prize ($25,000) Creative Minds by Victor Okoye

Second Prize ($10,000) Awele’s Diary by Ronke Ogunmakin

Third Prize ($5,000) Yellow Fever by Ng’endo Mukii

Other finalists in both categories will receive $500 each. The awards presentation ceremony themed “Lions Rising” will be held in Lagos, Nigeria on 22nd February, 2014. The invite only event to celebrate the Generation of Digital Film Makers in Africa would have the introduction of some individual awards, most notably the ‘Komla Dumor Award for Storytelling’ in memorial of one of the Competition judges.
The Afrinolly Short Film Competition is an initiative of the developers of Afrinolly mobile app. The Competition was supported by MTN, Cote Ouest Audiovisuel, IREP, Goethe Institut. Media partners include EbonyLife TV, Beat 99.9FM and BellaNaija.


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