FESTIVALS & AWARDS: The African Movie Academy Awards, Cannes, Ankara, Hong Kong and more!

A still from MISS LOVELY, 2010 GFI grant recipient and official selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival! Photo: Future East Film

MISS LOVELY has the Cannes-connection, the African Movie Academy salutes THE CAPTAIN OF NAKARA and THE MIRROR NEVER LIES reflects radiance with a win in Hong Kong! 

Global Lens films and GFI grantees have sprung into action this April with awards and screenings at festivals around the world!

THE CAPTAIN OF NAKARA (dir. Bob Nyanja, Kenya, 2009 grant recipient) has been nominated in the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards for achievement in costume design! The film will compete with four other African films at the awards ceremony on April 22 in Nigeria—watch the trailer here.

FAITH (dir. Alejo Crisóstomo, Guatemala, 2011 grant recipient) screens at the Latin American Film Festival of Utrecht at the end of April, with Alejo himself in attendance to present the film! Read the festival’s interview with Alejo here.

Kamila Andini’s THE MIRROR NEVER LIES (Indonesia, 2011 grant recipient) was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the Hong Kong International Film Festival!

MISS LOVELY (dir. Ashim Ahluwalia, 2010 grant recipient) was chosen as an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, and is the only film representing India in the festival lineup! Read what Ashim has to say about Bollywood cinema here.

Last, but certainly not least in grantee news: NINAH’S DOWRY (dir. Victor Viyuoh, Cameroon, 2010 grant recipient) will be completed by the end of April, thanks in part to a very successful Kickstarter campaign!

And let’s not forget our Global Lens films:

ADRIFT (dir. Bui Thac Chuyen, Vietnam, Global Lens 2010) was invited by the Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Education to tour eight universities, including Yale University, Princeton University and New York University. Thac Chuyen will also participate in discussions after each screening!

BELVEDERE (dir. Ahmed Imamović Bosnia & Herzegovina, Global Lens 2011) screened in the Uniformity section of the Ankara International Film Festival! Click here to watch a clip from the film.

Congratulations to all our films and filmmakers!

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