YouTube, in partnership with the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) and The Africa Narrative, have announced the winners of the I Am Africa Short Film Competition -- a project geared at finding new storytelling talent based in Sub Saharan Africa. PAFF jurors and YouTube's global audience narrowed down more than 160 submissions from around the continent.


Country: South Africa
Director: Mpendulo Myeni
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: When two childhood best friends fall in love they are too afraid to tell each other; blowing an eyelash becomes the only way to realize their wish.

Country: South Africa
Director: Bongi Ndaba
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A single mother on a quest for absolution travels from church to church seeking a miracle for her daughter who is afflicted with a mysterious disability

Country: Kenya
Director: Nick Wambugu
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: Six ambitious teenagers from the slums of Nairobi strive to succeed and make a better life for themselves through dance.



Country: South Africa
Director: Sibusiso Khuzwayo
Genre: Coming-of-age
Synopsis: While struggling to adapt to a new environment, Siyabonga, a 12-year-old boy discovers the impact of reading letters to people. One day a letter with bad news lands in his hands

The winners are invited to fly to Los Angeles to participate in a day of workshops, production training and networking with the entertainment industry at YouTube Space LA as well as a red-carpet screening at the Pan African Film Festival, which runs from February 13-23, 2020.

All the winners and semifinalist films can be viewed on YouTube.

Click here for more information.

© 2020 The Africa Narrative. Website by Alanna Bass.

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