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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.


JURY AWARD WINNERS

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EYELASH
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.


MIRACLE
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


WHO KNOWS
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.


YOUTUBE AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

THE LETTER READER

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.

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