As many are waiting for cinemas to open to premiere their films, the film “Heroes of Africa” produced by Matilda Asare and directed by Frank Gharbin, has won its very first award and a cash prize for winning the Yaa Asantewaa Odehye3 award at the 2020 edition of the Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF).
The thought of a film winning an award before its public premiere may sound strange to many but that is the feat “Heroes of Africa” has attained with their decision to submit their film to BSIFF.
Joy and fulfillment filled the faces of the Heroes of Africa team as they joyfully received their winning cheque of $1500 as promised, at a short ceremony held at the Goethe Institute in Accra.
The Odehye3 award category was created by BSIFF to motivate local hardworking filmmakers, recognize and award the most outstanding Ghanaian film submitted to the Festival, annually. The Goethe Institute supported the cash award for the Odehye3 category this year.
The Founding President of BSIFF, Ms. Juliet Asante, called on all the true supporters of the Arts to join the Black Star International Film Festival to help elevate and amplify the voice of independent filmmakers in Ghana, Africa, and the world.
To all filmmakers, she advised, “continue to scream your truth, especially at this time.”
On Sunday, September 27, 2020, the film “Heroes of Africa” was crowned the winner of the Odehye3 category at the Closing/Awards ceremony of BSIFF, which took place at the African Regent Hotel.
Your film could win big next year, be on the lookout for the 2021 call for film submissions by the Black Star International Film Festival.