After a rigorous selection by the 20 member jury, 10 films out of the all the entries made it into the Audience Choice category. These 10 films are also the AREEL Shorts and Animation official selections to be screened. These 10 films will be voted live by audience at the AREEL Shorts and Animation screening.
Join us to watch these exciting films and celebrate the hardworking filmmakers in supporting the art!
SUNDAY April 17. at Queens, Ahodwo Round About. Kumasi, Ghana. INFO. CALL +233246064340
Da Yie tells the story of two children who went on a life changing experience with an adult with bad intentions. Young Matilda and Prince had their innocence and resilience explored by Bogah played by Goua Grovogui. “Da Yie” was directed by Anthony Nti who showed us the beauty of Ghana and the people. He took us on a journey of the places he knew as a before he left Ghana at the age of 10. Anthony Nti is a Ghanaian-born Belgian director and writer. The award winning filmmaker attended the Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound in Brussels. From there he went on to direct commercials, music videos and short films.
The film stars Prince Agortey, Matilda Enchil, Goua Grovogui, Ma Abena, Zadi Wonder, Malcolm Bader, and written and produced by Anthony Nti and Chingiz Karibekov, cinematography by PJ Claessens, Edited by Frederik Vandewalle.
Breaking Point Eno has so much to balance in one lifetime; her mental health, and the painful quest to please and change her husband in a one-sided marriage. While she risks so much for her husband’s love, little does she know that he has other priorities other than returning the gesture. Eno must face the question: is she truly loyal or is she only afraid to break from her prison?
Breaking Point was directed by Daakyehene Ababio, the young filmmaker from Ghana now living in Ohio, US with his beautiful wife Angeles Kay Ababio and family. He now make films with Ghanaians and African Americans in the States. Daakyehene is the CEO of Palmbook Studios.
I Like It Here Takyi, a young Ghanaian-American struggles to call the country he was born in home. He was born and raised in the States by a Ghanaian father and an American mother. On his way back to the airport where he intends to travel back to the States, he discovers what brought him back to his roots and closer to his people.
Amartei Armar directed I Like It Here. He is an award winning Ghanaian-American Independent Filmmaker. Born to a Ghanaian father and an African-American mother, he lives between both cultures and tell stories that combine both Ghanaian and American forms of storytelling.
Dolapo Is Fine Dolapo, ready to leave her British boarding school and enter the working world, she faces the pressure to change her name and her natural hairstyle. With pressure from her friends and family, will she embrace her natural curls or settle with the wig which everyone thinks is best?
Dolapo Is Fine was directed by Enthosheia Hylton, an award winning English screenwriter and director. She has a natural flair for beautiful cinematography and editing, telling powerful stories with gritty performances.
Appreciation An African Pentecostal Pastor questions everything she believes after a life-changing event.
Tomisin Adepeju who directed Appreciation is a multi-award-winning Nigerian-British Filmmaker based in the UK. His shorts has been selected for numerous awards and screened at several prestigious film festivals.
The Knell centers on a Ghanaian international student’s first day at a rural Oklahoman University. On his way to achieving the American dream, he encounters a mysterious tour guide who sends him down a deadly path in which he awakens to discover a nightmare he must overcome.
The Knell was directed by Joseph Osei-Bonsu. He was born and raised in Ghana and he later immigrated to the US to continue his writing and film education. His filmmaking style blends current affairs with dark-comedy, history, Afro-futurism, the supernatural, and fabulist elements to relate unique stories.
Shorti Getting intimate with his online girlfriend, he is afraid his will disappoint her. He gets laughed at due to his height a lot and is determine to find a solution to the problem once and for all.
Shorti was directed by Godfred Yaw Owusu, a young Ghanaian director and actor. Godfred is a student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he studies Communication Design (Film and Animation). His dream is to become one of the hardest working actors across the globe. This desire has grown from just acting to making films.
A better friend is short teen drama, melodrama that explores love in romantic and platonic forms; through the eyes of two teenagers. It subtly experiments the innocent inclusiveness of love. This film draws attention on the need for African Parent-child communication. Highlighting the innocent emotional and social needs of teenagers. It highlights the importance of African parents becoming more sensitive about children’s emotional needs.
A Better Friend is directed by Jumic Emma Anderson. He is a film director, screenwriter, and an acting-coach by profession. Jumic Emma Anderson is a multiple-award-winning filmmaker, An African Movie Academy Award Nominee. He’s the Founder and Creative Director of Jumicon Pictures, an independent film and television company known for providing high-quality corporate video production services. He follows and projects the business of green and sustainable local businesses that are having a positive impact on the environment and the world. He’s also a filmmaking tutor at Mexx Multimedia Institute where he teaches sustainable film production.
Good Thanks, You? Molly Manning Walker tells story rooted in our community as he strives to restore the truth of intimate feeling through an instinctive, vital film. Good Thanks, You? tell the story of Amy who was sexually assaulted. She must deal with the tremor, the lack of help from those who were supposed to help her and herself.
Molly Manning Walker is a cinematographer and director based in the UK. She is best known for Good Thanks, You? which was her directing debute. The film was selected at the International Critics’ Week in Cannes.
Gun Point This short was directed by Kwesi Penyah. It tells the story of the hardship in the country, agitated youths who wants the fair share and those who will go to every length to take what they want. Even if it means holding their fellow citizens at Gun Point.
We congratulate all these great films for making it to the screening. We can’t want to crown one of the them the audience choice winner at the #theAREEL #BigScreenShorts.