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  1. 1. Newton I. ADUAKA With Ezra, in 2007, Newton I Aduaka won the Etalon d’or de Yennenga (the golden stallion of Yennenga), the highest honour for an African Film Maker at the festival of pan- African cinema, FESPACO. Ezra premiered in the World cinema competition at the Sundance film festival, was nominated for the Humanitas Prize and screened in a special section of the Critics’ Week in Cannes. Ezra has appeared in over 500 film festivals and events across the world and has won over 20 awards including 6 Grand Jury prizes and a Federation of International Film Critics (Fipresci) award. Ezra has been named as one of the most important anti-war films ever made. It was awarded the United Nation’s prize for Peace and Tolerance. In 2007 Aduaka was invited to hold a Master class at the Cannes Film Festival and in 2008 the Berlin film festival invited him, as an expert, to speak on aesthetics of Cinema at the Berlinale Talent Campus. He has sat on various Film Festival Juries. In the summer of 2007 Aduaka was invited to speak at TED, “Africa: The Next Chapter”, held in Arusha. His speech is available online at In 2004 the organization, Global Dialogue, commissioned Aduaka to direct two short films on AIDS awareness. These films have been translated into numerous languages and are effectively used as educational tools across the world. The British newspaper “The Independent” named Aduaka as one of the 50 best living African artists. A prominent figure in the New Wave of African Filmmakers, Aduaka is currently resident in Paris.
  2. 2. EZRA (2007) - feature Grand Jury Prize Etalon d’or de Yennenga (Golden Stallion) Fespaco Grand Jury Prize - 28th Durban International Film festival Grand Jury Prize Licorne d’Or (Golden Unicorn) - Amiens International film festival Grand Jury Prize - Balafon film festival Grand Jury Prize Golden Dhow – Zanzibar International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize – Royal Python – Festival International du Film de Ouidah Panascreen Award – Best Director Fipresci Prize – Zanzibar International Film Festival Griot d Arcilla – Best Director – 8th Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa Prix du public long métrage - 27th Amiens International film festival Silver Alhambra (Best Director) - Festival de Granada Cine del Sur United Nation’s Prize for Peace and Tolerance PLAN Children’s Rights Award Premio Citta Milano (Audience Prize) – Festival Cinema Africano, d’Asia e America Latina Special Jury Prize – Kenya International Film festival Coup de coeur du Public - Festival Lumières d'Afrique de Besançon Special Jury Prize - Kenya International Film Festival Prix du jury lycéens et des apprentis du cinema - Festival Lumières d'Afrique de Besançon Prix De L’INALCO Coup De Coeur Du Jury - 8th Edition des Rencontres Internationales <Songes d’une nuit DV> Humanitas Prize – Nomination Official selection- World Cinema Competition – Sundance Film Festival Official Selection 46te Semaine Internationale de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival    
  3. 3. RAGE (2001) - feature Prix Oumarou Ganda – Best First Feature - Fespaco Best Director - First Feature, Pan-African Film Festival Los Angeles Le Prix Jeunesse, Vue’s d’Afrique Montreal OCIC Grand Prix - Festival d’Amiens Carlton Television UK’s Multicultural Achievement Award for Cinema Theatrical release: UK DVD release: UK Television broadcast: France Short films include: AÏCHA (2004) Official selection 61st Mostra de Venezi Toronto International Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand Int. Film Festival Fespaco Oberhausen Internationale Kurzfilmtage SALE NÈGRE (2004) One of an anthology of shorts entitled Paris La Metise BON VOYAGE (2004) AIDS campaign short (Scenarios From Africa) L’EXPERT (2004) AIDS campaign short (Scenarios From Africa) FUNERAL (2002) Director’s Fortnight – Cannes 2002, Rio International Film Festival ON THE EDGE (1997) Best Short Film - Festival of African Asian & Latin American Cinema Milan Best short Film - Fespaco 1999 Best Short Film - BFM International Film Festival London 2000 Various special mentions.      
  4. 4.           Films in development: WAITING FOR AN ANGEL – LOMBA, a Student, aspiring Novelist and Journalist, has the makings of a great Writer. He wishes for nothing but to publish his first novel. But Lomba can’t. He lives in a country under the iron grip of the notorious military dictator General Sani Abacha. Lomba will come to learn in a hard way that before Art there must be Freedom. Based on Helon Habila’s award winning novel. 21 DAYS - Political/Legal drama set over the period of the 21 day race riot of Nov 2005 in France. ONE MAN’S SHOW – An actor about to turn 50 is diagnosed with Cancer of the bowel.   BIAFRA! - A six hour documentary compendium of the Biafran war. MAGDALA, an epic tale set in mid 19th century Ethiopia