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 www.ted.com.
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
A prominent figure in the New Wave of African Filmmakers, Aduaka is currently resident
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
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:
Official selection 61st Mostra de Venezi
Toronto International Film Festival
Clermont-Ferrand Int. Film Festival
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)
AIDS campaign short (Scenarios From Africa)
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.
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
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