AFRIFF Jury

Khadija Alimi

Producer | Morocco

Khadija Alami is an award winning Moroccan Producer of feature films, documentaries, short films and owner of K Films. She has established K Films, on an international level, as a well respected Service Company and co-Production partner.

The first Moroccan woman to join the Academy Awards jury committee, Khadija Alami, owns and operates a film production company, K Films, serving both local and foreign productions. She has worked on more than 40 international productions, including Captain Phillips by Paul Greengrass, and Fox’s Prison Break.

Oasis Studios created by K Films includes many backlots and facilities located on a 17-hectares land on the outskirts of Ouarzazate, one of the most highly sought-after movie locations in the Sahara. It also houses a 300-square meter industry standard compliant soundstage, post-production facilities, and production offices.

Dayo Lamolo

Amazon Exec. | London

Dayo (Olopade) Lamolo is a senior executive on the content acquisition team for Amazon Prime Video, responsible for originating and closing content deals from and for the African market.

She began her career as a journalist in Washington covering the Obama administration. She spent two years in Nairobi as a New America Foundation fellow, reporting *The Bright Continent*, a book on innovation, technology and opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa published in 2014.

After earning a JD and MBA as a Knight Law and Media Scholar at Yale, she built a track record of outstanding creative and business outcomes at the intersection of new technology and premium content in Europe, Africa and the United States.

– At the New York Times, she helped build and grow the pathbreaking “NYT Now” mobile app.

– At Facebook, she led high touch US business partnerships and helped launch products like Facebook Live, Instant Articles, and Instagram Stories, as well as introducing Mark Zuckerberg to Nollywood.

– At YouTube, she ran business partnerships for Africa, deal making with telecoms, broadcasters, record labels, sport leagues, production companies and independent creators to grow a mobile user base of millions. She led go-to-market for the YouTube music app, created and ran a short film festival, produced Eliud Kipchoge’s landmark 1:59 marathon run, and broadcast the NBA Finals live across the continent.

Outside of work she is a writing tutor and tennis player, a member of the African Leadership Network, a Yale World Fellow, and a licensed attorney in the state of New York.

 

Femi Oyeniran

Filmmaker | United Kingdom

Femi Oyeniran is an award-winning actor and filmmaker. Born in Nigeria, moving to the UK at the age of 10, he starred in the iconic British film Kidulthood at 17 before completing a law degree at the London School of Economics. 

His acting career has seen him star in Adulthood as well as comedy Anuvahood. Other credits include Absolutely FabulousTaking StockDemons Never Die and more. 

In 2013, he wrote, directed and produced feature film It’s A Lot. His next film THE INTENT, was released to unprecedented success. It was followed by a prequel THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP, which picked up “Best Film” at the MVisa awards as well as three awards at the National Film Awards. Both films have gone on to gain a global audience on Netflix. 

He was also tapped by Idris Elba to write an episode of his Netflix Original series Turn Up Charlie. He also has a producer credit on Sky Atlantic series Tin Star, which stars Tim Roth. He also directed a block of Comedy Central’s Drunk History: Black Stories as well as BET’s first UK-originated idea The Culture Capsule. 

Femi’s production company Silver Streak Films released the short film Against All Odds and relaunched classic music channel Channel U in conjunction with Motown Records UK, in late 2020. The company is currently in post-production on a feature film Trapping.

Jackie Motsepe

Chairperson, KZNFC | South Africa

Up from the role of Chief Operations Officer of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission in South Africa, Jackie has lived and breathed the promotion of the region. Ever the marketer, Jackie, a powerhouse of a woman who grew up as the daughter of anti-Apartheid activists living in the UK, Brussels and Algeria, Jacqueline Motsepe is a force to be reckoned with. After studying Sociology and Psychology in Sutherland in 1989, her early career years are peppered with anti-Apartheid campaigns and steeped in South Africa’s early political movements. This includes assisting in the promotion of the Release Mandela Campaign and working with the victims of Apartheid laws and political prisoners through the International Defence and Aid Fund in the UK. She’s even served as a Personal Assistant to the Chief Representative of the African National Congress. Since her return to South Africa, Motsepe has built a career spanning over 15 years in film, broadcasting and marketing. Her accolades in the media include overall Co-Chair of the South African Film and Television Awards, President of the Jury for Films and Television at the Pan African Film Festival (FESPACO), and Head of Jury for Feature Films at AFRIFF in Nigeria.

Jackie, as she’s better known amongst her peers, played an integral part in the inception and early growth of the National Film and Video Foundation, where she was responsible for the formulation of marketing, communications and stakeholder strategies. She’s had several stints with the South African Broadcasting Corporation over the years, including GM of Acquisition for International Content for three stations, and through her work there has developed a co-production strategy for the public broadcaster. She’s even worked with the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa to formalise and manage their marketing department.

Sheriff Awad

Film Curator | Egypt

Born in Cairo, Sherif Awad is an art/film/video curator who worked as a programmer, communications attaché and editor of film publications since 1993 in both Cairo and Alexandria Film Festivals.

Between 1993 and 2000, Awad was Marketing Manager in the Egyptian regional offices of Fox/Warner and UIP. In the last few years, he also curated Arab and foreign film/video programs in several European countries including Italy, Sweden and Ireland as well as in the Egyptian Contemporary Art Gallery Darb 1718. In addition to his contribution to several specialized publications, he was Chief Editor of both The Ticket Entertainment Magazine and the art journal Contemporary Practices. He is currently holding the

position of the Film/Art Editor of Egypt Today Magazine, the leading English published monthly magazine in Egypt. He is also writer/producer for film/art TV shows on satellite channels

broadcasting in the Middle East area including the weekly program Cinemascope airing on Dream TV. In the last few years, Awad has covered international festivals like Berlin, Cannes, Istanbul, Taormina, Rome, Dubai, Oran and Tribeca for both TV and Publications.

Awad is the current curator of both Sharm El-Sheikh Afro-Asian film festival and Aswan International Women Film Festival.

Tarina Patel

Actor | South Africa

Tarina is an accomplished and celebrated actor, philanthropist, business woman, fashionista and soon to be author.

 She is determined and strong willed enough to make whatever she sets her mind to into reality. She wears multiple hats in a way very few can, from producing films to acting to designing luxury accessories to establishing a foundation to empower the most marginalized in society by ensuring access to otherwise unattainable medical surgeries.

 She is an empowered, strong woman blessed with the vision and fortitude to strive for a better community

Kenneth Gyang

Filmmaker | Nigeria

Kenneth Gyang has gained international recognition as one of a younger generation of savvy Nigerian filmmakers. His works have appeared at the New York African Film Festival, the Los Angeles Pan-African Film Festival, and the Berlinale Talent Campus. He received backing from the prestigious Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam to produce the postmodernist dark comedy Confusion Na Wa, which went on to win Best Film at the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards and Jury Prize at the Pan African Film Festival in LA. The Lost Cafe (2017), his second feature won the Golden Palm Award for Narrative Feature at the 2018 Mexico International Film Festival as well as the Audience Prize at Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Nigeria.
Oloture (2020), his third feature premiered at the famous Carthage Film Festival. Released worldwide on Netflix, Oloture swiftly became one of the most successful crossover Nigerian titles on the service, creating a buzz and conversation amongst audiences in Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, to name a few.

Kenneth is a 2018 American Film Showcase Fellow at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, a graduate of the prestigious EAVE European Producers Workshop and co-founder of the film production company Cinema Kpatakpata.

CJ Obasi

Filmmaker | Nigeria

C.J. Obasi also known as “Fiery” or “The Fiery One” wrote and directed the feature films OJUJU & O-TOWN, both of which has screened in many festivals, including the Gothenburg Film Festival and Fantasia Film Festival, garnering acclaim from the likes of Screen Anarchy, IndieWire, & The Hollywood Reporter. He received the Trailblazer Award at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA). His short film “Hello, Rain” premiered in the International Competition of Oberhausen, and in over 30 festivals like Fantasia Film Festival, where it won the Special Mention of the Jury prize, and the BFI London Film Festival where it was nominated for the Short Film Award. His anthology film with the Surreal16 Collective JUJU Stories won the Boccalino Award for Best Film at Locarno Film Festival 2021. Mami Wata, his third feature film, is currently in post-production.