The AFRIFF 2019 Jury
Betty Sulty-Johnson has a wide experience in sales, project management, TV and film distribution.
She obtained a Master of Sciences in Law, Economics, distribution and sales in the TV and film industry at INA-Paris 1 LA SORBONNE. She spent 10 years in the UK where she co-founded and managed the very 1st Film Festival celebrating Black Women in front and behind the lens from 2005 to 2009, « Images of Black Women Film Festival in London ». With the support of the UK Film Council, the Festival had the privilege of discovering and financing new short film directors. Alongside her involment in the film festival, she worked 11 years in management consulting for several British and American consulting companies as a Business Development Manager.
Upon returning to France, she worked at France Television Distribution, 100% Distribution and Lagardère Studios in their TV Distribution department. She has joined the global media company TRACE in 2017 where she is currently developping a content distribution label called TRACE Content Distribution specialised in Afro urban content. She is regularly invited to festivals and panels as an expert about content distribution.
Former Presidential candidate, Public Speaker, Film maker, Fixer, Business Coach and Trainer. Victor Okhai is a producer, scriptwriter, director, cinematographer, Fixer, Freelance journalist and logistics provider for major international Film companies and TV networks including BBC, Aljazeera, CNN etc. Co-founder of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria. He has produced and directed several documentaries, movies and television series locally and internationally.
Victor Okhai is also a productivity coach and motivational speaker in great demand around the world. Currently the Director of the International Film and Broadcast Academy Lagos, he is in great demand as a speaker and resource person on film locally and internationally. He has sat on and headed the jury of several local and international film festivals including Cairo international film festival, Fespaco, Schnitt International short film festival etc
A recipient of the prestigious International Visitor’s Programme fellowship of the German Foreign Ministry and President, Lagos German Alumni Association.
Chipo Zhou is the festival manager for the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). She sits on the Short Film Conference Board as the African representative and previously on the Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe Board. She has coordinated the South African Communication Association (SACOMM) conference and worked as a media consultant for DERT-SA, an NGO servicing issues of human rights and education within Southern Africa. Zhou has a keen interest in supporting the inclusion of females within the film industry, resultant from her work at the International Images Film Festival for Women, an organisation she was involved with for 5 years and is currently a member of SWIFT (Sisters Working in Film and Television). She has been a juror at the Bosphorus Film Festival in Turkey, My City Film Project in Cape Town, the Simon Sabela Awards in Durban and adjudicates student projects for graduation year film students at AFDA: The School for the Creative Economy. Zhou, has been on several panels at different festivals, both in South Africa and internationally discussing the state of African film. She has also been on the Talents Durban and Realness Projects selection panels.
Zik Zulu Okafor
Writer and Producer, Zik Zulu Okafor is a winner of the Nigeria Media Merit Awards in Journalism and many distinctions in film and Television. He is the producer of the seminal TV series, Heaven’s Gate and the highly acclaimed Oasis. An undoubted intellectual, and incisive mind, Zik Zulu has delivered fundamental papers on Nollywood and the creative industry in many respectable institutions a locally and internationally. He is an ex-President of the Association of Movie Producers, AMP in Nigeria (Nollywood).
Sierra Leonean-American Filmmaker Nikyatu’s films have screened at festivals nationally and internationally. With a BA from Duke University and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Graduate Film school, she’s earned various awards including NYU’s Spike Lee Fellowship Award, the Princess Grace Narrative film grant and Director’s Guild of America Honorable Mentions, to name a few.
Three of her short films were acquired by and aired on HBO. Her latest film Suicide By Sunlight: a project funded by THROUGH HER LENS and sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel, made its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and is currently touring the festival circuit.
Nikyatu is in development on her first feature film and most recently, made her TV Directing debut with an episode of the original scripted horror anthology: Two Sentence Horror Stories, which premiered on CW Sept 2019. She is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Film & Video department at George Mason University where she teaches Screenwriting and Directing.
Don Edkins is a South African documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape Town. He has produced various documentary film projects that have been broadcast around the world, such as Steps for the Future, Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? earning multiple international awards including an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side, and the Special Teddy Award at the 63rd Berlinale for Steps for the Future. The Peabody awarded Why Poverty? project, with documentary films from 21 countries, was screened globally by 70 broadcasters. He is Executive Producer of AfriDocs, a free-to-view VOD platform and broadcast strand across Africa that screens the best African and international documentary films. Currently he is producing a new documentary film project with African filmmakers across the continent – Generation Africa. He has co-authored a book on documentary filmmaking, Steps by Steps.
MWALAKHA M. MUNIAFU, also known as VICTOR MUNIAFU, is the current Ag. Chief Officer, Tourism and Culture, also the Chief Executive Officer Machawood Entertainment Board, the Machakos Entertainment Centre for Film, Media, Music and the Arts, and Chairman of the Kenya Film and TV Professional Association (KFTPA), an association that brings together professionals working in the film and TV industry.
a freelance Location Fixer/Cast Co-ordinator/ Transport Manager and Production Manager in the Film Industry. Mr. Muniafu has worked as a fixer on several documentaries for Zuku Sports/Setanta Africa, BBC/Comic Relief, SBS Dateline, Half The Sky and many more in Kenya and the greater East African region. He has worked as a Production Manager, Casting Director, Cast Extras co-ordinator, Location Co-ordinator/ Manager and Transport Captain/ Manager on various TV Commercials, Films and TV.
Tope Oshin is a multiple award-winning motion picture professional with feet firmly rooted in both film and TV having extensive credits in both areas. She is a director first, then producer and casting director who studied Theatre Arts, T.V & Film Production from the Lagos State University, Nigeria, and then studied Filmmaking Techniques & Methodologies at Colorado Film School, USA. Tope Oshin is named severally as one of the top 5 directors in Nigeria, having directed 2 of the top 10 grossing movies in Nigeria in 2018, is a multiple award-winning filmmaker, who has directed up to 7000 hours of TV and Film. Tope describes herself as a Film Artist and she’s devoted to changing the world, “one frame at a time”