Participants

Yuhi Amuli

from: Rwanda
email: yuhiamuli@gmail.com

Yuhi Amuli is an African film director, Producer and Screenwriter born in Rwanda. His two first short films ISHABA and AKARWA has been screened and won awards at various film festivals across the globe; in France, Egypt, South Africa and Canada. In 2017, he produced NAMELESS, a feature film written and directed by Mutiganda Wa Nkunda. The film is in post-production. He has just completed his third short film KAZUNGU. He is currently based in Kampala; where he is researching and developing the script for his debut feature film YOHANI.

Sebastian Asuem

from: Ghana
email: asuemsebastian@gmail.com

My name is Sebastian Asuem and I was born on March 22, 1992, in Sege, Ghana. I had a little childhood experience in Ada, the capital of Sege before moving to Bimbilla, Bolgatanga and Navrongo in the northern and upper east region of Ghana where I had my elementary and Junior high school education. I attained my high school education at Sogakofe Senior High School in the Volta region of Ghana from 2009 to 2013.

Currently, I am a level 400 student majoring in Film directing at the National Film and Television Institute, Ghana.

I love to write poems and I also write scripts for short films. My last two productions on which I worked on as the director are “WILL” and “THE AUDITION”. “THE AUDITION“ is one of the films we produced in Germany as part of a short study trip in October 2018. I have also directed two afro pop music videos which is currently airing on National Television. I am passionate about filmmaking and always ready to learn more and sharpen my skills. I hope to impact and inspire people with my creativity.

Naëmi Büchtemann

from: Germany
email: naemi.buechtemann@gmail.com

Before Naëmi started her studies at the German Film and Television Academy of Berlin, she studied Contemporary Dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, in Leeds, United Kingdom and worked as a dancer. She afterwards started studying film theory at the Free University of Berlin and worked as an Assistant Director on several feature length films, as well as having realized several short film productions herself. She worked as a production assistant for a production company in Berlin and worked as an assistant for Australian filmmaker Robert Marchand in Character based Improvisation Workshops (CBI) for Actors and Directors.

She is now studying in the third year at the German Film Academy where she is specialized in directing and realized several short films within her studies. She will be a Sundance Ignite Fellow as part of the Sundance Film Festival in the beginning of 2019.

Jacob Hauptmann

from: Germany
email: jacob.hauptmann@gmail.com

Born in Berlin in 1986 Jacob Hauptmann has studied Philosophy and Area Studies Asian/ Africa before starting the screenwriting course at the German Film and Television Academy at 2015 in Berlin. He worked as an electrician and gaffer for various commercial, TV- and theatrical productions. After writing several short films and developing and writing a webseries (Straight Family), he right now writes his graduation script and develops two other feature projects and a feature length documentary.

Lisa Hürtgen

from: Germany
email: lisa.huertgen.lh@gmail.com

Lisa Hürtgen, 23 directing student at the German Film and Television academy

I grew up at my grandma in Düsseldorf (Germany) until I became 7 years old. Then I moved to my dad to a little village in the west of Germany. As a child I spent my time composing music or writing stories. With a musical, I wrote when I was about 12 years, I took the first step to actually create something for a bigger audience, maybe to that time my audience was bigger than it is now with my films.

As I got a camera I started to shoot short films with my friends taking the leading roles. A complete disaster. Anyway, some very funny „films“ came up in school projects or whenever I saw an opportunity to shoot something. When I went to London after the Abitur, I was in this „I want to do something with films“ kind of periode. There I started a practical filmmaking course and created more funny “films”.

After the course I started to work in a small television company in Köln, Germany. We mainly produced entertaining shows, which was not really my number one thing, but it was good to understand how the television industry works. To that time I applied for the German film and television academy in Berlin. I was lucky to have good friends in London, who helped me shooting my application film and even luckier that I got taken. But not everything depends on luck… Berlin introduced me to the theatre, to expressionistic art, opened my eyes in politics, got me into climbing and starting to play the Cello.

This year it was the first time for me leaving Europe, I travelled through Ghana and finally started fulfilling my goal to travel the world. So there is a lot more to see left and a lot more stories to be told.

Khalid Iddisah

from: Ghana
email: kckorsa@hotmail.com

Khalid Iddisah is a film-maker and a cinephile with a particular interest in the esoterics of visual storytelling. He is knowledgeable in the practical and theoretical aspects of directing, screenwriting, cinematography and editing and has some practical experience with the VFX/3D production pipeline and VFX/3D packages like After Effects, Nuke & Cinema 4D. He is a big fan of Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Denis Villeneuve. A polyglot of the creative arts, he also dabbles in music production, DJing and photography.

Lloyd Lutara

from: Uganda
email: lalutara@gmail.com

Lloyd Lutara tells stories for a living; whether it be on page or on screen. Over the years his prose work has appeared in numerous publications including the The East African, Kalahari Review, The Daily Monitor, Reader’s Cafe Africa and Sooo Many Stories. In 2014 he wrote a short film Happy Anniversary that was produced as a student film at The New York Film Academy. In 2015 he penned several episodes of the last season of the hit Ugandan television series The Hostel, wrote several episodes for as well as directed two seasons of the Ugandan dramedy Five At Home that aired on the African pay TV station FOX LIFE and is currently airing Pearl Magic. In 2016 he co-wrote the first season of the local sitcom Balikoowa in the City which aired on Ugandan television station Spark TV and is currently also airing on Pearl Magic. Later that year he co-directed the music video One for Los Angeles based Ugandan musician Kidepo.

In February 2017 he wrote and directed the short film Phoebe and Hilaeira’s Birthday Reunion. In April, he penned and produced the speculative fiction short film Day 256 which was released online in July of 2017. In October 2017 he served as Art Director for the award winning short film Maraya ‘Ni written and directed by Achiro P. Olwoch. In November his play “A Ghost Story” was given a dramatic reading at the 2017 Kampala International Theater Festival to extremely good reception. 2018 has seen him work on various projects as script doctor, screenwriter and story developer. His play A Ghost Story was staged as a full production at the 2018 Kampala International Theater Festival.

Lloyd is drawn to stories that have elements of the supernatural, science fiction, horror and the psychologically thrilling. He likes to twist the conventions of these genres into new shapes and use them to tell uniquely Ugandan stories.

George Maina Mundi

from: Kenya
email: mainamundi@gmail.com

George Maina Mundi is a Kenyan Writer, Director, Producer, and Web-Series creator.

With over 7 years of professional experience in the television and film industry as a videographer, editor, writer, director and producer, Mundi is now gunning to become a champion to the exciting world of new media as a creator and director.

His journey in TV and Film started in 2009 with Internship at GBS TV in Nairobi, there after venturing into freelancing under various companies and positions. An alumnus of Maisha Film Lab class of 2011, Mundi acted as the Director of Photography for the short film “She Loves Prada”.

Over the years Mundi has directed, shot and worked on video content for such noted companies as Story Moja, Airtel, CTM, Safaricom, Google, Corporate Staffing and many more.

In 2017 Mundi created and wrote a webseries called “Shit Happens”. Shit Happens was critically acclaimed and won first runner’s up at the Rolda Web Festival.

Mundi is now running PembeTatu Media, a Film, TV and Management company in Nairobi Kenya and is looking into creating and producing more scripted content.

Ransford Nii Ayi Aryee

from: Ghana
email: stylesfreegh@gmail.com

My name is Ransford Nii Ayi Aryee and I was born on July 26, 1987, in Accra, Ghana where I grew up. I attained my high school education in Oda at the Oda Senior High School in the Eastern region from 2002 to 2005, took a diploma in business studies at The Institute Of Professional Studies in Accra in 2007 and proceeded with the ICAGH with The Institute of Chattered Accountants Ghana also in Accra Ghana in 2008.

After part 2 of the ICAGH program, I decided to chase my passion in the media and started working for Admix Productions as a TV show host in 2011. I became the producer of the show I I was hosting dubbed Rap City GH in 2013 and continued to produce another show dubbed Men’s World in 2013 for Next Media. For my love for rap, I partnered an event organizing company called GRP where I produced and hosted the first ever Ghaanaian Rap Battle League web content from 2015 till date.

Currently I am a final year student of The National Film and Television Institute studying film directing.

Cecilia Oppong-Badu

from: Ghana
email: ampaafobrakatu@gmail.com

I am Cecilia Oppong-Badu, a final year student of NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION INSTITUTE Ghana. I have worked for TV3 Network Ltd as a Producer/Director 14 years and worked as Sales and Marketing Director for Piccadilly Biscuits. I run my company currently COBVISION INSCAPE LTD.; media production house. I have produced several commercials and documentaries for Samara Group, Galaxy Int. School and many others. I have directed NAFTI students projects which my 3rd year fiction was selected for NWFF Film festival. I am Christian, an open-minded person. I like Jazz and Highlife music.

Isabella Oliveira Parise Kröger

from: Germany
email: isabella.opk@gmail.com

Born 1988 in Göttingen, she grew up both in São Paulo and Bonn. Bachelor and master studies of comparative literatures at the University of Vienna, the Université Aix-Marseille I and the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. From 2014 till 2018 she studied scriptwriting at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. At school she directed a teaser for her thriller series project GREED (working title). Writing for the sci-fi comedy web series ALIENIZE she experienced the writer’s room. 2017 she won a script-competition of the German broadcaster 3sat with the film drama PENTHESILEA which was shown at the International Festival of Hof. Her comedy feature project PANIC IN PARADISE was selected for the masterclass of FFKB 2018, led by Sebastian Andrae. Currently, she is working for a TV series created by Miriam Henseling and Esther Schweins.

Christiana Pokuah Asiedu

from: Ghana
email: pokidash@gmail.com

I am Christiana Pokuah Asiedu, born on the 29th December 1994 (23 years of age). I am a Ghanaian. I am a level 400 student of the NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION INSTITUTE offering a degree in BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS specializing in film directing. I work as a freelancer in Cinematography and Production Management. I work with COBVISION INSCAPE LIMITED as an assistant director. I am a Christian and open minded. I speak English aside my local language and understand a bit of the French language. I try anything new for an experience based on my interest. I like music, making and watching films as well as dancing.

Esteri Tebandeke

from: Uganda
email: esteritebandeke@gmail.com

Esteri Tebandeke is an actress, dancer, storyteller, creative producer and visual artist. She has been an actress since 2008 performing in a variety of theatre and film productions in Uganda and around the world. Her most notable film work was on the Walt Disney Studios production, Queen of Katwe, starring Academy Award winning actress Lupita Ny’ongo and David Oyelowo. Theatre projects have included Conversations with my Mother, which was her first solo performance; Maria Kizito, a play written by Brown University professor, Erik Ehn about the trial of nuns who facilitated the massacre of Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide. She was the lead actress in Cooking Oil, a play by award winning playwright Asiimwe Deborah, which was performed in Uganda and the United States of America. Other theatre roles have included a mentally disturbed psychiatrist in the French/ Ugandan production of The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian War as well as a frustrated wife in The Marriage Chronicles (2015).

Together, Esteri and her husband Samuel are the brains behind Six Guys Productions (a PageSix Management company), an audio-visual production company that is developing a slate of projects in film and television that address characters and stories from the African continent. Bragging Rights, a lifestyle television show is in post-production and Kahawa Black, which Esteri is developing, producing and starring in is a feature film slated to go into production in Oct 2019 are some of the projects that are on the books for her.

Lucas Thiem

from: Germany
email: mail@lucasthiem.com

Lucas Thiem was born in 1991 and made his German Abitur in 2010 in the middle of the countryside. He started studying economic engineering in Berlin in 2012 and oversaw projects at German Aerospace Center, Bertelsmann and various consultancy companies. He’s studying Film Production at German Film and TV School (DFFB) since 2015 and where he showran the German web series STRAIGHT FAMILY (in cooperation with FUNK). He is freelancing as a copywriter, web designer, marketing analyst, process consultant, author, director, editor and production manager and works as a show runner for Youtube advertising campaigns for brands like WESTWORLD (HBO), ASSASSINS CREED (UBISOFT) and FAR CRY (UBISOFT). He won various awards/scholarships for scholastic/university efforts, reportages, short stories, screenplays, poetry slam, short and long feature films.

Joel Tugaineyo

from: Uganda
email: jntugaineyo@gmail.com

Joel Tugaineyo is a Screenwriter/Director from Kampala, Uganda. He began his film career in Nairobi, Kenya where he penned the pilot script for a sci-fi TV series: “USONI” in 2013, which went on to be screened at the “Short Corner” of the 2015, Cannes Film Festival.
After completing his BA in Journalism Joel wrote and directed two more independent films: “Natural Selection” (2013) – screened at the first 48 Hour Film Project in Nairobi, and “Icarus: The Sound of Burning Wings” (2015). Joel returned to Uganda in 2016 and worked as Program Co-ordinator at Maisha Lab until 2017 where he had the opportunity to mentor in screenwriting at a few labs and work as an Assistant Director on the HBO/Maisha Short Documentary: “Ugandan Haven”. Currently, Joel co-produces a film podcast called, “Cinema Red Pill” and works part time as both a Photographer and a Copy Writer.