Our Jury

A Jury Chairman along with a team of 10 jurors decided the winners. Awards were distributed on 1st of April, 2018.

OUR JURY

MARTIN MHANDO

Jury Chairman

Assoc. Professor Martin Mhando is a research Fellow in Murdoch University, Western Australia.He is a well-known film critic and also holds the position of co-editor of ' The Journal of African Cinemas'. He has also produced and directed many award-winning films, both fiction and documentaries.

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PHAD MUTUMBA

Jury Member

Phad Mutumba is Ugandan by birth but has settled down in Canada. He has graduated from The National Film & Television School, UK. He is a known figure in the film industry for his contributions as Content creator, Filmmaker, Writer, Producer & Director. He is the CEO and founder of Nile's Diaspora International Film Festival in Uganda.

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IMAN LAPIA MANI

Jury Member

Nationality – Burundi Professional with over 15 years of international experience in the field of film making and production in Burundi. Burundi's most active and passionate producers Education from Kenya & South Africa

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ISSA MBURA

Jury Member

Tanzanian National Pursuing PhD in Theatre Arts Masters of Arts- Theatre Arts Worked as Assistant Lecturer at University of Dar es Salaam, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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RICHARD SEVERINE NDUNGURU

Jury Member

Tanzanian National Instructor, University of Dar es Salam Specialization – Film & Media Studies Over 25 years of experience in Film & Television Industry. Jury member – Various film festivals

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DR. MONA NGUSEKELA MWAKALINGA

Jury Member

Nationality – Tanzanian Lecturer of Film and Media Studies at the Department of Creative Arts of the University of Dar es Salaam. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and a Masters of Arts in Theatre and Film

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NINA MNAYA

Jury Member

Tanzanian National Completed her Studies at City Varsity in Cape Town, South Africa. Worked on various film and TV projects through her film company Produced various diverse TV, Film and Radio programs

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Dr. Vicensia Shule

Jury Member

Tanzanian National; Film maker and creative artist; Produced and participated in Feature Films, Documentaries, Television and Radio Drama programs Bachelor degree in Theatre and Master Degrees in Theatre and Film.

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POUPOUNE SESONGA

Jury Member

Poupoune Sesonga is an upcoming award winning filmmaker from Rwanda. She was trained under the Maisha Lab program where she produced her first film ' ivuto' which won different international film awards including the SIGNIS award at the ZIFF 2013. The film was also selected in festivals like "Tampere film festival"

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PENINA MLAMA

Jury Member

Penina Mlama currently holds the position of ' Professor of the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Professorial Chair in Pan African Studies' of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. A long - serving Professor of Creative Arts, she has also held various positions in the same University, including Head of Department,

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DR. OMAR A ADAM

Jury Member

Nationality – Tanzanian PhD in Swahili Literature Executive Secretary, National Arts Council & Censorship Board, Ministry of Youth , Culture , Arts and Sports, Zanzibar, Trained musicians and theatrical program for young theater artist.

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REBECCA COREY

Jury Member

Nationality – United States of America Masters in Development Studies Executive Director- Nafasi Art Space Founding Director – Tanzania Heritage Project Strategic Development consultant

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MARY BIRDI

Jury Member

Nationality – Tanzanian Director and Co-Founder of Arusha African Film Festival Master's of Science in Leadership and Pivotal in promoting films in Africa

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MWALIM ALI MWALIMU

Jury Member

Nationality - Tanzanian Profession – Architech Passion – Fiction and Script Writer. Roles till date : EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ZANZIBAR ROADS FUND

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Maria Shabah

Jury Member

Tanzanian Professional Teacher, broadcaster, trainer, participatory research expert, lobbyist and advocate,

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