MTN, Afrinolly award film makers after judge’s passing

The Afrinolly team with Dumor (second from the left) (image: Afrinolly)

The top three winners in the MTN Afrinolly Short Film Competition have finally been selected. This, after Afrinolly took the decision early this week to postpone the announcement.

The Afrinolly team with Dumor (second from the left) (image: Afrinolly)
The Afrinolly team with Dumor (second from the left) (image: Afrinolly)

After submissions opened for Season 2 of the competition on September 1, 2013, over 400 entries were received from African filmmakers from 16 countries. An international panel of judges in the creative industries, which included Komla Dumor, pruned entries down to the best 10 films in both the Short Film and Documentary categories.

The jury shortlisted 20 entries based on concept and execution. Criteria included the story’s originality and imaginative force, clarity of purpose and its ability to captivate as well as how effectively the filmmaker reflected technical knowledge of acting, editing, sound, lighting, camera work etc.

Online voting was then opened to the public for 12 days to choose their favourite Short Film and Documentary. The following films took the top three positions in both categories. Check out the winning videos at

Short Film:

First Prize ($25,000) – Everything Happens for a Reason by Florian Schott

Second Prize ($10,000) – Crimson – Your Cup of Tea by Daniel Etim Effiong

Third Prize ($5,000) – 10:10 by Gbenga Salu


First Prize ($25,000) – Creative Minds by Victor Okoye

Second Prize ($10,000) – Awele’s Diary by Ronke Ogunmakin

Third Prize ($5,000) – Yellow Fever by Ng’endo Mukii

Other finalists in both categories will receive $500 each. The awards presentation ceremony themed “Lions Rising” will be held in Lagos, Nigeria on 22nd February, 2014.

The Afrinolly Short Film Competition is an initiative of the developers of the Afrinolly mobile app.,  supported by MTN, Cote Ouest Audiovisuel, IREP and the Goethe Institute.

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Staff writer