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Bɛnpaali (connoting a new dawn in the Bulsa language of northern Ghana) is a forum for filmmakers between the ages of 15-30 from diverse ethnic, gender, sexual, class, and religious backgrounds to bring to light issues that matter to them, whilst connecting emerging artists with those that are more seasoned. We blend art and scholarship to present innovative storytelling through led by these values:

 

  • We work with and for youth -- their ideas, interests and concerns guide our work.

  • We write ourselves into history through storytelling and uplifting the heritage, art and imagery of Africa and the African Diaspora.

  • We are inclusive, seeking both the participation and representation of people across gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, class and ability identities. 

Bɛnpaali applauds all the artists that enter their films into our festival. During festival workshops and discussions, we encourage and provide experiences to sharpen their storytelling. We also recognise those that have created especially compelling, innovative and fresh work. Trained or self-taught, we appreciate emerging filmmaking craft. Each entry is viewed by a jury of scholars, youth, filmmakers, journalists, and art lovers whose feedback helps us determine the award winners. Rather than give prizes based on first, second or third place, Bɛnpaali Awards are inspired by Ghanaian leaders and pacesetters. We are currently giving out these awards:

Yaa Asantewaa Award for Blazing New Paths

Kwame Nkrumah Award for Visionary Creativity

Theodosia Okoh Award for National Unity

Theme: Home and Away

 

HEAR ME by Michael Anane

Yaa Asantewaa Award for Blazing New Paths

 

enGULFed by Kojo Owiredu Kissi

Theodosia Okoh Award for National Unity

 

CHAMP by Khalid Keith-Pierre Iddisah & Innocent Adjei

Benpaali Choice Award for Creative Fusing of Heritage & Art  

Theme: Native Storytellers: Seen it/Scene It

 

COPING by David Dotse

Yaa Asantewaa Award for Blazing New Paths

 

REALITY CHECK by Caleb Otoo

Theodosia Okoh Award for National Unity

 

BLOOD DECEIT by Omar Owusu

Kwame Nkrumah Award for Visionary Creativity  

Theme: Contemporary Artivism

ROAMING EARTH by Emmanuel Mensah Agyapong

Yaa Asantewaa Award for Blazing New Paths

 

THE WIPER by Judith Yorm Aggor

Theodosia Okoh Award for National Unity

 

NUBUKE by Bismark Adamafio Aryee

Kwame Nkrumah Award for Visionary Creativity

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Theme: Stories That Matter

 

AGORKOLI by Francis Yushau Brown

Yaa Asantewaa Award for Blazing New Paths

 

DEAR VALENTINE by Fiona Worlanyo Ansah

Theodosia Okoh Award for National Unity

 

SOPHIA by Fofo Gavua

Kwame Nkrumah Award for Visionary Creativity