SVAFF Awards

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Emerging Filmmaker Award


25 year old Yetnayet Bahru has been called “Ethiopia’s Filmmaking Princess” by most of the national newspapers in her homeland.  A Computer Science graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Ms. Bahru ventured into filmmaking because as she says “it will be a vehicle for positive change” and so at age 23, without any formal training in film; she wrote, produced and directed her first feature film “Aldewolem / He Didn’t call”. 

Aldewolem immediately caught the attention of film enthusiasts for its honesty and artistic style and soon Ms. Bahru found herself on the film festival circuit and nominations poured in. In 2009 she became the youngest and first female filmmaker to be nominated in four categories, including best director and best writer at the Ethiopia International Film Festival.

Following her success with Aldewolem, Ms. Bahru was offered a scholarship to study film at the Imagine Film Institute in Burkina Faso.

At Imagine, Bahru worked with and received mentoring from great filmmakers like Gaston Kabore, John Lvoff, Fernand Damsereau, and Bertrand Lenclos.  She has since produced and directed several music videos, short films and newsreels for television. Ms. Bahru continues to study and work and is currently in pre-production for her next feature film.

The 2010 Silicon Valley African Film Festival is proud of Ms. Bahru’s accomplishment and her unique ability to uplift and project Africa through her lens.  Her film “Aldewolem” will screen as the closing film of the festival on Sunday, October 24 at 4:00 PM with Ms. Bahru in attendance for a post-screening dialogue.  In recognition of her proven excellence and commitment to the art of film and her undisputed status as one of Africa’s rising stars of filmmaking, we are honored to present her with our inaugural “Emerging Filmmaker Award”.

Sunday, October 24, 2010    4:00 PM    Screening of “Aldewolem / He Didn’t Call”    
7:00 PM    Closing / Awards Ceremony

Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center
230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040

Silicon Valley African Film Festival 2010
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