2023 Orlando Urban Film Festival: Ghanaian Crew Wins Best Short Film Award In US For Their Movie Otokunor

2023 Orlando Urban Film Festival: Ghanaian Crew Wins Best Short Film Award In US For Their Movie Otokunor

  • A Ghanaian crew has won the Best Short Film award at the Orlando Urban Film Festival (OUFF) in Florida, USA
  • Salifu Abdul Hafiz, a crew member and film director, celebrated the extraordinary achievement in a post on social media
  • In an interview, the film director Kwame Kyei Baffour told YEN.com.gh that they intend to use their exposure and network to advance the work of other filmmakers

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A Ghanaian crew has received the Best Short Film award at the just-ended Orlando Urban Film Festival (OUFF) in Florida in the United States of America.

Their thrilling short film titled Otokunor earned them the honour at the prestigious event.

Photos of Salifu Abdul Hafiz and his team.
Ghanaian team wins Best Short Film award at the Orlando Urban Film Festival in US. Photo credit: Salifu Abdul Hafiz.
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A brief look at the short film

Otokunor, a film shot in Jamestown and directed by Kwame Kyei Baffour, premiered at the Independent Shorts Awards on July 23, then in Los Angeles (USA ) before moving on to Orlando, Florida, and other countries, per Graphic Online.

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The short film featured talented casts like Fred Amugi, Prince Larbi, and Mynna Otoo for a compelling screenplay that leaves its audience spellbound. Despite being in the Ga language, it is dubbed in English for many people to comprehend and enjoy it.

Salifu Abdul Hafiz, a crew member and film director, took to social media to celebrate the accomplishment.

''WINNER // BEST SHORT FILM • OUFF - ORLANDO URBAN FILM FESTIVAL in Florida. Thank you @orlandourbanfilmfestival.
''Congratulations to the crew, cast, partners and the lovely people of Ghana,'' he posted with stunning images on his socials.

The Orlando Urban Film Festival (OUFF), is Orlando, Florida's first and only African-American film festival. The OUFF team are business executives with over 20 years of experience and education, exposing talents on a large platform.

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In an exclusive interview with YEN.com.gh about Otokunor, the film director, Kwame Kyei Baffour, said:

''The film targets boy-child education in Ghana. It featured a 10-year-old boy with an ambition to become a medical doctor and professional boxer, but his family wanted him to become a fisherperson,'' he told YEN.com.gh.

Baffour said the team knew they were producing something great but did not expect massive global acceptance.

''We have also been shortlisted for other global awards, such as the British International Film Festival, which recognises the team's work ... It's time we tell our stories as Ghanaians and Africans,'' he said.

He said the crew intends to use their exposure to help young people with a passion for entering the movie sector, saying:

''We won't mind sharing our network with other filmmakers to produce more movies to give Ghana exposure. We'll all be placing the country on the world map.''

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Reactions as Ghanaian team wins award in the US

Online users reached out to celebrate the team for placing Ghana on the world map again.

Salma Sayibu commented:

Masha Allah. Congratulations.

Salifu Abdul Hafiz replied:

Salma Sayibu, Thank you. Sending love and prayers to you all. This is for Jamila.

Erica Johnson said:


Salifu Abdul Hafiz replied:

Erica Johnson, thank you.

SammyDee posted:

We thank God, congratulations.

Salifu Abdul Hafiz replied:

Thank you.

Jay Blu Jay posted:

That's awesome! Congratulations!

Akwasi Wiafe Hama said:

Congratulations, bro. More wins.

Getrich Taofik said:

Congrats, big boss.

Leticia Sedi said:

Congratulations, man.

Samuel Nii Laryea said:

Congratulations, bro.

Dayz Morgan commented:

Congrats, bro.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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