Chibundu Onuzo, novelist turned filmmaker, has been sharing updates on her debut film project on Instagram. And they’ve all be great.
On August 31, the film won the HBO Short Film Competition at the 23rd Annual American Black Film Festival, receiving a $10,000 cash prize. On September 9, Dọlápọ̀ is Fine dominated two award categories at the I Will Tell International Film Festival: Best Short Drama and Best Actress in a Short Drama. These recognition has clearly launched the film into the fall film festival circuit.
On the same day, she shared that they film had been selected for screening at the BFI London Film Festival.
For those who are late to all this, Dọlápọ̀ is Fine is a 15-minute drama co-written, co-produced and composed by Onuzo. The film explores “a young black girl’s relationship with her hair and name, and how it helps her understand who she really is.”
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Also, if you missed it, here is the post where she announced the HBO win with a twirl.
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WE WON!! #DolapoIsFine is the 2020 @hbo @americanblackfilmfestival short film winner!! I can’t believe our very first short film won an award! Swipe left to see our updated IMDB page and then swipe left again to see mine. #writer #producer #composer. Shout out to Director @aguadecocogirl , Producer #MillieMarsh, my co-writer and coproducer @joan.iyiola, @apatan_productions, our lead actress #DoyinAjiboye and every hand that touched this film. Thankful to every single one of them and thankful to God! For my London people, you can still catch the film on the @britishfilminstitute player. Happy Bank Holiday Monday!
Congratulations to Chibundu Onuzo and the production team!