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Joel Karekezi

Joel Karekezi

Joel Karekezi graduated in 2008 with a diploma in film directing from Cinecours. In 2009 he attended Maisha Film Lab where he directed his first short film The Pardon, which won the Golden Impala Award at the Amakula Film Festival in Uganda and the 2010 award for Best Short Film at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival. He received a development award from the Göteborg International Film Festival Fund for his first feature film Imbabazi: The Pardon, which is being screened at different festivals around the world, it won the NILE GRAND PRIZE 2014 at Luxor African Film Festival & BEST DIRECTOR at International Images Film Festival For Woman 2014. In 2012 his script The Mercy of the Jungle won the CFI Award for the Most Promising Audiovisual Project at Durban FilmMart, it was selected at Cannes for La Fabrique de cinema du monde 2013, Locarno Open doors 2014 and Atelier Grand Nord in Quebec.