Photo Credit: Lakutshon' Ilanga - Still

Award-winning South African writer and director Phumi Morare has been shortlisted for a BAFTA Student Film Award; selected from 680 phenomenal submissions.


Los Angeles, United States of America (24 May 2021) – South African born writer and director Phumi Morare is currently based in Los Angeles and her proudly South African student film has been shortlisted for a BAFTA Student Film Award.

Phumi is an award-winning short film creator. Her shorts have played at international festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Cyprus International Film Festival and Women of African Descent Film Festival. She received an award for Best Women Short for her project, ‘Home’, from IndieX Film Festival.

Now her student film Lakutshon’ Ilanga (When the Sun Sets) was created while studying at Chapman University. A total of 680 short film submissions were received by the BAFTA Student Awards.

‘Filmmakers on the shortlist will be invited to a series of online events during the next four weeks, including speed networking events with industry guests from BAFTA’s membership, a panels on the subjects of career development, representation, film festival submissions and film markets. All of the filmmakers on the shortlist are given the opportunity to apply for and join BAFTA’s New Talent programs, which includes year-round access to online events.’ – 2021 GSA BAFTA Student Awards

The film focuses on a nurse living in apartheid South Africa and how she moves within her space, trying to protect her family under the constraints of an oppressive regime.

“Congrats to the incredible cast and crew that I had the amazing honour to work with and to bring this story to life with. Thank you to all our community and supporters who’ve journeyed with us, we appreciate you” – Phumi Morare

Take a look at the trailer for the short film below.

Sources: BAFTA / Phumi Morare
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