Michelle Bello

Born in 1982 in London, Michelle moved to the United States in 2001 to study Communications (specializing in Visual Media) at the American University in Washington D.C. After graduating in 2005 with her Bachelor’s Degree, Michelle moved back to Nigeria to commence her career in the film industry where she produced and directed her first feature film called Small Boy in 2007. The movie was nominated for two awards at the 2008 American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles. On the home front, Small Boy went on to win two African Movie Academy Awards in April 2009. In 2011, Michelle subsequently returned to the United States and earned a Master’s Degree in Communications, specializing in Film Directing. Her second feature film, Flower Girl, was released in Nigeria in February 2013 and has since won ‘Best African Film’ and ‘Favorite New Nollywood Film’ international awards as well as over 8 African awards and 7 nominations. Flower Girl has been screened in Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Aberdeen and Paris in addition to having premieres in Lagos, Accra and London. Flower Girl became one of the first Nigerian films on Netflix and an inflight entertainment favorite on international airlines. Michelle was personally awarded the prestigious and much coveted Trailblazer Award at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2014 “for her commitment and demonstrated talent, her versatility and potential for cutting-edge approaches to African cinema”. Featured on CNN, BBC, Forbes Africa and France 24, Michelle is the first female Nigerian director to have a UK theatrical release. She is currently consulting in media and entertainment for major multinationals while developing a slate of films set for production from 2020.