Ubaka Joseph Ugochukwu

Ubaka Joseph Ugochukwu is an international award-winning film director, whose style of filmmaking has global cinema acceptance. Joseph studied Political science in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Nigeria, had his film training at Media Centre Dakar Senegal and Berlin Talent Campus Germany. In 2000, I made my first short film on Digital Video titled: 'Jungle Justice'. In 2001, I made another short movie on digital video titled: 'Wahala' and in 2004, I made a silence short movie (cinema de expressionism) on digital video titled: 'Dechirure'. I worked as an apprentice and assistant director in feature length film projects shot on 35mm, super 16mm, and 16mm with French crew, German crew and Senegalese crew and have shot several TV commercials both as a model and assistant director. In 2009, I made my first feature length titled: “Trapped Dream” on SD with funding from Image Afrique (department of French foreign ministry France), Goteborg International Film Festival Fund Sweden and The Global Film Initiatives San Francisco USA. Trapped Dream screened in more than 9 international film festivals both in Africa, Europe and Americas. The world Premiere of Trapped Dream held during Goteborg International film festival Sweden 2009, followed by other screenings both in official competition and Panorama, Fribourg International film festival Switzerland, Cinematheque D’ Afrique Lausanne Switzerland, Fespaco Bukina Faso, Afrykamera Warsaw Poland, Kenya International Film festival, Cinema De Africano Verona Italy where I won the Special Jury Price Award, Balafon International Film Festival Bari Italy and African Cinema in Trieste Italy. In 2010, I made another feature length film, shot on HD titled Lilies of the Ghetto, with the funding support of Vision Sud Est Switzerland. Lilies of the Ghetto had three nominations in the African Movie Academy Award, screened in Pan African Film Festival (Vues D’Afrique) Montreal Canada, Pan African Cannes France and Cinema Africano del Tarifa Spain, Lumiere Film Festival France etc. I have worked as a hired film director in many Nollywood mainstream movie projects like, “MAMA AFRICA” an ocean movie project and under the first Nollywood film collective we’ve produced another feature length shot on HD entitled, “SISTER DAUGHTER” still in post-production. In 2014, I participated in 'EAVE' a Coproduction Master-class Film Training program with Goethe Institute and did worked as a freelance director for other indigenous film production companies. In 2015, I directed three feature length for MNET 'AMOF' titles: Truthful Lies, Payback is a Woman and Blind steal. The same year I Produced and Directed “The Missing God” and “The Mysteries of The Holy Mass” both are feature Length on digital UHD. The Missing God was nominated for best Igbo language film, at the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Award 2016 (AMVCA), Selected in Official Competition at the Luxor African Film Festival Egypt 2016, Selected in Official Competition at the Cameroon International Film Festival 2016 (CAMIFF), Selected in official Competition and winner of the best film/video by a black filmmaker at the Black International Cinema Berlin 2016, Winner of the Sembene Ousmane Best African Language Movie Award at African Movie Academy Awards 2016 (AMAA) and Selected in official competition at the ARUSHA International Film Festival Caribbean 2016.