Izu Ojukwu is a Nigerian filmmaker born and raised in Jos. His training as a filmmaker was giving the starting shot by missionaries who came to town in the early 90s. However he undertook informal tutelage under Dr Hyginus Ekwuazi; the then Director of the Nigerian Film Institute. And he was to spend the following years studying the various aspects of filmmaking entirely on his own and in a bid to expand his knowledge of filmmaking, Izu proceeded to the US for a course in directing at Mains Media in Camden Rockport, under the tutelage of Allan Myerson, a renowned American director whose film credit includes, “Police Academy 5” “Friends” , “Miami Vice.
Izu is a passionate filmmaker with unwavering passion for social issues, Izu has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Nigerian film industry over the past twenty years with productions that enjoyed critical acclaim in Nigeria and beyond.
Izu’s Film Credits Include:
- ‘Ichabod – 1993 – DIRECTOR/DP
- ‘Moment of Bitterness (Igbo)– 1996 – DIRECTOR/ DP
- ‘A Home Too Far –1997 (Indian and Nigerian collaboration) – DIRECTOR/ DP • Macijiya ‘The Snake Girl’ (Hausa)– 2000 DIRECTOR
- Across The Niger – 2002 – DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
- Sitanda – 2006 – DIRECTOR
- White Waters – 2008 – DIRECTOR
- ’76 – 2016 (On Netflix) -PRODUCER/DIRECTOR
- ‘Amina – (Coming Soon on Netflix) DIRECTOR
Film Credit includes:
- Best Director, Best Picture, African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)- Sitanda, 2007 • Represented Nigeria at the United Nations Conference On Trade [UNCTAD 2008 “Creative Africa Initiative”] –With film “White Waters”
- Honourable mention at Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival – The Child -2010 • Best Director, Best Picture, African Magic Viewer’s Choice Award – “76” -2016 • Best Director, Best Picture, African International Film Festival – “76” -2016
76 also screened at:
- Institute of African Studies at Columbia University, New York.
- Toronto international film festival, Canada – 2016,
- British Film Institute Bfi London – 2016.
- Palm Spring International Film festival. California – 2017,
- Cascade festival of African Films, Portland, Oregon. – 2018.
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