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Olive Nwosu

Olive Nwosu


Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olive Nwosu is a BAFTA 2020 scholar, Alex Sichel Fellow at Columbia University School of the Arts, and one of four ‘African Promises’ directors selected for the Institut Français’ Africa-2020 programme.

TROUBLEMAKER, Olive’s most recent short film – set in rural Nigeria and featuring a cast of entirely non-actors – is currently playing at film festivals around the world. The short received the Best Student Film Prize at Discover Film Festival in London, the Best Shorts Director Prize at Queens World Film Festival in New York, and played as part of the African Perspectives Selection at Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, and at Aspen Shortsfest.

Before enrolling at Columbia, where she is receiving her MFA in Screenwriting, Olive received a BA in Economics and an MSc in Psychology, and worked in banking and advertising.

Olive’s work as a filmmaker is informed by the fragmentary nature of her life experience across multiple continents and identities. Themes typically focus on the place and role of the outsider, and the African, challenging the status quo of whom and what we have grown accustomed to seeing on screen.