BA (Hons) Film Practice graduate Ayo Akingbade has been selected for the Sundance Institute Ignite Fellowship 2018, securing a place at the festival and a year-long mentorship with the prestigious institute.
Filmmaker and artist Ayo, who was born and raised in Hackney, experiments with a range of media and combines analogue techniques with digital processes. Her graduate project ‘Tower XYZ‘, which she submitted to the fellowship competing with 800 other applicants, received a Special Mention Award at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and was screened at BFI Southbank.
Ayo began making films as she failed to see ones which spoke to her lived experience. ‘Tower XYZ’ explores themes like gentrification and social cleansing through her own eyes. Through such work, Ayo has been able to express her voice and identity, and establish herself as a successful, young British Nigerian filmmaker.
We got in touch with Ayo to hear about securing the fellowship and her work…