Kibwe Tavares

Kibwe Tavares initially trained as an architect, graduating in 2011 from the Bartlett School of Architecture. His thesis was an animated film called Robots of Brixton. The short went on to win the Special Jury Award for Animation Direction at Sundance 2012. Kibwe was then cited as one of Fast Company’s ‘100 Most Creative People in Business 2012’ and was awarded a prestigious TED fellowship. In 2013, with the backing of Film4, Kibwe directed his second short film, Jonah. The short stunningly combines live-action shot on location in Zanzibar, with beautiful visual effects created at Factory Fifteen, Kibwe’s VFX studio. At the CFP-E and SHOTS Young Directors Award, Jonah was awarded both the Special Jury prize and ‘Best Short Film’ – becoming only the sixth recipient in the award’s 15-year history to do the double. He also received the Audience Award, as voted for by the public. Kibwe currently has two features in development; The Kitchen, written by Daniel Kaluuya (GET OUT) and produced by Daniel Emmerson of DMC Film (Michael Fassbender’s production company), and Windrush, produced by DNA. Both projects have received the backing of Film4.

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