Abena is a multi-award-winning writer-director with experience working on funded short films for Sky Arts, Creative England, Disney UK and the NFTS. Her 2018 short film, Ladies Day, has screened at some of the most prestigious festivals in the UK and internationally including Outfest LA, Encounters and Raindance. She is a BFI Flare mentee, mentored by Lizzie Francke, and an alumnus of the NFTS Directors Workshop. Alongside BFI Network and The Showroom Cinema she has curated a programme of short films by rising black British filmmakers called New Black Voices. The programme celebrates Black History Month 2019 and a selection of work from some of the most exciting young black British filmmakers working today, of which she is one.
THE GREAT (Hulu, MRC Entertainment)
Director Trainee – Shadowed Ally Pankiw on location during block 4 of
THE BEST IS YET TO COME
NFTS/ Disney UK Directors Workshop
Writer and Director
World Premiere- NFFTY Seattle- October 2019
SHORTFLIX- Creative England Sky Arts
Writer and Director
Screened at: Black Star, LSFF, the Iris Prize (shortlisted for Best British Short 2018), BFI Flare #FiveFilms4Freedom and many more.
Awards: Audience Award (NFFTY Seattle), Best Young Director (Hebden Bridge Film Festival), Special Mention (Chicago CineYouth).
BFI FILM HUB NORTH SCRIPT LAB
Developed a short film script from concept to finished project
with BFI script executives. Key scenes were performed to a sold
out live audience at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
NEW BLACK VOICES
BFI NETWORK/ THE SHOWROOM CINEMA
New Black Voices, Black History Month 2019.
Curated a programme of six films and Q&As plus a
masterclass from rising black British filmmakers from
around the UK.
SCREEN YORKSHIRE BOOT CAMP
Production training scheme for below the line talent.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, POWER- FEMALE DIRECTORS WORKSHOP
Technical skills workshop at Panavision with hands- on experience of lighting and camera kit.
NFTS Directors Workshop
The National Film and Television School