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SciFi Short Wins Filmaka’s First Prize; Director Receives $5 Million in Funding

refuse.JPGFilmaka has awarded its first annual feature film award to the short scifi thriller And I Refuse to Forget, in which a man’s photographic memory and synaesthesic abilities are put to work for secret government schemes. (The competition’s theme was “The Secret Adventures of….”)

Maybe you haven’t heard of Filmaka, but this is a pretty impressive victory considering the jury is composed of film talents such as directors Werner Herzog and Neil LaBute, and actors Bill Pullman and Colin Firth. And the prize is nothing to turn your nose up at either — the winning filmmaker, 21-year-old, Nuru Rimington-Mkali, has won the chance to direct his first feature film and $5 million in funding.

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