Rungano Nyoni

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Rungano Nyoni
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Rungano Nyoni at the Royal Albert Hall, London on February 18, 2018 (Photo credit: Film Africa)
Rungano Nyoni

(1982-05-17) May 17, 1982 (age 42)
Alma materCentral St Martins School of the Arts
Years active2009–present
Parent(s)Thomas Nyoni Merill Mutale

Rungano Nyoni (born May 17, 1982) is a Zambian-Welsh director and screenwriter best know for film I Am Not a Witch[2][3] which was directed and written herself in her feature debut film. Her first film, The List , won a BAFTA Cymru in 2010.[4]


Born in Zambia, she emigrated to Wales at the age of nine. A graduate of the University of Arts in London, she directed several short films ( The List , Mwansa the Great , Listen ), which won her awards and welcome criticism. Listen ( Kuuntele ) receives the Best Short Film Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015.[5] Her first feature length fiction,[6]I Am Not A Witch,[7]was selected at the Directors' Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival 2017.[8][9] This film earned her the Best Director and Best Director Award for a first film at the 20th British Independent Film Awards 2017.


Director / Writer / Producer

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2009 20 Questions Yes Short
2010 The List Yes Yes
2012 Africa First: Volume Two Yes Yes Short film; seg. Mwansa the Great
The Mass of Men Yes Short film
Mwansa the Great Yes Yes Short film
2013 Z1 Yes Short film
2014 Listen Yes Yes Short film
2014 Nordic Factory Yes
2017 I Am Not a Witch Yes Yes


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Sarah Jane Adventures Secretary
2011 Secrecy Lucy
2010 Iron Doors


Awards and nominations for Rungano Nyoni
Award Subject Nominee Result
BAFTA BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Rungano Nyoni Won[10]
Adelaide Film Festival International Feature Film Award Rungano Nyoni Won
Foxtel Movies International Award Rungano Nyoni Won
AFI Fest Audience Award Rungano Nyoni Nominated
Africa International Film Festival Best Feature Film Rungano Nyoni Won
Mumbai Film Festival Special Mention Rungano Nyoni Won
British Independent Film Awards 2017 Best Director Rungano Nyoni Won
Breakthrough Producer Emily Morgan Won
Douglas Hickox Award Rungano Nyoni Won
Best British Independent Film Nominated
Best Actress Maggie Mulubwa Nominated
Best Screenplay Rungano Nyoni Nominated
Best Debut Screenwriter Rungano Nyoni Nominated
Best Cinematography David Gallego Nominated
Best Costume Design Holly Rebecca Nominated
Best Make Up & Hair Design Julene Paton Nominated
Best Music Matthew James Kelly Nominated
Best Production Design Nathan Parker Nominated
Best Sound Maiken Hansen Nominated
Cannes Film Festival Caméra d'Or Rungano Nyoni Nominated
CPH:PIX New Talent Grand PIX Rungano Nyoni Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best International Film Rungano Nyoni Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker of the Year Rungano Nyoni Nominated
London Film Festival First Feature Competition Rungano Nyoni Nominated
Filmfest München Best Film By An Emerging Director Rungano Nyoni Nominated
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival Best European Fantastic Feature Film Rungano Nyoni Nominated
Stockholm Film Festival Best Directorial Debut Rungano Nyoni Won
Best Film Rungano Nyoni Nominated