Kiosa Sukami is a BIFA long-listed, award-winning British-Congolese Writer & Director from London. He is known for his cinematic realism approach to film-making and has had works screened at several BAFTA & Oscars® qualifying film festivals.
Kiosa recalls the first time he fell in love with films at a tender age of 7, when he and his family travelled from Kinshasa to the UK to seek asylum from the Second Congo War. To teach him English, his mother would buy him VHS tapes from local car boot sales and he would sit in front of the screen for hours reciting the dialogue from his favourite movies.
Fast-forward a few years later, Kiosa went on to attend the Bournemouth Film School. His graduation film based on police brutality "LONGFIELD DRIVE", starring Chance Perdomo (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Harry Eden (Oliver Twist) and Khali Best (Blue Story), was screened in competition at the London Short Film Festival and the Festival du Cinéma Européen in Lille, France. It went on to premiere online via the UK's leading platform for urban entertainment, GRM Daily.
After a couple of years working in-house at various production companies, he went on to direct his follow-up short film "YOLK", which screened in competition at BAFTA accredited British Urban Film Festival and Bolton Film Festival. It premiered online on one of the fastest-growing independent youth platforms for film in the UK, Million Youth Media, where it achieved over 35,000 views.
Kiosa's latest short film, "A LETTER TO BLACK MEN", is already creating a buzz, having been long-listed for the Best British Short prize at the 2022 British Independent Film Awards and winning Best UK Short at the 2022 Manchester Film Festival. The film is also nominated for the Best UK Short jury prize award at the BAFTA & Oscars® qualifying 30th Raindance Film Festival.
Photo courtesy of Mancheter Film Festival
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
2023 - Nominee: London Critics' Circle Film Awards - British/Irish Short
2022 - Long-list: British Independent Film Awards - Best British Short
2022 - Winner: Manchester Film Festival - Best UK Short
2022 - Nominee: Raindance Film Festival - Best UK Short
2022 - Official Selection: Raindance Film Festival
2022 - Official Selection: Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
2022 - Official Selection: Bolton International Film Festival
2022 - Official Selection: British Urban Film Festival - Best UK Short
2022 - Official Selection: Directors Notes - Short Film Feature
2022 - Official Selection: Cannes Indie Shorts Awards - Best Short
2021 - Official Selection: British Urban Film Festival - Best Short Film
2020 - Official Selection: Bolton Film Festival - Best UK Short
2017 - Official Selection: London Short Film Festival - Best British Short
2017 - Official Selection: Plymouth Film Festival - Best UK Short
2017 - Official Selection: Festival du Cinéma Européen