Columbia Filmmakers Recieve Awards from New York Women in Film & Television

Aisha Amin
February 06, 2023

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) recently announced their 2022 award recipients and two Columbia filmmakers are amongst the winners.

Screenwriting and Directing student Nana Duffuor was chosen to receive the New York Women in Film & Television 2022 Scholarship and Ellie Foumbi ’17 won the NYWIFT Award for Excellence in Narrative Directing for her feature film Our Father the Devil. 

“NYWIFT is proud to expand our festival partnerships to recognize top-tier talent, emerging voices, and the women content creators making waves in narrative and documentary filmmaking," said NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopes. "It is so impressive that these recipients not only completed their films during the pandemic—they excelled in reinventing how films are made during this time.”

As part of her award, Foumbi received a cash prize in addition to a one-year Industry Membership with New York Women in Film & Television.

Duffour was granted a cash scholarship as well as a welcome into the organization’s Next Wave membership program for emerging professionals.

Ellie Foumbi is an actor, writer, and director from Cameroon whose work has screened at Venice, HollyShorts, and Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She received her MFA in Directing from Columbia University. Our Father, The Devil is her first feature film.

Nana Duffuor is a multidisciplinary storyteller and filmmaker of Ghanaian descent, based in New York City. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting/Directing at Columbia University.