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Rungano Nyoni is a Zambian-Welsh director and screenwriter.

Rungano Nyoni
Producer[not verified in body]
Years active2007–present



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) received the Best Short Film Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015.[3][4] Her first feature length fiction,[5]I Am Not a Witch,[6] was selected at the Directors' Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival 2017.[7][8] This film earned her the Best Director and Best Director Award for a first film at the 20th British Independent Film Awards 2017.

Nyoni is best known for film I Am Not a Witch[9][10] which she wrote and directed. This film won her the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for Outstanding Debut in 2018. The film has also garnered accolades from international film festivals. Her first film, The List, won the Welsh BAFTA Award for Best Short Film.[11]


Director / Writer / ProducerEdit

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


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

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards and nominations for Rungano Nyoni
Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 British Academy Film Awards Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer I Am Not a Witch Won [12]
Adelaide Film Festival International Feature Film Award Won
Foxtel Movies International Award Won
AFI Fest Audience Award Nominated
Africa International Film Festival Best Feature Film Won
Mumbai Film Festival Special Mention Won
British Independent Film Awards Best Director Won
Douglas Hickox Award Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Debut Screenwriter Nominated
Cannes Film Festival Caméra d'Or Nominated
2017 CPH:PIX New Talent Grand PIX I Am Not a Witch Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best International Film Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker of the Year Nominated
London Film Festival First Feature Competition Nominated
Filmfest München Best Film By An Emerging Director Nominated
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival Best European Fantastic Feature Film Nominated
Stockholm Film Festival Best Directorial Debut Won
Bronze horse: Best Film Nominated
2018 Evening Standard British Film Awards Breakthrough of the Year I Am Not a Witch Won [13]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "About Rungano Nyoni". Retrieved 8 March 2018. born in Lusaka, Zambia and grew up in Wales, UK.
  2. ^ Rungabo Nyoni profile Archived 23 February 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Rungano Nyoni" Archived 27 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine, AfricaCulture
  4. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (23 April 2015). "Tribeca Film Festival Awards: Complete Winners List". Deadline. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  5. ^ Stars of Tomorrow 2017: Rungano Nyoni (director) Archived 23 February 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ I Am Not a Witch review – straight-faced satire on Zambian witchcraft casts a spell Archived 19 February 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Rungano Nyoni to debut her first feature film, ‘I am not a witch’, at Cannes Film Festival Archived 23 February 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Rungano Nyoni, neither Zambian nor Welsh: Filmmaker", Le Monde, 27 December 2017
  9. ^ Cannes I am not a witch Archived 8 February 2018 at the Wayback Machine CNN
  10. ^ I Am Not a Witch director Rungano Nyoni: ‘The chief Whatsapped his people to find our star’ Archived 23 February 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ ‘I Am Not A Witch’ Helmer Rungano Nyoni Returns To Cannes With Buzzed-About Feature Debut — Cannes Ones To Watch Archived 9 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine Deadline Hollywood
  12. ^ Rungano Nyoni 'outstanding debut' Bafta for I Am Not A Witch Archived 19 February 2018 at the Wayback Machine BBC
  13. ^ Fletcher, Harry (8 February 2018). "Evening Standard British Film Awards 2018: Kristin Scott Thomas crowned". Evening Standard. London.