A 13 minute-short flick, Deeper Truth, with a theme on religious violence and ethnic tolerance in Nigeria, has earned budding Nigerian filmmaker, Seunmanuel Faleye, an award of Short Film with Best Social Message, at the Real Time Film Festival, 20 Hours Film Challenge Awards.
The award ceremony took place at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on Saturday, March 30, and was put together to honor filmmakers who took part in the RTF, 20-Hour Film Challenge 2018,. a challenge, where filmmakers dare to make a movie in 20 hours, from idea conception to post-production.
Faleye led his team, CRYSTAL, to take part in the challenge, competing with nearly a hundred filmmakers that partook in the challenge. His team beat record time to finish their production in the 18th hour; while a lot of other teams got disqualified for not completing their project in the 20 hour schedule. Deeper Truth bagged the RTF Hourglass Award for Short Film with Best Social Message; while Seunmanuel Faleye received a Medal of Honor for producing Deeper Truth; with members of the team receiving certificates of participation in the challenge.
In his reaction, Faleye eulogized his team's dedication while filming; “To my team of sterling professionals, this is our feat. I raise a glass to you guys!!! The dedication you all brought to bear, earned us this accomplishment. Worthy of mention was Moshood Owonikoko, whose wife was in labor while we were filming; I could tell his mind was at the hospital, with his wife who was about to bear their first child. Yet, we worked all night and day, till the project’s completion. Thankfully there’s a promising baby boy to show for that experience. To Hamzat Barshan, who was always resourceful to think through the creative process of the project, while every member of the team gave this their all, and I am delighted to have worked with you all,’’ he responded.
He dedicated the Award to the memory of Favor Christopher, a member of cast who passed on in January 2019.
“I am specially dedicating this award to the living memory of Favor Christopher, who was part of the cast for Deeper Truth, but the baleful cold hands of death took her away in January. Rest on Favour.”
Deeper Truth stars Bukky Thomas, Abdul Mohammed, Praise Garba, Nike Ayodele, Titilade Adeniran, and Kheomizoner Babalola, and was written by Andrew Simon and Seunmanuel Faleye, directed by Seun Afolabi and cinematographed by Hamzat Barshan.