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Amartei Kobla Armar // Director

Amartei Armar; 2019

Amartei Armar; 2019


A room; styrofoam shells from TV packages; Kente Cloth; an array of Star Wars toys with that classic 1995 “Power of the Force” Millennium Falcon; and his older brother. This was all that Amartei Armar needed to fuel his imaginations and it served to be the beginnings of his journey towards becoming a storyteller through film. 

The product of a Ghanaian father and an American mother, he found topics surrounding identity, immigration, and the human need to feel a sense of belonging both utterly fascinating and conflicting having spent most of his life moving back and forth between the two countries. 

Upon completing his BFA in Film Production at the University of British Columbia, he completed his first film “ARC” which went on to screen successfully at many international festivals. “VAGABONDS”, his first film shot in his “fatherland” Ghana, also went on to screen at several festivals around the world. It’s highest achievement so far was winning the Oscar Qualifying 1st Prize Award in the Short Film World Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival.

In between directing and producing various types of films, he spends his time writing stories of adventure. He is currently based in Accra, Ghana. 

 

Press & Awards

  • Official Selection - Emirates In Flight Entertainment 2019 - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - 6° LIFE AFTER OIL International Film Festival 2019 - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - Real Time International Film Festival 2019 - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - Moyee Short Film Festival 2019 - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - Chennai International Film Festival 2019 - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - Toronto Black Film Festival 2019 - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - Africa International Film Festival 2018 - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - Film Africa London 2018 - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - Montreal International Black Film Festival 2018 - “Vagabonds”

  • 1st Prize - Short Film World Competition (Montreal World Film Festival 2018) - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - Montreal World Film Festival 2018 (*Oscar Qualifying Festival) - “Vagabonds”

  • Film As A Tool For National Development Award (Black Star Int.Film Festival 2018) - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - Black Star Int. Film Festival 2018 - “Vagabonds”

  • Official Selection - International Music Video Underground Film Festival 2017  -  "Too Many Feelings" 

  • Official Selection - Grove Film Festival 2017  -  "Too Many Feelings" 

  • Best Student Short Award - Vancouver Short Film Festival 2016  -  "Arc" 

  • Creators Vancouver Interview 2015

  • Official Selection - Portsmouth International Film Festival 2015  -  "Arc" 

  • Official Selection - New Hampshire Film Festival 2015  -  "Arc"

  • Best Student Production (Nominee) - Leo Awards 2015  -  "Arc" 

  • Official Selection - Greater Cleveland Urban Film Foundation 2015  -  "Arc"

  • Official Selection - Capital City Black Film Festival 2015  -  "Arc"

  • Official Selection - Jozi Film Festival 2015  -  "Arc"

  • Official Selection - Action on Film Festival 2014  -  "Arc"

  • Outstanding Achievement in Directing - U.B.C. POV Film Festival 2014 - "Arc"

  • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography - U.B.C. POV Film Festival 2014 - “Arc”

  • Outstanding Achievement in Editing - U.B.C. POV Film Festival 2014 - “Arc”

  • Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting - U.B.C. POV Film Festival 2014  -  "Arc"