Kenya
Pre-Jury

​A pre-jury of more than 30 local science education and science communication professionals from the participating countries are closely involved in the selection of the films.

In the region Sub-Sahara Africa the pre-jury in 2020 consisted of the following members:
Miguel Hurst

Angola

Born in the German city of Freiburg, Miguel Hurst has spent most of his life in Luanda and Lisbon. He has headed the “Instituto Angolano de Cinema Audiovisual e Multimédia” for six years and served as the artistic director of the Angolan public TV station (TPA) for three years. The actor, producer director and film school lecturer Miguel Hurst has acted in numerous plays, tv-series and movies both in Angola and Portugal. He is the editor of the foto book about the architecture of angolan movie theatres “Angola Cinemas”.

Miguel Hurst

Actor, Lecturer, Producer, Director

Michel K. Zongo

Burkina Faso

Michel K. Zongo is a director, camera man and a scriptwriter. From 2003 to 2008 he was responsible for the Interactive Debate-Cinema at Cinomade, an association based in Burkina Faso with the objective to create and distribute tools to increase awareness, notably through cinema.
After having worked as cameraman and assistant director for many films and different producers, amongst them Christian Lelong since 2002, Michel wrote and directed his first documentary “Sibi, l’âme du violon” produced by Les Films du Djabadjah in 2010. “Ti-tiimou (Nos sols)” followed, produced by Cinomade. He also started Diam Production with a partner, a structure for documentary film production, that co-produced together with Cinédoc Films Zongo’s full-length documentary “Espoir-Voyage”.

Michel K. Zongo

Director, Cameraman and Scriptwriter

Josiane Ishimwe

Rwanda

Josiane Ishimwe has been involved in different projects to bring fun and engaging STEM subjects to young students. She is the Science Centre coordinator at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village and works hand in hand with trainers to create fun and educative hands-on programmes in order to encourage students to love science and technology. She has a background in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. Since 2018 Josiane has been involved in the Science Film Festival as a pre-jury member for Rwanda, where she also coordinates the Science Film Festival activities since 2018. In the same year, she also coordinated the Goethe-Instutut ‘I Am Science’ project in Rwanda, which aimed to encourage young girls to love STEM and to consider such a career in the future.
In 2019, Josiane was selected to participate in an intensive leadership programme called “TechWomen” in Silicon Valley.  Now she believes in peer mentorship that is well explained with this sentence: “never let go an opportunity to be supported”. Josiane is a mentor of young girls in different secondary schools through Imbuto Foundation, which aims to guide young girls and helps them achieve their goals.

Josiane Ishimwe

Science Center Coordinator, Agahozo Shalom Youth Village

Kombada Mhopjeni

Namibia

Kombada Mhopjeni is the Deputy Director of Geo-Information for the Geological Survey of Namibia (GSN). She has over 16 years’ experience at GSN, including roles in geological mapping, remote sensing and GIS, and the management of geoscience data. Kombada has an MSc in Geology from the University of Western Australia. As the head of Geo-Information, she leads the GSN's efforts for providing more access to geoscience data and information, showcasing the work of GSN and engaging stakeholders. She has wide experience in outreach including engagement in the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE), Geosciences information for teachers (GIFT) and Science Week. Since 2017 she has served as a Science Film Festival juror. 

Kombada Mhopjeni

Deputy Director of Geo-Information, Geological Survey of Namibia (GSN)

Althea Jarvis

South Africa

Althea Jarvis is a television producer with more than 20 years’ experience. She is also a former educator and has always been passionate about how the medium of film and television can be used as an empowerment and educational tool. In her capacity as Commissioning Editor at the South African Broadcasting Corporation, she is at the Editor of some of South Africa’s most beloved TV shows.

The Daily Youth Drama “Skeem Saam” has an average of more than 9 million viewers daily and won the prestigious South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for most Popular Drama in 2016. In 2017, the Doci-reality show, “100% Youth” won the SAFTA for Best Youth Programme. The show focusses on the creative economy and how young entrepreneurs are turning their Creative expressions into a viable business. She is currently doing her Master’s degree in Media Studies at AFDA film School in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Althea Jarvis

Television Producer / Director

Nibret Gashu

Ethiopia

Nibret is a teacher and Vice Director at the School of Indiana in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Born in the town of Finote Selam in Gojjam, Bahir Dar, Nibret was from an early age inspired to pursue a career in education, due in part to the shortage of teachers in his community. Nibret has spent the last decade serving as a teacher in Bahir Dar and Addis Abeba. Since 2010, he is active in a number of community development programmes related with education and sustainabilty such as the Green Movement. He also personally devotes his time to support orphans in Finote Selam, Bahir Dar and Addis Abeba in their persuit of education. Nibret has received his teaching credentials from Finote Selam College and is currently doing his dissertation at the Bahir Dar University.

Nibret Gashu

Teacher and Vice Director, School of Indiana in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia