Olive Nwosu

Screenwriter / Director

London, United Kingdom

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olive Nwosu is a BAFTA Pigott 2020 Scholar, Alex Sichel Fellow at Columbia University School of the Arts, and one of four ‘African Promises’ directors selected by the Institut Français.

Olive has written and directed two award-winning short films.

TROUBLEMAKER (2019), set in eastern Nigeria and featuring entirely non-actors, played in over 20 film festivals worldwide. The film received a 2020 National Board of Review Student Award, was nominated for ‘Best Short Film’ at Raindance, and toured France as a collection of African films curated by Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival. The film is distributed by Dedza Films and Kino Lorber and is now streaming on the Criterion Channel.

Olive’s second film, EGÚNGÚN (MASQUERADE) (2021) was commissioned by the British Council and British Film Institute for their MoreFilms4Freedom programme. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was nominated for ‘Best British Short Film’ by BIFA, won the ‘Best Short Film’ Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival and was selected at Sundance. It is represented by Ouat Media.

Olive is in development of her first feature film with Film4.

She has taught screenwriting at Columbia University and Sundance Collab.

Her work is informed by the intersectional nature of her life experiences across multiple identities and continents.