Finding Diana, a short film created by Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a renowned pan-African organization, has received yet another prize. At the 2023 Summit Creative Awards, the film won bronze in the Public Service Category. Summit International Awards is a non-profit organization established in the United States that focuses on honoring the most creative and original work around the world while maintaining a high quality of evaluation.
This takes the overall number of accolades won by the short film to four. The film earned Gold in the Non-Profit category and Silver in the Entertainment category at the Pitcher Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, in May 2023. Finding Diana was voted the Best Human Rights Film at the Berlin Shorts Award in Germany in March 2023.
Paradigm Initiative, in collaboration with Up In the Sky Films, executive produces the film. Tolulope Ajayi directed the picture, which was produced by Benjamin Adeniran. Ford Foundation, Internews, Internet Society (ISOC) Foundation, Luminate, and the United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) are among the PIN partners who contributed to the film’s development.
The Summit Creative Awards recognize and celebrate extraordinary creativity and innovation across a wide range of media platforms around the world, while advocating and elevating creative brilliance in all its manifestations. It acknowledges and honors individuals and organizations who push the creative envelope, inspire audiences, and contribute to the evolution of the creative landscape. The Pitcher Awards, now in its sixth year, are one of Africa’s most valuable and highly regarded honors. Entries are welcome from any work created, distributed, or implemented on the African continent. Projects developed outside of Africa but intended for implementation or release in Africa are also eligible for consideration.
The Londa yearly digital rights and inclusion report, which provides insight into the situation of digital rights and inclusion in nations across Africa, inspired the short video project. The most recent report includes 24 African countries.
‘Finding Diana’ is one of the organization’s various instruments for highlighting the report and its impact on society and policymaking across the continent.
PIN is glad that ‘Finding Diana’ has received well-deserved recognition. The prize advances the campaign for digital inclusion and the promotion of digital rights in Africa. It, too, believes in the power of storytelling for the greater good.