Jury Feature

Jury members for BSIFF are chosen with utmost care towards diversity, expertise, passion, integrity and a good appreciation of the Arts, with a specific interest in films. This year's panel have painstakingly gone through each film with the overall goal of the festival in mind, as well as an eye on the utmost elements that will bring the most appreciation from audiences around the world. We present to you BSIFF2017 jury members...

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Helga-Liz Haberfellne


In more than 30 years in the TV industry Helga has won - * A Gold Hugo*A Golden Sheaf*An Honourable Mention at the Yorkton Festival*an Honourable Mention at the Columbus International Film Festival*The Anderson Consulting Award for Information Technology Writing*2 Prix Anik*3 Gemini nominations   *1 Gemini   *countless accolades from her students.

Her experience stretches from researching to writing and budgeting, to directing and producing. She has worked in every aspect of the film and TV industries and has lately turned her skills to high-end corporate films and commercials, as well being a film doctor. Her great passion however, is making long format science and social science documentaries. She has worked on shows like Wonderstruck, Man AliveThe Good Sex Guide, The Nature of Things, Sesame Street, Midday, The Body: Inside Stories, Things That Move and The Daily Planet. Her independently produced films have been shown on Discovery Canada, The Life Network, Canal Plus, the CBC, Radio Canada , and CTV, and have appeared in the USA, England, Turkey, Australia, Germany, France and Japan. One of her shows, The Child That You Do Have, was selected by Discovery Canada to kick off the Canadian Discovery Channel at Hot Docs ‘96.

She also has extensive teaching experience at both the community college and university levels. She teaches courses in visual language, film aesthetics, filmmaking, documentary production, editing, cinematography, storytelling, media writing, editing concepts, production budgeting, and information and communication theory.

Helga has been associated with U of T’s McLuhan program since 1979, was a fellow of the Beal Institute for Strategic Creativity, is one of the founders of the Media Ecology Association North, and is one of the executive directors of the McLuhan Legacy Network whose goal it is to further the work of Dr. Herbert Marshall McLuhan.

She is currently at work on a France-Canada coproduction about information and will be making a documentary in Ghana in February


Kwaku Boateng Ankomah

was accepted onto the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) and performed in plays like ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They?’ with the NYT in 2000 at the Apollo Theatre in Shaftsbury Avenue. He attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). His professional acting career has seen him in acclaimed and award winning theatre productions taking him on world tours, to West End productions. He has worked in TV and Film in the UK, Ghana and around the globe, on films such as Warner Brothers’ ‘Batman Begins’, Beasts of No Nation, Ultimate Force, Cargo, The Cursed Ones, and more.

Upon moving to Ghana, he set up K. Boateng Academy of performing Arts, a vocational training centre for students 18+ to learn the art of screen and theatre acting, using method acting approaches and techniques. He went on to establish the Aim Higher corporate training programme, using developmental drama.

Kwaku also runs a handful of creative companies. A drama academy for children Helen O'Grady Drama Academy in Accra, Kasa Mfoni; a creative arts, networking and showcasing organisation for people who work in film and theatre, Academy Talent Management & Casting Agency, (the casting agency that discovered Abraham Attah, and many more quality actors in Ghana. Kwaku is a private acting coach for film and theatre.


Karen Tanoh

is a seasoned Chartered Accountant and a Banker with over twenty-seven years working experience in the Finance and Banking sectors.
She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK with Coopers & Lybrand in Manchester, England. Within the Ecobank Group, she worked in Ghana, Togo, Angola and Sierra Leone and travelled extensively throughout Africa.

 Karen was responsible for establishing Ecobank in Sierra Leone and in Angola and was appointed to the position of Managing
Director of thebank in Sierra Leone and Country Manager in Angola with co-ordinating responsibilities for Lusophone Africa.
As part of her current responsibilities, Karen is a Non Executive Chairman of First Atlantic Bank in
Ghana and also serves on the Board of Directors of a number of other companies.
Karen is fluent in French and in a number of Ghanaian languages, she has a working knowledge of Creole
and Portuguese. In her spare time, she writes historical fiction.
Karen is a passionate flower farmer and believes in the conservation of trees and greenbelts for urban areas. Karen is a founding member of the Brazil Heritage Foundation

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Yaw Boakye

Yaw Boakye started his career in the Advertising industry and later went into the Shipping industry as operations manager of a shipping firm in the 1980s. In 1999, Yaw Boakye was appointed General Manager and producer for Village Communications Ltd. where he produced popular TV programs and documentaries including 'Taxi Driver', 'Games People Play' and 'Distance Learning for Snr. High Schools’. Yaw then went on to set up his own Company, JIGA TECH PRODUCTIONS in 2006. Yaw Boakye has been an international film distributer in Ghana, attending film festivals in L.A. in the U.S.A.  Yaw has been attending the annual AMA AWARDS from 2010 to 2013 in Bayelsa State, Nigeria as a member of the screening college, representing Ghana on the awards executive committee. Yaw is also a member of the Ghana Journalists Association, and the vice president of the Producers’ Guild, and currently the first vice president of Ghana Academy of Film and Television Arts. ( GAFTA)  Yaw was made a member of the jury for Black Star Int. Film Festival in its first year in 2016 and retained in the second year in 2017.

He has a graduate Diploma in Administration and a Certificate in Marketing and is a member of I.P.M.A. (International Professional Managers Association) in London, England.

As a member of the jury of BSIFF, my particular interest lies in the aesthetics of the film and if visual and Sound effects are effectively used to support the story.

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Tuleka Prah

 has been working in Berlin as a freelance filmmaker for the past 9 years, often shooting, editing and producing much of the material herself. She has created and edited works, which have either received awards, been screened at festivals, or have garnered positive reviews from international broadcast media and/or publications.

A recent PhD graduate in Film Studies, Tuleka has also worked as a Film Analysis course lecturer for BA and MA students at Humboldt University of Berlin. For examples of her work, please see: www.youtube.com/user/MyAfricanFoodMap/videos; vimeo.com/tulekaprah ; www.instagram.com/myafricanfoodmap

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Catherine  Engmann

Catherine  Engmann  is  the  Managing  Director  and  Founder  of  Platinum  Corporate  Solutions,  a  Corporate Governance Consulting Firm. She  is  a  Chartered  Secretary  with  18  years  experience  in  corporate  governance, regulatory  compliance,  executive  search,  director  development  and  core  company  secretarial  activities.  

Catherine is  also  experienced  in  managing  corporate  transactions,  including  restructurings  and  acquisitions.  She  is  also  experienced  in  managing  corporate  transactions,  including  restructurings  and  acquisitions.  

Catherine  has  gained  significant  knowledge  in  cross-border  corporate  governance  gained  through  her  experience of  working  at  multinational  listed  companies.    She  has  conducted  numerous  corporate  governance  reviews  and Board  Evaluations  for  various  entities.  Catherine  is  passionate  about  people  and  works  with  Executives,  Senior  Managers,  Professionals  and  Boards  to increase  awareness  and  enhance  leadership  capacity.    Through  one-on-one  or  team  focus  programmes, Catherine  partners  with  Clients  to  identify  solutions  and  agree  outcomes  that  support  the  achievement  of organisational  and  personal  goals.    Her  clients  gain  a  perspective  that  strengthens  their  strategic  thinking, increases  their  leadership  awareness  and  enables  them  to  achieve  their  strategic  objectives.

 Catherine  has  a  degree  in  Biotechnology,  is  a  Chartered  Secretary  (Institute  of  Chartered  Secretaries  and Administrators  in  the  UK  (ICSA))  and  has  an  ICSA  certificate  in  Employee  Share  Plans.     She  is  an  International Speaker  and  a  solution  focused  coach  who  trained  with  Erickson  International  College  based  in  Canada.    She  is also  a  John  Maxwell  Coach,  Trainer  and  Speaker  and  a  Jack  Canfield  Success  Principles  Trainer.