Princess Grace Award:
Narrative Graduate Film Scholarship, 2008
Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu's short films have played at festivals nationally and internationally garnering her NYU’s prestigious Spike Lee Fellowship Award, the Princess Grace Narrative film grant and Director’s Guild of America Honorable Mentions to name a few. Three of her shorts were acquired by and aired on HBO. Her feature screenplay Free The Town was one of 12 projects invited to participate in Sundance Institute’s inaugural 2013 Diverse Writers Workshop. Additionally FTT was hand selected for Africa’s most prestigious Film Market, the 2013 Durban Film Mart and one of 5 narrative films selected for Film Independent's Fast Track.
Presently Nikyatu is in development on her feature film FLOWERS, which she co-wrote/co-directed with Yvonne Shirley. The two are touring the festival circuit with the short film rendition of the feature for which they were recently awarded the HBO Short film award.
Flowers, the short film, is currently airing on HBO.
Nikyatu studied narrative filmmaking at New York University’s MFA film program and lives and teaches in New York City.