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Indie Producer's Film is Shortlisted for an Academy Award!

Actress Zikhona Bali on the set of "Lakutshon' Ilanga" aka "When the Sun Sets"

It's an amazing success story about an independent filmmaker who could win an Oscar shortly after graduating from college.

Indie filmmaker Christine Cho is a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. After graduation, she moved on to Chapman University outside of Los Angeles where she earned a Master's in producing. It's there that she met Phumi Morare, the writer and director of the short film, "Lakutshon' Ilanga" or "When the Sun Sets."

I See You Awards Founder Terri Lee Chandler had the opportunity to speak with Cho. Their conversation is the subject of Terri's latest podcast, which you can listen to in this episode of Terri Talks Movies.

Editor's Note: I See You Awards® Founder Terri Lee Chandler is the film critic for WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit and a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), the largest film critics group in the U.S. and Canada; the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), SAG-AFTRA and the National Association of Black Journalists.


Our Mission

Our mission at the I See You Awards® is to recognize and reward the accomplishments of independent filmmakers. Are you one of the next I See You Awards® winners? Now’s the time to submit your project(s) in order to find out! The call for submissions into the 6th Annual I See You Awards® is now open! Submissions are accepted in the following categories: Short Films/Webisodes/Music Videos, Feature Films, Documentary Films (short and feature-length) and Screenplays.

Also, for the first time, we added a category just for filmmakers who enjoy making movies on their cell phones or other smart devices! It’s our Cell Phone Video Challenge! Short films (up to 30 minutes in length) that were made using a smart device are eligible to submit.

You can get more information and the link to submit here:

The regular submission deadline is February 25, 2022, so don't delay!


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