Osei Owusu Banahene is a self-taught, passionate, Independent Documentary Filmmaker from Ghana who is now based in Australia. He has 10 years’ experience working with a number of production companies, television networks and on movie sets in Ghana – producing, directing, editing and as a cinematographer on a number of works. With a career and list of clients that include Ohene Media, Capital TV (Ghana), Fiesta TV (Ghana), Infocos Pictures, Bigfoot Media, Puma, BBC horizon, Google Ghana, Twofour Digital and Bella Najia to name a few. He’s worked on a number of film sets in Ghana, of which his most recent award winning International film feature was Beasts of No Nation, as one of the Production Coordinators.
As a music video director/editor and cinematographer for over 40 music videos, Osei worked with a number of high profile Ghanaian musicians of the likes of OJ, Daughters of Glorious, Ohemaa Mercy, Bernice Offie, Richie, Asem, Okyeame Kwame, and Obrafour.
As an independent filmmaker, he has shown self-directed/produced documentary films at various prominent International Film Festivals in Africa and currently is the only Shutterstock contributor for Ghana.
In 2013, he contested in the Shutterstock Stories competition and emerged as a finalist. In that same year, Osei’s first documentary “Alligator Kids” made a massive impact online and brought help to the three children who featured in his film suffering from the disease Lamellar Ichthyosis (commonly known as Alligator skin) and whose lives were also in danger. Later in 2015, he participated in the Berlinarn Talent Durban, People to People Documentary Conference in South Africa and African International Film Festival in Nigeria, where he won a Ford Scholarship to attend a short course in Documentary film making at the Montana State University in 2016, for his outstanding performance at this festival. His 2016 documentary feature film “Where We Belong” was selected to be pitched at the Durban Film Mart 2016 at the Durban International Film Festival 2016, South Africa. His film “Still Kicking” is currently screening at film festivals around the world. This film has also attracted the attention of Aljazeer and New York Times, through brokerage channels.
Osei’s professional goal is to capture and share hidden stories of amazing individuals, nature and important subject matters to the world, through his Documentary films and also creating the atmosphere of a can do attitude with the people he works and collaborates with and to help impact society in a positive and empower way with his craft no matter were he is in the world.
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