AYENY T. STEVEDirector
AYENY T. STEVEWriter
AYENY T. STEVEProducer
ACHURA E. FREDRICKSOUND RECORDIST
ACHURA E. FREDRICKPRODUCTION MANAGER
Runtime:20 minutes 18 seconds
Production Budget:3,000 USD
Country of Origin:Uganda
Country of Filming:Uganda
Ayeny T. Steve born as Ayeny Thompson Steven is a Ugandan filmmaker with a photographic eye towards film making and life majoring in producing, writing and Directing. He also possesses other skills in photography, cinematography, Film editing, Acting and singing, among others. He is also a film making mentored a number of upcoming and already established film makers and actors in Uganda.
In 2007 he formerly initiated Atonga Media foundation and registered it in 2009 as Atonga Entertainment, and has been a multifaceted full-service entertainment and media production company based in Kampala, Uganda that specializes in producing audio-visual content in various dimensions for Film, TV, Online and other platforms as well as using film to rehabilitate and promote talent development.
He is the Best Film Director award winner of Pearl International Film Festival 2016 for his film “The Ring” and a Best Film Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Best Production Design, Best Costume Make up, during the Pearl International Film Festival 2018.
He is also award winner of Riverwood Academy Awards 2015 in the category of Best East African Feature Film.
He has also won various awards at Amakula International Film Festival, Zanzibar International Film Festival, and many other recognitions.
Born and raised in Lira, Uganda, April, 26th,1985, he began his career as a musician, and graduated to acting, screenwriting, producing and directing starting the yeas 2007 till to date.
He has worked with several companies both local and international like BBC, USAID as a screenwriter, producer, director, film consultant, production assistant, sound recordist, cinematographer, editor and more as his work has been aired on BBC, Aljazeera, Africa Magic, Chanel4 London, NTV Uganda among others
With great passion for film making, he was introduced to the film-making world when he joined the Production Uganda Television Institute which sky rocket his career as he acquired more knowledge about the art.
During the year 2009, he filed and directed Cassava dream, a documentary about a peasant lady who built a school in Northern Uganda during the war using the finance she acquired from the sale of her cassava. The documentary got the world’s attention and donors came in to support the school with whatever they could offer.
During the years of 2009 to 2013, he worked with British Broadcasting Corporation where he did a number of documentaries like “BBC Panorama (Hunt for LRA Kony)” focusing on stories of war in Northern Uganda and the hunt for LRA leader Joseph Kony where he was Research Assistant, “BBC Three (World’s worst place to be gay)” a documentary where he worked as cinematographer, fixer and research Assistant which told the stories of how gay people were treated in Uganda. Some of his other work with BBC include “INSIGHT NEWTV London (The African Taboo)”, and “BBC Current Affairs (Child Sacrifice in Uganda)”
By 2010, he had started exploring further into film making producing short films like Mocking Bird; a film about orphans crying for help, Can I; a film which portrays the intelligence of the deaf people and My Land; which depicted the cry of women in Africa who are looked at as minority and voiceless.
By late 2010, he embarked onto feature film projects as a writer, actor, producer and director of the feature film titled "Webye (Politics)" which happened to be his first feature directorial debut that was supported by European Union.
Early 2013, he acted and directed the award winning movie “Plan B”, a feature film where he portrayed the life of a boy from humble background who was sent to a good school to empower him and support the family but things didn’t turn out as expected. The movie won……
By 2016, he acted and directed in the feature film “The Ring”, an educative movie which was about the spread of HIV and sexual network in family
In the year 2018, he was featured in a biopic feature film “27 guns" a movie portraying the liberation war of National Resistance Army and their leader the current president of Uganda H.E Yuweri Kaguta Museveni where he acted as “General Oketa”
And in 2018, he released a feature film “Kony: Order from Above”, a movie he produced and directed and acted as “Otti”. The movie told Kony’s story from a different angle of Love.
Currently, he is working on a projects “Kampala TV series, Vale of Tears, Beautiful Ashes, and Amitam” yet to be released on National TV station UBC TV
Until the Lion starts to tell its own story, the hunter will always be glorified