Welket Bungué is originally from the Balanta tribe, from Guinea-Bissau (West Coast of Africa). He is a Portuguese-Guinean actor, producer, and film director based in Berlin.
Welket Bungué is originally from the Balanta tribe, was born in Xitole (Guinea-Bissau) on February 7th, 1988. He is a Portuguese-Guinean actor and film director. Welket began his artistic training in 2005. He belongs to the theater companies Rastilho (Lisbon) and Homlet (Beja) where he is also a co-founder. He holds a degree in theater from the Actors branch (ESTC / Lisbon) and a postgraduate degree in Performance (UniRio / Brazil). He is a Permanent Member of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema since 2015, and a member of the Deutsche Filmakademie since 2020. In 2012, he was awarded as "Best Actor" for his performance in 'Mütter'. In 2019 he produced more than six short films such as 'Jah Intervention', 'It's Good To Meet You' or 'Run If You Can, Dance If You Dare' and its films have been screened on several international film festivals such as Africlap (France), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlin), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Fest. or Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. He also directed the short films 'I Am Not Pilatus'(2019), 'Arriaga'(2019) and 'Bastien'(2016) in which he was distinguished with the “Best Actor Award” and “Best First Film Award” by Shortcutz Awards 2017 in Ovar and Viseu (both in Portugal). In 2019 he was awarded with an “Angela Award - On The Road” at the Subtitle Festival in Kilkenny (Ireland), by Richard Cook and Steve Cash. Welket Bungué starred the cast of 'Joaquim', by Marcelo Gomes (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2017), 'Body Electric' (IFFR 2017), 'Kaminey', by Vishaal Bahardwaj, 'Letters From War' (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2016), by Ivo M. Ferreira, and he stars Franz Biberkopf in 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2020), the new film by the Afghan-German director Burhan Qurbani, which lead him to a nomination for the Silver Bear and a nomination as “Best Male Lead” at the LOLA awards of the German Film Academy (Deutscher Filmpreis). Since 2016 he has been working regularly with the Mala Voadora theater company (Portugal). He is a co-founder of Kussa Productions, also a speaker for international brands, he develops Dramatic Writing, Scriptwriting, Performances and Theater. He currently based in Berlin.
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Welket Bungué é de etnia balanta, nasceu em Xitole (Guiné-Bissau) a 7 de Fevereiro de 1988 é ator e realizador guineense-português. Welket iniciou a sua formação artística em 2005. É licenciado em Teatro no ramo de Atores (ESTC/Lisboa) e pós-graduado em Performance (UniRio/RJ). É Membro Permanente da Academia Portuguesa de Cinema desde 2015, e membro da Deutsche Filmakademie desde 2020. Em 2012 foi distinguido com “Prémio de Melhor Ator” pela sua interpretação em 'Mütter'. Em 2019 produziu mais de seis curtas-metragens tais como 'Intervenção Jah', 'É Bom Te Conhecer' ou 'Corre Quem Pode, Dança quem Aguenta' e os seus filmes têm circulado internacionalmente por inúmeros festivais de cinema tais como o Africlap (França), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlim), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Fest. Intl. de Cinema do Rio de Janeiro ou o Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. Welket realizou as curtas-metragens 'Eu Não Sou Pilatus'(2019), 'Arriaga'(2019) e 'Bastien'(2016) no qual foi distinguido com os prémios “Melhor Ator” e “Melhor Primeira Obra” nos prémios Shortcutz 2017 em Viseu e Ovar respetivamente. Ainda em 2019 foi distinguido com o prémio “Angela Award - On The Road” no Subtitle Festival em Kilkenny (Irlanda). Welket Bungué integrou o elenco de 'Joaquim' (Comp. Intl. Berlinale 2017), de Marcelo Gomes, 'Corpo Elétrico' (IFFR 2017), de Marcelo Caetano, 'Kaminey', de Vishaal Bahardwaj, 'Cartas da Guerra' (Comp. Intl. Berlinale 2016), de Ivo M. Ferreira e protagoniza Franz Biberkopf em 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Comp. Intl. Berlinale 2020), o novo filme do realizador afegão-alemão Burhan Qurbani, que lhe valeu uma indicação ao Urso de Prata e uma nomeação como 'Melhor Ator Principal' nos prémios LOLA da Academia Alemã de Cinema (Deutscher Filmpreis). Desde 2016 que trabalha regularmente com a companhia de teatro Mala Voadora (Portugal). É co-fundador da produtora KUSSA, faz locução para entidades internacionais, desenvolve Escrita Dramática, Argumento de Cinema, Performances e Teatro. Atualmente vive em Berlim.
  • Director (8 Credits)
    Lisbon, Podium of Chimeras or (Status Quo Ante Bellum)
    Documentary, Short
    PERIPHERAL WORKOUT
    Experimental, Short
    ARRIAGA2019
    Short
    I AM NOT PILATUS2019
    Documentary, Short
    Jah Intervention2019
    Short
    AGINAL2018
    Short
    BASTIEN2015
    Short
    BUÔN2015
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Writer (8 Credits)
    Lisbon, Podium of Chimeras or (Status Quo Ante Bellum)
    Documentary, Short
    PERIPHERAL WORKOUT
    Experimental, Short
    ARRIAGA2019
    Short
    I AM NOT PILATUS2019
    Documentary, Short
    Jah Intervention2019
    Short
    AGINAL2018
    Short
    BASTIEN2015
    Short
    BUÔN2015
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Producer (7 Credits)
    Lisbon, Podium of Chimeras or (Status Quo Ante Bellum)
    Documentary, Short
    PERIPHERAL WORKOUT
    Experimental, Short
    ARRIAGA2019
    Short
    I AM NOT PILATUS2019
    Documentary, Short
    Jah Intervention2019
    Short
    AGINAL2018
    Short
    BUÔN2015
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Acting (6 Credits)
    Lisbon, Podium of Chimeras or (Status Quo Ante Bellum)
    Documentary, Short
    I AM NOT PILATUS2019
    Documentary, Short
    Jah Intervention2019
    Short
    AGINAL2018
    Short
    BASTIEN2015
    Short
    BUÔN2015
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Editor (1 Credit)
    AGINAL2018
    Short
Official Selection
PERIPHERAL WORKOUT
11th KUGOMA Film Forum Mozambique
Maputo
2020
Official Selection - "Europe Is Not My Center" Section
Jah Intervention
Mostra Curta Diáspora – Of Color Tv
Rio de Janeiro
2020
SPECIAL MENTION Prize
Jah Intervention
Screen.Dance Film Festival 2020 | SPECIAL MENTION Prize
Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
2020
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
Screen.Dance Film Festival 2020
Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
2020
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
17th Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
Colorado
2020
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
8th Choreoscope Intl.l Dance Film Festival Barcelona
Barcelona
2020
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
Moovy Tanzfilmfestival 2020
Köln
2020
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
VI Greensboro Dance Film Festival
Greensboro
2020
“Nomeado” Melhor Curta-Metragem de Ficção
ARRIAGA
Prémios Sophia da Academia Portuguesa de Cinema 2020
Lisboa
2020
Special Selection - Cinemax Section
ARRIAGA
Leiria Film Festival 2020
Leiria
2020
Official Selection - National Competition
ARRIAGA
Shortcutz Ovar 2020
Ovar
2020
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
Urban Audiovisual Festival 2020
Lisboa
2020
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
FCCPLP - Portuguese Speaking Countries Short Film Festival 2020
Montreal
2020
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
REALTIME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Remote Edition 2020
Ikeja
2020
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
IV LEGACY The Film Club Toronto
Toronto
2020
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
II Quibdó África Film Festival
la Yesquita, Quibdó
2020
Special Selection - Cinemax Section
I AM NOT PILATUS
Leiria Film Fest 2020
Leiria
2020
Official Selection
I AM NOT PILATUS
IV Política Film Festival
Lisboa, Braga, Évora
2020
Official Selection
I AM NOT PILATUS
XIV Two Riversides Film and Art Festival
Warsaw
2020
Official Selection - National Competition
I AM NOT PILATUS
Shortcutz Ovar 2020
Ovar
2020
Official Selection
I AM NOT PILATUS
IX MICGénero International Film Festival
Mexico City
2020
Special Selection - Cinemax Section
BASTIEN
Leiria Film Festival 2020
Leiria
2020
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
II Mostra Itinerante de Cinemas Negros - Mahomed Bamba
Salvador da Bahia
2019
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
II Mostra de Cinemas Negros Brasileiros
Curitiba
2019
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
Cine Esquema Novo 2019 - Arte Audiovisual Brasileira
Porto Alegre
2019
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
Lagos Fringe 2019
Lagos
2019
Official Selection
I AM NOT PILATUS
III African Smartphone International Film Festival
Lagos
2019
Official Selection
I AM NOT PILATUS
III Mostra Ousmane Sembène de Cinema
Bahia, Salvador da Bahia
2019
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
Stockholm Dansfilmfestival 2019
Stockholm
2019
Official Selection - International Competition
I AM NOT PILATUS
XVII DocLisboa International Documentary Film Festival
Lisbon
2019
Official Selection - Panorama Carioca
Jah Intervention
XXIX Festival Internacional de Curtas do Rio de Janeiro – Curta Cinema
Rio de Janeiro
2019
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
YMOTION'19 - Festival e Mostra de Cinema Jovem de Famalicão
Famalicão
2019
Official Selection - International Competition
BASTIEN
KUGOMA Mozambique Film Forum 2019
Maputo
2019
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
IV FIORENZO SERRA FILM FESTIVAL
Sassari
2019
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
XIV Afrykamera Festival
Warsaw, Kraków
2019
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
II Mostra Negritude Infinita
Fortaleza
2019
Backstage Spuntino Section
Jah Intervention
Festival CinemaZERO 2019
Trento
2019
Official Selection
Jah Intervention
InShadow - Lisbon Screen Dance Festival'19
Lisbon
2019
Official Selection - International Competition
Jah Intervention
IMAJITARI - International Dance Film Festival'19
Jakarta
2019
KUGOMA Section
ARRIAGA
Plateau - Festival Internacional de Cinema'19
Cidade da Praia
2019
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
AFRIKAMERA 2019
Berlin
2019
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
X KUGOMA Mozambique Film Forum
Maputo
2019
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
XVI FIKE - Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens de Évora
Évora
2019
Official Selection
BUÔN
II Mostra Itinerante de Cinemas Negros - Mohamed Bamba
Salvador da Bahia
2019
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
ANARCHY FILM FESTIVAL 2019
Lisbon
2019
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
Official Selection - Prize António Loja Neves 2019
2019
Official Selection
BUÔN
X KUGOMA Mozambique Film Forum
Maputo
2019
Official Selection
AGINAL
I Mostra de Cinema Português
Lisboa
2019
National Short Film Competition
ARRIAGA
Official Selection - IndieLisboa International Film Festival 2019
Lisbon
2019
Official Selection - International Competition
BASTIEN
28º Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de São Paulo – Mostra de Curtas CPLP curated by the New York & Portuguese Short Film Festival 2017
São Paulo
2017
Official Selection - National Competition
BASTIEN
Avanca Int'l Film Festival 2016
Avanca
2016
Official Selection - International Competition
BASTIEN
10' Encontro de Cinema Negro Zózimo Bulbul 2017
Rio de Janeiro
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN AWARD
ARRIAGA
RTF - Remote Edition 2020 | AWARD WINNER
Official Selection - International Competition
BASTIEN
Espelhos D'África - Mostra de Cinema Africano 2019
Salvador da Bahia
Official Selection - Curated by Arte Institute
BASTIEN
Festival de Curtas-metragens dos Países da Lusofonia 2018
Official Selection - Cinemax Section
BASTIEN
Leiria Film Festival 2018
Leiria
Official Selection - Yafma Competition
BASTIEN
Afrika Filmfestival 2018
Leuven
'BASTIEN' - “Nomeado” Melhor Curta-Metragem de Ficção
BASTIEN
Prémios Sophia da Academia Portuguesa de Cinema 2017
Lisbon
Official Selection - International Competition
BASTIEN
KOVA M Festival - Festival Int'l de Cinema da Cova 2017
Lisbon
Welket Bungué - “Nomeado” Melhor Ator em Curta-Metragem de Ficção
BASTIEN
PRÉMIOS CINEUPHORIA 2017
Official Selection - International Competition
BASTIEN
Africlap Festival des Cinémas d'Afrique de Toulouse 2017
Toulouse
Official Selection
BASTIEN
Shortcutz Lisboa (2017)
Lisbon
Welket Bungué - "Winner" Best Director's First Filme
BASTIEN
The Shortcutz Awards 2017
Ovar
Official Selection
BASTIEN
Shortcutz Ovar (2017)
Ovar
Official Selection
BASTIEN
Shortcutz Viseu (2017)
Viseu
Welket Bungué - "Winner" Best Actor
BASTIEN
The Shortcutz Awards 2017
Viseu
Official Selection
BASTIEN
São Tomé Fest Film 2017
São Tomé
Official Selection
BASTIEN
ZIFF - Zanzibar Int'l Film Festival 2017
Zanzibar
Official Selection - International Competition
BASTIEN
Festival Internacional de Cinema Visões Periféricas 2017
Rio de Janeiro
Official Selection
I AM NOT PILATUS
VIII KOVA M FESTIVAL - IV Mostra Internacional de Cinema na Cova 2019
Lisboa
Official Selection
ARRIAGA
XIII Pentedattilo Film Festival
Reggio Calabria
College
Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema
Degree in Theater - Actors Branch (Lisbon, Portugal)
20092012
College
UNIRIO - Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Performance Arts (Brazil)
20122013
Birth Date
February 7, 1988
Nickname
Welket Bungué
Birth City
Xitole (Guinea-Bissau)
Current City
Berlin
Height
186cm
Gender
Male
Permanent Member of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema since 2015, and a member of the Deutsche Filmakademie since 2020.
Welket Bungué stars Franz Biberkopf in 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2020), the new film by the Afghan-German director Burhan Qurbani, which lead him to a nomination for the Silver Bear and a nomination as “Best Male Lead” at the LOLA awards of the German Film Academy (Deutscher Filmpreis).
Welket Bungué is originally from the Balanta tribe, from Guinea-Bissau (West Coast of Africa). He is a Portuguese-Guinean actor, producer, and film director based in Berlin.