Having garnered an MFA from NYU's Tisch Graduate Film school, Sierra Leonean-American Writer/Director Nikyatu Jusu's films have screened 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.
Nikyatu's feature screenplay, Free The Town, was one of 12 projects invited to participate in Sundance Institute’s inaugural 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.
Her latest short film, Suicide By Sunlight, a project funded by the production grant THROUGH HER LENS sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel, will make its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. This project was also awarded a Rooftop Films/ Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant.
Nikyatu is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University where she teaches Screenwriting and Directing.