Focus Features is on a mission to "bring moviegoers the most original stories from the world's most innovative filmmakers". Recent Focus Features movies include One Day, Atonement and The American.
Focus Features sponsors the Africa First short film program. The program "supports films that aspire to artistic excellence and accomplished storytelling, and substantially contribute to the development of local film industries".
5 emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence are awarded 10,000 (U.S dollars) each towards pre-production, production and post-production of their short film. Past short films from the program have been showcased at various film festivals including the Sundance, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals.
They recently produced AFRICA FIRST: VOLUME ONE: The first in a series of short film collections from the program.