Starting out in architecture, Kibwe Tavares was still studying at the Bartlett School when he began making films. His first short, “Robots of Brixton”, won the Sundance Special Jury Award for Animation in 2012.His second film, “Jonah”, starring Daniel Kaluuya, was produced by Film4.
He has been named as one of Saatchi & Saatchi’s top 20 young directors at their New Directors Showcase, and awarded a TED fellowship. He is based in South London, where he set up the creative studio and directing collective Factory Fifteen in 2011 with co-founders Jonathan Gales and Paul Nicholls.
Kibwe’s latest film, “Robot & Scarecrow”, starring Holliday Grainger and Jack O’Connell, was released in 2017. Alongside “Aisha and Abhaya”, he is currently directing a major new adaptation of the young adult novel series “Noughts & Crosses” for BBC TV.
As of November 2019