Ngardy Conteh George
Co-founder of OYA Media Group, Ngardy Conteh George is a two-time Canadian Screen Award award-winning filmmaker, a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Fellow and grantee, and recipient of grants from the Toronto and Ontario Art Councils and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is committed to working with marginalized, and often unheard communities, especially those that represent the rich cultures and complexities of the African Diaspora.
Most recently she directed, co-wrote, and co-produced TV hour Mr. Jane and Finch, commissioned by CBC Docs POV and nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award (Yorkton Film Festival 2019). The film won two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards: the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary and Best Writing for a Documentary.
Early in her career, with her production company Mattru Media, she produced The Rhyming Chef Barbuda, a cooking show that fused hip-hop with culinary arts which aired on Bite TV and AUX TV (2008), two seasons of Cypher, and the flag-ship Hip Hop music show for start up music television station AUX TV (2009-2011). She also worked as a video editor on the television series Arts & Minds for Bravo! (2006-2008) and The Marilyn Denis Show for CTV (2012-2013).
Ngardy’s films include short documentaries Soldiers for the Streets (NFB/CBC Newsworld, 2004) and Dudley Speaks for Me part of the ‘Akua Benjamin Legacy Project’ (Best Canadian Presentation, Caribbean Tales Int’l Film Festival, 2016).
Her first feature-length documentary ’The Flying Stars’, is an intimate portrait of amputee athletes in her native West African country, Sierra Leone. The film premiered at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM, 2014), received grants from the Sundance Documentary Institute, won Best Documentary at the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia and been broadcast around the world including NHK in Japan, DR in Denmark, documentary channel in Canada and Al Jazeera.
While she has a diverse portfolio of work, Ngardy also serves as a mentor with the Black Women Film! Canada leadership program. Along with Alison Duke, Ngardy spearheads the OYA Emerging Filmmakers Program (formerly Black Youth! Pathway2Industry). She is also a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and a board member of the Documentary Organization of Canada - Ontario. She is currently working on a cinematic 360 interactive VR documentary project, Wa’Omoni Rising.