Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu's short films have played 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, her most recent being Flowers, which she co-wrote and co-directed.

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.

Presently Nikyatu is in development on her latest short narrative film Suicide By Sunlight, a precursor to her TV Series and Feature Film by the same name:


Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is introduced to her estranged twin daughters.

She recently won the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel funded iniative THROUGH HER LENS, which is by invitation only. 

Nikyatu studied narrative filmmaking at New York University’s MFA film program and lives and teaches in New York City.