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Joan Iyiola

Writer

Joan Iyiola has been voted one of 30 Black, British Stars of Tomorrow by Digital Spy. Selected for BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew 2021.

She recently wrote DỌLÁPỌ̀ IS FINE under the Bumble scheme 2019 which is about a young black girl’s relationship with her hair and name, against the backdrop of her very British boarding school, asking the question: How do you hold on to your celebrated identity when you realise that the environment that you inhabit wasn’t made for you?

Here is a link to the film (password: sunita), which won the HBO Short film competition at the American Black Film Festival 2020 and was officially selected for BFI LFF 2020 and LSFF 2021. The film has been acquired by both Netflix (UK/IRE), and HBO.

Her series treatment for THIS IS NOT MY EXPERIENCE has just been optioned by Avalon.

Credits

IN DEVELOPMENT
Date: 2020
Production (role):
TALAWA (Writer)
Project details:
Original drama inspired by the life of Olive Morris.
Date: 2020
Production (role):
JUST KIDS (Co-Writer with Jack Parris)
Company:
Avalon/ ITV
Project details:
Original comedy-drama series about an interracial couple who defy the norm and attempt to push back against the pressures of parenthood.
Date: 2020
Production (role):
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTERRACIAL LOVE (Writer)
Project details:
A romantic drama following Lola, a 21 year-old student in New York, as she searches for love without the politics of race.

Based on the novel of the same name by Kathleen Collins.
SHORT
Date: 2019
Production (role):
DỌLÁPỌ̀ IS FINE (Writer)
Company:
Bumble's Female Film Force
Project details:
A story about a young black girl's relationship with her hair and name, and how it helps her understand who she really is.

Official Selection - African Diaspora International Film Festival 2020

Official Selection - S.O.U.L Film Fest 2020

Winner - HBO Short Film Award at American Black Film Festival 2020

Official Selection - For Our People Film Festival 2020

Winner -  Best Short Drama & Best Actress at I Will Tell Festival 2020

Official Selection - LA Shorts Fest 2020

Official Selection - MVAAFF 2020

Official Selection - BFI London Film Festival 2020

Official Selection - 1261 Film Festival 2020

Official Selection - Film Africa 2020

Official Selection - Leeds International Film Festival 2020

Screening - No Direct Flight, Kenya 2020

Screening - Monday Movie Night, Kenya 2020

Official Selection - Africa Rising International Film Festival 2020

Official Selection - African Diaspora International Film Festival (NYADIFF) 2020

Official Selection - London Short Film Festival 2021

Official Selection - Pan African Film Festival 2021

Official Selection - International Film Fest Rotterdam 2021

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): TALAWA (Writer)
    Company:
    Project details: Original drama inspired by the life of Olive Morris.
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): JUST KIDS (Co-Writer with Jack Parris)
    Company: Avalon/ ITV
    Project details: Original comedy-drama series about an interracial couple who defy the norm and attempt to push back against the pressures of parenthood.
  • Date: 2020
    Production (role): WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTERRACIAL LOVE (Writer)
    Company:
    Project details: A romantic drama following Lola, a 21 year-old student in New York, as she searches for love without the politics of race.

    Based on the novel of the same name by Kathleen Collins.
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): DỌLÁPỌ̀ IS FINE (Writer)
    Company: Bumble's Female Film Force
    Project details: A story about a young black girl's relationship with her hair and name, and how it helps her understand who she really is.

    Official Selection - African Diaspora International Film Festival 2020

    Official Selection - S.O.U.L Film Fest 2020

    Winner - HBO Short Film Award at American Black Film Festival 2020

    Official Selection - For Our People Film Festival 2020

    Winner -  Best Short Drama & Best Actress at I Will Tell Festival 2020

    Official Selection - LA Shorts Fest 2020

    Official Selection - MVAAFF 2020

    Official Selection - BFI London Film Festival 2020

    Official Selection - 1261 Film Festival 2020

    Official Selection - Film Africa 2020

    Official Selection - Leeds International Film Festival 2020

    Screening - No Direct Flight, Kenya 2020

    Screening - Monday Movie Night, Kenya 2020

    Official Selection - Africa Rising International Film Festival 2020

    Official Selection - African Diaspora International Film Festival (NYADIFF) 2020

    Official Selection - London Short Film Festival 2021

    Official Selection - Pan African Film Festival 2021

    Official Selection - International Film Fest Rotterdam 2021