2022 Screen Daily Star of Tomorrow, Ayo Akingbade is an artist, writer and director. She trained at the London College of Communication and the Royal Academy Schools. Ayo’s short form documentary work has been spotlighted on MUBI & The Criterion Channel. JITTERBUG, which explores displacement in increasingly gentrified Hackney, represents Ayo’s transition into narrative storytelling, and was selected as part of Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival 2022. Her short FALUYI, shot in Nigeria, explores themes of familial legacy and mysticism. Her most recent short KEEP LOOKING, filmed in New York, will hit the festival circuit in 2024. Ayo likes to explore character and the nuances of human interaction and subject matters rooted in the social and political structures that dominate today’s society.