Chinonye Chukwu hails from Rivers state, a Nigerian Alaskan-raised screenwriter, producer and director, filmmaker and educator. She is a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award. Chinonye’s film, The Dance Lesson (2010) was premiered at the Ritz Theater of Philadelphia and acquired by MindTV for regional network distribution. The film was also a Regional Finalist for the 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards and an Honorary Mention at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.
Her other work include Igbo Kwenu!, a recipient of the PIFVA Subsidy Grant from the independent ﬁlm community and the “Best Motion Picture Award” and “Best Screenplay Award” at the 2009 Diamond Screen Festival. In 2012 she completed her first feature narrative, "Alaskaland", the story of an estranged Nigerian-American brother and sister who reunite in their Alaskan hometown.
Chinonye’s short film, “A Long Walk”, is a short adaptation of the anthologized story, “A Walk Through the Neighborhood”. The film won a Special Jury prize at the USA Festival and “Best Short Film” at the Dayton LGBT Film Festival. It was screened at several Academy Award festivals, including: the Cleveland International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
She did the post-production for her second feature film, CLEMENCY, which was a 2017 Athena List winner for best feature script featuring a female protagonist. It also won her 2019 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, making her the first black woman to win such award.