Flying High, Longlist - Short Film - Fiction


Michael Omonua


I've always seen the church as having a performance arts aspect to it. Whether it's the stage, the costumes, the song and dance of the choir or the charismatic Pastor on stage. Pastor as performer is something I've wanted to explore within the setting of a corrupt church led by a fake Pastor. With the performance arts angle in mind I thought what if in the course of prepping for a fake miracle healing at a Sunday Service our Pastor and his staff rehearse just like a group of actors rehearse for a play. With that in mind I decided to make a film that focuses on the behind the scenes preparations inside a corrupt church.

Michael Omonua is a British-Nigerian film director and screenwriter based in Lagos, Nigeria and London, United Kingdom. A graduate of the University College of the Creative Arts, Farnham and his last short film ‘Rehearsal’ (2021) had its world premiere in competition at the 71st Berlinale. Rehearsal is a multiple award winning film that picked up the Grand Prize for Best International Short Film at the Oscar Qualifying Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. It has screened at over thirty film festivals. His 27 minute segment in the three-part supernatural anthology feature film ‘Juju Stories’ (2021), had its world premiere in competition at the 74th Locarno Film Festival where it won the independent critics prize: The Boccalino d’Oro award for best film. He is currently developing a feature film (Galatians).