Founding President



Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante founded the Black Star International Film Festival in 2016 in Accra, Ghana with the passion to bridge the gap between African cinema and the World through the business of film. 


Ms. Asante is currently  the CEO of the National Film Authority of Ghana, the Board Chair of the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI). She chairs the Curriculum committee of the Creative Arts School, a revolutionary educational concept by Ghana’s Ministry of Education. She is the founder of the Yaa Asantewa Library project, building and stocking libraries in Ghanaian communities.

She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She also holds two Bachelor’s degrees. She graduated from University of Cape Coast, and also graduated from National Film and Television Institute, where she got her first class honors in Film Directing. She was awarded ‘Best Actress’ in Ghana in 2001.

Ms. Asante is a management consultant, change agent and strategic thinker with experience that spans two continents for over two decades. Asante has started, helped to build, built and managed organizations and products globally.