Kibwe Tavares

Put festival revellers as his backdrop to a love story about a robot pop princess and a scarecrow. Turned an island in East Africa into a dystopian tourist trap after the sighting of a giant leaping fish. Challenged you to keep up the pace with his carnival of self-expression for Guinness. Assembled an army of young female footballers to inspire others to take up the sport.

Sundance-winning Kibwe combines his training as an architect with his love of storytelling and animation to create futuristic 3D animated and live action films with social and political depth to create detailed, vivid, and kinetic visual environments to entice audiences.

His first short film, Robots of Brixton (a thesis project for his master’s degree) led him to win the Special Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival 2012. Fast Company named him one of the ‘100 most creative people in business’ and he was invited to speak at TED London in 2018. His second short work, Jonah, which also premiered at Sundance Film Festival, was written by Jack Thorne and supported by Film4, the BFI and Shine Pictures. His latest short film, Robot + Scarecrow, stars Jack O’Connell and Holiday Granger. Produced by DMC Films and The Space, it had its premiere at the London Film Festival 2017.

Kibwe is Executive Producer for the forthcoming BBC adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s fictional dystopia series, Noughts and Crosses.

Kibwe is developing two feature films for Film4. The Kitchen is being written by Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), and Un Lon Don is based on the novel by China Mieville. Nick Payne (Wanderlust) will adapt The Time Machine for Kibwe – an event limited series for House Productions and Sky.   

Commercially, Kibwe has collaborated with some of the UK’s top advertising agencies to create award-winning campaigns for the likes of Guinness and UEFA.

This week sees Kibwe make his Royal Opera House debut in the 2019/20 Season as the director for Aisha and Abhaya, a co-production between The Royal Ballet and Rambert.