Runyararo Mapfumo

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Runyararo is a UK based Writer/Director. Most recently, she directed the second block of Netflix’s hit tv series, Sex Education, Season 3.

Runyararo has made an array of shorts. Her documentary WHAT’S IN A NAME? was part of The Uncertain Kingdom, a short film initiative aiming to provide a portrait of contemporary UK. Prior to this, she wrote and directed a BBC & Google Arts commissioned short, SENSATIONAL SIMMY which was released and broadcast on BBC & BBC iPlayer.

Runyararo’s short film DAWN IN THE DARK was backed and funded by BFI & BBC Film. It debuted at the BFI London Film Festival, and has since picked up multiple selections and nominations for best director at the BAFTA qualifying festival, Underwire. 

In addition, her short film, MASTERPIECE, also had a very successful festival run, having similarly premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2017. Runyararo is currently developing her debut feature film.

Television

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SEX EDUCATION S3

2021

Eleven Film for Netflix

Director
Block 2 - Episodes 4, 6, 7 & 8

Short Films

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WHAT'S IN A NAME?

2019

The Uncertain Kingdom

Director / Distribution by Verve

SENSATIONAL SIMMY!

2019

BBC, Google Arts, DessyMak Productions

Writer, Director / Released on BBC Arts / Broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer

DAWN IN THE DARK

2019

BFI Network, BBC Films, DessyMak Productions

Writer, Director / Official Selection Berlin Film Festival, British Shorts (2020) / Official Selection BFI London Film Festival (2019) / Official Selection Underwire Festival (2019) / Nomination Directing Underwire Festival (2019) / Aesthetica Film Festival (2019) (as part of the Bounce Cinema showcase) / Bolton Film Festival (2020) / British Shorts 2020 / Norwich Film Festival 2020 / Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (2020) / San Francisco Black Film Festival (2020) / Watershed New Voices Shorts Programme (2020) / The Shortest Nights (2020) / Pan African Film Festival (2021) / S.O.U.L Fest (2021)

MASTERPIECE

2017

DessyMak Productions

Writer, Director / Official Selection London Comedy Film Festival (2019) / Official Selection Kerry Film Festival (2018) / Official Selection Washington West Film Festival (2018) / Official Selection Exit 6 Film Festival (2018) / Official Selection Aesthetica Film Festival (2018) / Official Selection Gig Harbour Film Festival (2018) / Official Selection Soul Film UK (2018) / Official Selection For Films Sake Festival (2018) / Official Selection Twister Alley Film Festival (2018) / Official Selection Fast Net Film Festival (2018) / Official Selection WAMM Festival (2018) / Official Selection BFI Future Film Festival (2018) / Nomination Best Short Film Award - BFI Future Film Festival (2018) / Official Selection UKIFF Film Festival (2018) / Official Selection Berlin Film Festival, British Shorts (2018) / Official Selection London Short Film Festival (2017) / Official Selection Shuffle Festival (2017) / Official Selection Underwire Festival (2017) / Nomination Under 25 Award Directing - Underwire Festival (2017) / Official Selection Shuffle Festival (2017) / BFI Network - Pick of the Month

THE TIME IS NOW

2015

BFI, o2 Go Think Big

Director / Released by o2 Go Think Big

REVELATION

2013

DessyMak Productions

Writer, Director, Producer / Official Selection London Short Film Festival (2013) / Official Selection Underwire Festival (2013)