Nelson Makengo

Born in 1990, Nelson Makengo lives and works in Kinshasa. He is a Congolese director, visual artist and producer whose work oscillates between contemporary art and cinema. Makengo participated in the 2020 Berlinale Talents and was a jury member at the 2020 International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA).


Up at Night (2019), his sixth short film has won several awards, including Short documentary IDFA 2019 (Entered for the 2021 Oscars), Award Dérives FIFF, Namur 2020, Award Fidadoc 2020, Best documentary Miradasdoc 2021 and has been screened at more than fifty prestigious international festivals and contemporary art institution, including Sundance, Full Frame Documentary, True/False Film Fest, Cinéma du réel, London Short Film Festival, Encontro De Cinema Negro, Zozimo Bulbul – Brésil, WIELS Art Center, Galérie Imane Fares, Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine Paris.


His 2018 short film E’ville has been presented at more than 30 festivals around the world, winning several awards, including the Sharjah Art Foundation Residency Prize at the 2019 Videobrasil Biennial and Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Rwanda Film Festival, Grand jury prize St Louis Film Festival, Sénégal.

Nelson Makengo is currently developing his first documentary feature, Rising Up At Night, with the support of the World Cinema Fund, Ateliers de l'Atlas - Marrakech International Film Festival, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Fonds Jeune Création Francophone, IDFA Bertha Fund Classic, SCAM Brouillon d'un rêve, Olafur Eliasson and Little Sun.

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