Benita Ozoude is a recent Journalism and Radio Television and Film graduate from the University of Texas at Austin.

She is a young curious Nigerian documentary filmmaker who wants to be a voice for those who might not be heard. Her passion is to bring awareness to issues that the public is not so clear about. Her short film “The Queen of Rosewood” won Best Documentary Short at the 2016 Capital Black Film Festival in Austin. The film focuses on the large population of people who are homeless in Austin, Texas. She made another short documentary about a DACA elementary teacher who talks about the struggle immigrants face seeking citizenship in this political climate.

She recently interned for 2x Oscar Award winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple and won the 2018 Horizon Award which is an annual film award and mentorship given for outstanding young female directing talent by Christine Vachon, Lynette Howell, and Cassian Elwes. She has also interned for NFL Network, PBS, NPR, and The Hollywood Reporter to name a few.

Winning Project: Untitled Austin Ballet Project