Yinka Edward’s love for the camera dates back to over 15 years ago when he held his first digital camera and was told to go outside to film his environment. Since then his passion for cinematography and storytelling has grown in leaps. He has built an impressive portfolio of work as a cinematographer and his work has screened around the world and garnered various awards and nominations.
For his work on the Figurine, Yinka won the 2010 AMAA (African Movie Academy Award) for cinematography. He was nominated for best cinematography at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA), 2015 for his work on October 1 and the movie went on to win best movie at the AMVCA 2015. It also picked up the Festival Programmers’ Award for Narrative Feature at the 2015 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), Los Angeles. The Tom Tykwer produced Kenyan/German feature movie, Something Necessary, which Yinka shot in Kenya, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and was nominated for the Audience Choice Award at the Chicago International Film Festival 2013. Yinka shot Cinema kpatakpata’s debut feature Confusion Na Wa, which was the festival opening night presentation at the 21st New York African Film Festival (NYAFF), 2014. Confusion Na Wa, took the award for best Nigerian movie and best movie overall at the 2013 AMAA awards.
Yinka was featured in the books The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood, written by Nadia Denton and Auteuring Nollywood: Critical Perspectives on The Figurine, edited by Adeshina Afolayan .
Yinka recently completed a Master of Arts degree in Film and Television Production with a concentration in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) Beaconsfield, England.