Chinaka Iwunze is a writer and an avid lover of the story development process for television, film and web series.
Chinaka is an MFA film graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she majored in screenwriting for TV and Film and minored in producing. Prior to that, she acquired her first Masters degree in London in journalism following her Bachelors at Rhodes University. She is the recipient of “The 2014 Jack Nicholson award for Screenwriting” as well as “The 2015 Ron Baham Memorial Fellowship in Comedy”. She was also invited to be a part of an intensive TV writing workshop for Sony Crackle while at UCLA.
Chinaka recently worked for a year at Barry Films, an internationally active production company based in Los Angeles, Berlin and Zurich. Recent productions by Barry Films include LIFE, directed by Anton Corbijn, with Robert Pattinson, WALTER, starring Academy Award Nominees William H. Macy and Virginia Madsen, and THE WHISTLEBLOWER, starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave.
For two years, Chinaka worked as an Online Editor for DSTV, a Digital Satellite Company based in South Africa. Before that, she contributed articles to the African section for Screen Africa’s print magazine. In 2011, she was invited to head the marketing section for a four-week filmmaking workshop held in Nigeria conducted by the New York Film Academy and hosted by Del-York International. In 2010, Chinaka was a guest speaker at an African film conference in London where she discussed “Articulating the ‘African Cinematic’ experience online: the challenges and the way forward.”
While at UCLA, Chinaka taught a class of 20 undergraduate students as a teaching assistant under two of UCLAʼs top screenwriting professors. She enjoys writing light dramas and particularly relishes the infusion of supernatural and romantic plot lines. She is currently a member of the Writer’s Guild of South Africa.