Anthony Onah



  • Director
  • Writer

Program Years

  • Project Involve 2011
  • Directing Lab 2015


Anthony Onah is a Nigerian-American filmmaker who was raised in the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Togo, and the United States. He trained as a biochemist and neuroscientist at Harvard University, where he was awarded the Pechet Grant given to junior biochemistry majors, the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding scholarly work, and published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Admitted to Cambridge University for an MPhil in genetics, he declined the offer. Onah subsequently attended UCLA Film School, graduating in 2013 from the MFA directing program. While at UCLA, he was selected as one of Indiewire's "10 Exciting New Voices" and a 2011 Project Involve directing fellow by Film Independent. He was also a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship, and a two-time winner of both the DGA Student Film Award and the Panavision New Filmmaker grant. His previous short film, "True Colors," world premiered at the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival, and with his latest short, "Dara Ju," he won a 2012 DGA Student Film Award and attended the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus. His Dara Ju feature script has been selected for the 2014 IFP No Borders Market and the 2014 Film Independent Producing Lab. It has also placed in both the 2013 Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition and the 2013 HBO Urbanworld Screenplay Competition. Onah is represented by Gotham/Principal and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, et al.

Current Project

Dara Ju


A young Nigerian-American financier struggles with love, family, and a prescription drug dependency as his ambitions steer him down a criminal path.