Filmaka, the digital entertainment studio and online creative community, has announced the winner of its first annual feature film competition as the UK's Nuru Rimington-Mkali for his short film And I Refuse To Forget.

The 21 year-old will be awarded the opportunity to direct his first feature, which Filmaka will produce.

Founded by producer Deepak Nayar and run by Sandy Grushow, Filmaka is run as a series of themed monthly contests which are voted on by a jury including Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Neil LaBute, John Madden, Colin Firth, Bill Pullman and Paul Schrader. At the end of each year, each of the monthly winners then is given a new theme on which to make a short film for the final contest.

'The quality of films Filmaka received was excellent! In a community of more than 3,600 filmmakers and film lovers, Nuru stood out among them and rose to the top,' said Nayar in a statement. 'We look forward to producing his first feature film.'

Luis Bernal Salazar from Mexico was awarded $5,000 as first runner up while Noah Harald (US), Anne Heeno (Denmark), Max Sacker (Germany), Santiago Tapia (US), and Cullen Paul Wright (US) were named runner-ups and awarded $2,000 each.