Shutterspeed Projects


Biodun Stephen is a distinguished Nigerian filmmaker and writer with a portfolio of notable and globally acclaimed films. As the founder of Shutterspeed Projects, a content production company established in 2014, she has been at the forefront of creating numerous entertaining and inspiring films and series that resonate with audiences worldwide.

A Decade of Storytelling

Over the past decade, Biodun Stephen has carved a niche for herself by crafting heartfelt, human-angle stories inspired by her personal experiences and environment. Her background in advertising copywriting and radio has significantly influenced her filmmaking career, instilling a deep understanding of the power of communication through visual storytelling. She firmly believes that film serves as a vehicle for entertainment, communication, and education.

Acclaimed Works and Recognitions

Since founding Shutterspeed Projects, Biodun Stephen has written, produced, and directed films that have earned nominations and awards within Nigeria, across Africa, and internationally. Her notable films include:

  • The Visit: Praised for its minimal yet insightful cast, story, and originality, it received two nominations at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
  • Picture Perfect: Received five nominations and won two awards at the 2017 Best of Nollywood Awards.
  • Breaded Life: Nominated for Best Film West Africa at the AMVCA 2021.
  • Tiwa’s Baggage: Earned her a nomination for Best Director at the 2018 City People Movie Awards.
  • Seven and a Half Dates: Recommended by Guardian as a must-see film.
  • Sista: An award-winning film that explores the struggles of single mothers.
  • Momiwa: Starring Uzor Arukwe and Blessing Obasi Nze.

Other popular films such as Ovy’s Voice, Ehis Bitters, and Looking for Baami topped Iroko Viewer’s Choice Awards in 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively. Her exceptional work in screenwriting earned her the AMVCA award for Best Screenplay, and she has received international awards for Best Director for films like Last Days and Strangers.

Shutterspeed Projects

Under Biodun’s leadership, Shutterspeed Projects has become a prominent name in the film industry, with its productions featured on major platforms such as Mnet’s DStv, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Iroko TV. The company continues to push the boundaries of storytelling, ensuring that its films reach a global audience.

Memorable Characters and Strong Narratives

One of Biodun Stephen’s indispensable approaches to storytelling is the creation of strong, memorable characters that resonate with audiences long after the viewing experience. Characters like “Jobe” in Picture Perfect, “Todowede” in Breaded Life, and “Ajinde” in Looking for Baami  ‘Sista’  and most recently, ‘Momiwa’ have become fan favorites, showcasing her talent for developing relatable and enduring personas.

Directorial Achievements

Beyond her writing and production prowess, Biodun has also directed several successful films, including:

  • Aki and Paw Paw
  • Introducing the Kujus

Her directorial style is marked by meticulous attention to production details and a commitment to bringing out the best in her cast, ensuring that every project she undertakes is of the highest quality.

Personal Life and Philosophy

Biodun Stephen was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her passion for storytelling was evident from a young age, leading her to pursue a career in filmmaking. Her personal experiences and keen observations of her environment continue to fuel her creativity and dedication to the craft. She is a firm believer in the transformative power of film, using her platform to communicate, educate, and entertain.

Looking Ahead

Biodun Stephen remains dedicated to pushing the boundaries of storytelling and filmmaking. With a vision to continually inspire and entertain, she aims to create more groundbreaking films that highlight African stories on a global stage. Her commitment to excellence and her innovative approach to filmmaking make her a formidable force in the industry.

For more about Biodun Stephen and her work, visit her social media platforms. Follow her journey as she continues to empower and inspire through the art of film.