Biography: A consummate artist on stage, film and television, Adetoro Makinde is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. She began her career as an actress, but later expanded her efforts in 2000 and created the production company Backdoor Films. In its debut production, she wrote, starred in and produced the short film For Charity’s Sake (2001). Building on the momentum of her new-found career, the following year, she made the highly successful award-winning short, Whoa (2002). The film went on to screen at over 50 venues worldwide including the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, AFI Fest, Aspen Shortfest and LA Film Festival.
Going back to her independent roots, she once again wore multiple hats as actress, director, writer and producer on the award-winning short, In Time (2005). For her acting performance, Makinde was voted Best International Actress by the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. Among her many other honors, she was invited by Kodak to an emerging filmmaker program at the Sundance Film Festival, selected to participate in a creative assignment for Nickelodeon, is a grant recipient of the IFP:NY /New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Film & Media Program, BMW/Blackfilm.com Filmmaker Award and is a Film Independent Project: Involve Fellow. She was a finalist in the Lifetime Movie Network Every Women’s Film Competition celebrating emerging women filmmakers and her short It Takes a Village (2008) was the New York State winner of the Chase Legacy Film Challenge presented by Chase Bank, Blackfilm.com, HBO and Kodak.