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Le Blog sur les femmes africaines dans le cinéma est un espace pour l'échange d'informations concernant les réalisatrices, comédiennes, productrices, critiques et toutes professionnelles dans ce domaine. Ceci sert de forum public du Centre pour l'étude et la recherche des femmes africaines dans le cinémas.

19 November 2018

Digital Lab Africa 2019 : Call for Projects | L’appel à projets DLA

Digital Lab Africa 2019
Call for Projects | L’appel à projets DLA

Deadline: 13 January 2019
Date limite : 13 janvier 2019


The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, start-ups, students in the media and creative industries. The call is open to anyone from Sub-Saharan Africa having an innovative project in 5 categories of multimedia production : web creation, virtual reality, video game, animation  and digital music.

DLA is looking for projects at initial stage of development, in need of partners and financial support and innovative in terms of narration, content or technologies.

Email the following application files (in French or in English) to before January 13th, 2019

Pitch deck / Presentation document (PDF, PowerPoint or Word) including:
– project’s overview, concept, statement of intent…
– development and production schedule, provisional budget, target audience and strategy
Visual element and/or research document
Storyboard / mood board / graphics / portfolio / screenplay (for web creation, animation or VR projects
– Game design document (for video game projects)
– Any preview, pilot or video demo of the project (if available, for all types of projects)
A cover letter explaining why you want to be part of the DLA Mentorship & Incubation program (1-page maximum)
A resume/curriculum vitae of the applicant and/or description of the company represented
A picture (.jpeg) of the applicant


L’appel à projets Digital Lab Africa s’adresse à toutes personnes d’Afrique subsaharienne (artistes, producteurs, créateurs, start-ups, étudiants) ayant un projet innovant dans 5 catégories de production multimédia: web création, réalité virtuelle, jeu vidéo, musique en ligne et animation.

L’appel à projets DLA cible des projets au stade initial de développement, en recherche de partenaires et de financements et innovants du point de vue de la forme, de la narration, du contenu ou des technologies.

Envoyer les documents suivants (en français ou en anglais) par email à : avant le 13 janvier 2019

Un Pitch Deck / document de présentation (PDF, PowerPoint, Word) comprenant :
– un descriptif général du projet, concept, intention de l’auteur(e)
– un calendrier de développement et de production, un budget prévisionnel, le public visé, éléments stratégiques liés à la mise en œuvre du projet.
Des éléments visuels et/ou de recherche
Storyboard / moodboard / visuels / portfolio / scénario (pour les catégories web création, animation ou VR
– Document de Game design (pour les projets jeu vidéo)
– Tout extraits, démo du projet, pilote (si disponible, pour toutes les catégories de projet)
Une lettre de motivation expliquant pourquoi vous souhaitez bénéficier du programme de mentorat et d’incubation DLA (1-page maximum)
Un CV/curriculum vitae du/de la candidat(e) et une description de la société représenté.
Une photo (.jpeg) du/de la candidat(e)

18 November 2018

Lucy Gebre-Egziabher: Films Without Walls, Call for Collaboration 2019 Theme: Immigration and Refugees

Lucy Gebre-Egziabher: Films Without Walls
Call for Collaboration 2019
Theme: Immigration and Refugees

Professor and Filmmaker Lucy Gebre-Egziabher had this to say about "Films Without Walls", a project that she initiated where she teaches filmmaking on the NOVA Alexandria campus in Virginia, USA :

The Films Without Walls series was inspired by my Fulbright in Ethiopia in 2015. Upon my return, I connected my Ethiopia film students with my US film students. Together they made a film entitled "Final Exam". The objective was to have students on either side learn about each other's realities, in addition to learning to collaborate on a creative project. 

While that was the starting point, the key functions of this project is: 1) to instill in my students that they have a role to play as artists in the global context, and not just the US; 2) to teach my students to use cinema as a tool for social and political change; 3) enrich and widen their world perspective.

I developed this project individually, though I have my institution's support and endorsement (not financial). It is not a funded project, by no means; at least not to date. Institutions and students that are taking part in this project, do it strictly on a volunteer basis. Thus far we have had students from Ethiopia, Scotland, Mexico, Iran and China participate as partners on the yearly themes. But we have had a number of students from various parts of the world submit their films for screening in the FWW series showcase (as seen on attached program).

I am constantly seeking collaborations with more institutions. 


Film students from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) – Alexandria campus, join forces with film students from institutions in various parts of the world on the 2019 theme: "Immigration & Refugees"

Films Without Walls (FWW) has 3 sections: 

1) FWW, a partnership on one film: every year NOVA students partner with films students from a different part of the world on 1 film project. And based on theme of the year, they work on it on separate pieces that they bring together at the end. Students typically communicate via skype, viber or any method they research and decide on.

- students from one institution partners with NOVA students to make 1 film together. 

2) FWW independent productions but partners on yearly theme: A partner would submit a film to be screened at our festival under FWW series on the theme of the year. (e.g. students from Xingtai Polytechnic College in China, are making their own film on the theme this year). We are also in discussion with students in other parts of the world (Cuba, Scotland, Ethiopia, Belarus to name a few). 

- students from institution "A" make a film of their own, but on the theme of the year - the 2019 theme: "Immigration & Refugees"

3) FWW International students' films showcase: Students from different parts of the world can submit for consideration their films, not necessarily on our theme but on any subject, and if selected will be also screened in our FWW section of the NOVA Student Film Festival.

- individual student(s) from institution "A" submit their films for consideration for screening at our festival.

Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, MFA
Fulbright Scholar 
Associate Professor - Cinema
Communication Studies & Theater Department

14 November 2018

Economic Empowerment of Youth and Women Through Film: Out of Africa International Film Festival (OOAIFF) 2018 4th Edition

Out of Africa International Film Festival
2018 4th Edition 

13 November 2018

Out of Africa International Film Festival (OOAIFF) announces its 4th edition to be held on November 27-29 2018 at the Michael Joseph and 1 December 2018 in Thogoto Forest, Karend End. 

The team behind the festival is committed to discovering and developing African potential in the 7th Art.

The festival’s theme: Economic Empowerment of Youth and Women Through Film

The aim is to provide a platform where filmmakers, experts and general public interact to open up the local industry and offer more opportunities.

Films from different languages from around the continent are expected for screening. The event also integrates talks, workshops and film and book market as well as offering a networking opportunity for exhibitors, industry players and general public.

41 films from 17 countries on planet cinema were submitted and a total of 33 films will be screened.

With top 5 countries as:

1) USA 
2) Kenya 
3) India 
4) Nigeria, Turkey 
5) France, Iran, Senegal

Followed by Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, Italy, Sierra Leone, South Africa, United Kingdom

Film Organizers:
Mumbi Hinga
Rose Weru

Managed by
Edna Chepkurui

Wild Track Newsletter #28 October-November 2018 about African women in cinema in Zimbabwe

Wild Track Newsletter #28
October-November 2018
about African women in cinema 
in Zimbabwe

The Wild Track Newsletter is published by the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA TRUST) 

The Wild Track Newsletter covers information, issues and events relevant and related to African women in cinema in general and specifically those from Zimbabwe, including coverage of the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF), the annual film festival which takes place in Zimbabwe. In addition, it covers gender related arts-based activities in the Zimbabwe area.

Back issues are also available on the ICAPA Trust site: Issue 27, Issue 26, Issue 25, Issue 24, Issue 23, Issue 22, Issue, 21, Issue 20, Issue 19, Issue 18, Issue 17, Issue 15, Issue 14, Issue 13, Issue 12, Issue 11, Issue 10, Issue 9, Issue 8, Issue 7.

The 17th edition of the International Images Film Festival (IIFF) took place during the last week of August 2018

Animation Workshop Brings Local History to Life

Mukanya explores the role of fatherhood

Students identified for first intake

New novel by ICAPA director Tsitsi Dangarembga on reading lists

13 November 2018

Black Camera: African Women of the Screen as Cultural Producers: An Overview by Country by Beti Ellerson (Fall 2018)

African Women of the Screen as Cultural Producers: An Overview by Country
Beti Ellerson 
Black Camera: An International Film Journal
African Women in Cinema Dossier
Vol. 10, No. 1 (Fall 2018), pp. 245-287


African women as cultural producers in the realm of the moving image, screen culture, audiovisual media—what are their experiences? These women who work actively in the behind-the-scenes roles; in front of the screen as journalist, critic, cultural reader; in the corridors as organizer, activist, advocate, promoter in the vast cinematic enterprise, many wearing multiple hats as filmmaker, actor, presenter, producer, scholar. Whether working on the local, regional, continental, international, or transnational level, their role is vital, their work essential. This survey by country provides an indication of the span of activities of these cultural workers: most striving for the cause, or out of a sense of duty, or of purpose—some in perilous situations, so that African images are seen and stories told—produced, disseminated, distributed, exhibited, discussed, critiqued, documented, archived, preserved.

12 November 2018

Festival Cinemas d’Afrique 2019 - Lausanne - Appel à Films - Call for Entries

Festival Cinemas d’Afrique 2019 - Lausanne Appel à Films - Call for Entries


Dans le cadre de la 14 édition qui aura lieu du 22 au 25 août 2019, le Festival cinémas d’Afrique- Lausanne lance son appel à candidatures. La sélection est ouverte aux fictions, documentaires et animations et de tout genre.

Date limite des inscriptions: 1 avril 2019


14th edition of Festival cinemas d’Afrique – Lausanne will take place from 22nd to 25th of august 2019. Our Call for Entries process is now open for fictions, documentaries, animated films, full length or short films.
Deadline: 1 April 2019

Association Afrique cinémas
Av. de la rasude 2
1006 Lausanne – Switzerland

11 November 2018

PALMARES | AWARDS : JCC 2018 - Les journées cinématographiques de Carthage | Carthage Film Festival

JCC 2018
Les journées cinématographiques de Carthage
Carthage Film Festival


Tanit d'or | Golden Tanit
Meilleur comédien | Best male performance : Ahmed Hafian
Fatwa. Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud – Tunisia | Tunisie (2018)

Tanit d'argent | Silver Tanit
Yomeddine. A.B. Shawky - Egypt (2018)

Tanit de bronze | Bronze Tanit
Meilleure image | Best Cinematography
Prix du public | Audience Award

Parallel Prize | Prix Parallele: Le Prix FIPRESCI (La Fédération Internationale de Critique de Film)
War Travelers | Le voyage inachevé. Joud Said - Lebanon | Liban (2018)

Meilleur scénario | Best Scenario
Supa Modo. Likarion Wainaina - Kenya (2018)

Meilleure musique | Best Music
Meilleure comedienne | Best female performance : Samantha Mugatsia
Rafiki. Wanuri Kahiu - Kenya (2018)

Prix Première Oeuvre | First Film Award: Prix | Award TV5 Monde
Prix Première Oeuvre | First Film Award: Taher Cheriaa Award
Long Métrage | Feature Fiction: Mention speciále | Special mention

Parallel Prize | Prix Parallele: Le Prix de la FACC (Prix de la critique Africaine Paulin Soumanou Vieyra)
Sofia. Meryem Benm’Barek – Morocco | Maroc (2018)

Long Métrage | Feature Fiction: Mention speciále | Special mention
Maki’la. Machérie Ekwa Bahango - République Démocratique du Congo (2018)


Tanit d'or | Golden Tanit
Brotherhood. Meryam Joobeur - Tunisia | Tunisie (2018)

Tanit d'argent | Silver Tanit
Lalo’s House | La Maison de Lalo. Kelley Kali - Bénin (2018)

Tanit de bronze | Bronze Tanit
Astra. Nidhal Guiga - Tunisia | Tunisie (2017)

Mention speciále | Special mention
The Florist | Le Fleuriste. Chamakh Bouslama - Tunisia | Tunisie (2018)


Tanit d'or | Golden Tanit
Amal. Mohamed Siam - Egypt | Égypte (2017)

Tanit d'argent | Silver Tanit
You Come From Far Away. Amal Ramsis - Egypt | Égypte (2018)

Tanit de bronze | Bronze Tanit
Erased, Ascent of the Invisible. Ghassan Halwani - Lebanon | Liban (2017)

Prix Première Oeuvre | First Film Award: Mention spéciale | Special Mention 
Fahavalo, Madagascar 1947. Marie-Clémence Andriamonta-Paes - Madagascar (2018)


Tanit d'or | Golden Tanit
Resonances. Nicolas Khoury – Lebanon | Liban (2018)

Tanit d'argent | Silver Tanit
I Signed the Petition. Mahdi Fleifel - Palestine (2018)

Tanit de bronze | Bronze Tanit
Kedougou. Mamadou Khouma Gueye - Senegal (2017)

Parallel Prize | Prix Parallele: Le Prix De l'Union Générale Des Travailleurs Tunisiens to/à Anis Saadi, editor/monteur
Subutex. Nasreddine Shili - Tunisia | Tunisie (2018)


The 1st Prize/le 1er Prix Carthage Ciné-Promesse 2018 : awarded by/décerné par TV5 Monde
Agonie by/de Ghassen Jeribi Isamm (Tunisie/Tunisia).

The 1st Prize/le 1er Prix Carthage Ciné-Promesse 2018 : awarded by/décerné par TV5 Monde
That Lovely Life by/de Rami Aloui (Algérie/Algeria), ESAV Marrakech (Morocco/Maroc).

The 2nd Prize/le 2ème Prix Carthage Ciné-Promesse 2018 : awarded by/décerné par l'Université de Carthage
Misfit by/de Karanja Ng'endo, independent student/étudiant indépendant (Kenya).

The 3rdPrize/le 3ème Prix Carthage Ciné-Promesse 2018 : awarded by/décerné par l'ESAC
Les Enfants dar Bouidar by/de Isabelle Christiane Kouraogo (Burkina Faso), ESAV Marrakech (Morocco/Maroc).

Special mention/ mention spéciale Carthage Ciné-Promesse 2018, awarded by the/décerné par le Jury
Hind's Case by/de Dina Naji (Saudi Arabia/Arabie Saoudite), New York Film Academy (United States/Etats-Unis).