The purpose of the African Women in Cinema Blog is to provide a space to discuss diverse topics relating to African women in cinema--filmmakers, actors, producers, and all film professionals. The blog is a public forum of the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema.

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.

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).

01 November 2018

AMAA Africa Movie Academy Awards 2019 Submissions Open

AMAA Africa Movie Academy Awards 2019 Submissions Open


30TH OCTOBER, 2018

The Africa Movie Academy Awards is the leading, most glamorous awards event that recognizes and rewards excellence in creativity on the continent of Africa. For many years, under the direction of its founder, astute filmmaker and veteran, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, the AMA Awards that seeks to acknowledge the efforts of filmmakers, actors, directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and everyone else involved in the process of filmmaking all over the continent of Africa has gone from an idea to the most coveted accolade amongst filmmakers and enthusiasts in the African film and movie community.

From the deserts of North Africa, to the beautiful plains and wildlife of East Africa, to the beaches and fountains in the South, and the Savannahs of West Africa, even the diaspora, the AMA Awards has penetrated into the most remote of communities, film industries and the moviemaking habitats of the entire continent, to find, acknowledge and reward the most beautiful stories and their delivery, as well as appreciate the efforts of the heroes who painstakingly tell African stories of triumph in the face of adversity, courage in the face of difficulty, and survival against all odds. For fourteen years and in partnership with media giants and other stakeholders on the continent, the AMA Awards has kept to its mantra and rewarded the Spirit of Excellence in Africans, both at home and abroad.

In continuation of this extremely laudable mandate, and in order to further entrench, promote and streamline its perception, the organizers of the AMA Awards have decided to consolidate on the gains thus far made by the AMAA brand by creating a guide for all the other stakeholders and brands that will be interacting with the creative and visual identity of the AMA Awards, even as Nominations and Calls for Entries open for the 15th edition of the AMA Awards, billed to hold in Nigeria, West Africa, in 2019.

Going forward, all individuals, companies, brands, media houses, designers, creators and creatives, etc., who wish to interact with the AMAA Visual Identity must follow a set of guidelines; anyone utilizing the AMAA identity (logos, fonts, color combinations, etc.,) in the creation of designs, banners, posters, video montages, and all other forms of visuals/creative, must stick to the prescribed directives as listed on the AMAA website; this is in order to ensure harmony, coordination, and also that the AMAA brand may be protected and secured.

Also, entries have officially opened for movies made in the space of time under review (November 2017 to December 2018) that will be in consideration for the AMA Awards in at least one of the twenty six (26) various categories available for consideration at the 15th edition of the AMA Awards. Entries can be made online here at and are open from the 21st October 2018, and will close finally on the 26th January, 2019. Filmmakers, enthusiasts, stakeholders etc., who would like for their movies to be considered by the esteemed AMAA Academy for the 2019 AMA Awards so they can join the elite and prestigious group of AMAA awardees are encouraged to enter said movies using the link above.

As in previous years, the Africa Movie Academy Awards 2019, billed to hold in Nigeria, promises to be interesting and engrossing, as it celebrates excellence on the African Movie scene in the time under review. Updates will be provided via the AMAA social media platforms, as well as through other accredited media partners, agencies and outlets.

Mary-Noël Niba - Kisskissbankbank crowdfunding campaign | appel à financement : Film - Partir? (To Leave?)

Mary-Noël Niba
Crowdfunding campaign
Appel à financement
Film : Partir? (To Leave?)

Description (Français ci-après)

Partir? (To Leave?) is a documentary film co-produced by De l'Autre Côté du Périph' and LUMAN Communications.

Partir? (To Leave?) is the questioning of millions of individuals on the African continent. Even today, many of them risk everything in order to reach Europe and escape instability, in search of a hypothetically better life.

In this documentary, Mary-Noël Niba is interested in the stories of migrants and their personal trajectories. Far from the images we all know, she gathers rare voices and offers a unique perspective on illegal economic immigration.

In front of her camera, for the first time Guy Romeo, Stéphane, Boye Gaye, Cheikh and Leo talk about their years of exile, they who were ready to do anything to find for themselves and to offer their loved ones a better future.

With the exception of Guy Romeo, all returned home, profoundly marked by the experience. Despite the years gone by, they continue to suffer from the consequences of this perilous journey and hostile welcome. As for many others, the return to their country even after years of a difficult life is considered a failure and the ostracism they endure as a double punishment.

Partir? (To Leave?) emphasises the irreversible psychological damage suffered by the ill-fated candidates of illegal emigration, while pointing to the inertia of the West and Africa in the face of this phenomenon.

Help us fund Partir ?, a documentary film that foregrounds the rare voices of clandestine economic migrants who have returned to their country after years of exile.

All support count! Let's demonstrate that there are many of you who want to see this film: 

Partir? est un film documentaire co-produit par De l'Autre Côté du Périph' et LUMAN Communications.

Partir ? c’est l’interrogation de millions d’individus sur le continent africain. Aujourd’hui encore, ils sont nombreux à tout risquer pour rejoindre l’Europe et fuir la précarité, en quête d’une hypothétique vie meilleure.

Dans ce documentaire, Mary-Noël Niba s’intéresse aux récits des migrants et à leurs trajectoires personnelles. Loin des images que nous connaissons tous, elle recueille une parole rare et offre un point de vue unique sur l’immigration économique clandestine.

Devant sa caméra, Guy Roméo, Stéphane, Boye Gaye, Cheikh et Léo racontent pour la première fois leurs années d’exil, eux qui étaient prêts à tout pour s'offrir, ainsi qu'à leurs proches, un avenir meilleur.

A l’exception de Guy Roméo, tous sont rentrés au pays, profondément marqués par cette expérience. Malgré les années écoulées, ils subissent encore les séquelles d’un voyage périlleux et d’un accueil hostile. Comme pour beaucoup d’autres, le retour au pays après des années de vie difficiles est vécu comme un échec et l’ostracisme dont ils sont victimes, comme une double peine.

Partir ? met en avant les dégâts psychologiques irréversibles subis par les candidats malheureux à l’émigration clandestine, tout en pointant du doigt l’inertie de l’Occident et de l’Afrique face à ce phénomène.

Aidez-nous à financer Partir?, un documentaire de cinéma qui rapporte la parole rare de migrants économique clandestins rentrés aux pays après des années d'exil.
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Biography | Biographie

Mary-Noël Niba is the author of numerous documentaries, including: Le dos de la veuve, Yannick ou le pied de l'espoir, Double H le brouetteur d'Essos, as well as other films broadcast on the radio, notably, L'Héritier de Mellan, Zero Balloon and the feature film Claire ou l'enfant de l'amour.

She is of Cameroonian origin and studied cinema at ESRA in Paris. She then continued her studies at the University of Valenciennes (where she obtained a DEUG in visual arts). Afterwards she obtained a Master's degree in Science and Technology with a focus on Image and Sound at the University of Aix Marseille.

She began her career at CRTV (Cameroonian television and radio) as a producer of news programs and magazines, notably “Thermomètre”  as well as “Recto Verso”. She created and moderated the program "Le Français Tel Quel", a magazine about the specificities of French spoken in Cameroon; making it popular throughout the country. She later held the position of assistant director of production, then the strategic position of assistant director of marketing and advertising.

Consultant in charge of the project "Maisons des Savoirs" at the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), she is presently in charge of public relations at the Embassy of Cameroon in Paris. Filmmaker and independent producer, she is the founder of Luman Communications, a production and distribution company based in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Mary-Noël Niba est l'auteure de nombreux documentaires, notamment : «Le dos de la veuve», «Yannick ou le pied de l'espoir», «Double H le brouetteur d'Essos», ainsi que d'autres films diffusés à la radio comme «L'Héritier de Mellan», «Zéro Ballon» ou encore un long métrage intitulé «Claire ou l'enfant de l'amour».

Elle est d''origine camerounaise et a étudié le cinéma à l'ESRA de Paris. Elle a ensuite poursuivi ses études à l'université de Valenciennes (où elle a obtenu un DEUG en arts plastiques), puis à l'université d'Aix Marseille où elle a obtenu une maîtrise en sciences et techniques Métiers de l'Image et du Son.

Elle a débuté sa carrière à la CRTV (radio-télévision camerounaise) en tant que productrice de programmes d’information et de magazines d’information tels que « Thermomètre» ou encore «Recto Verso». Elle a créé et animé le programme « Le Français Tel Quel», un magazine sur les spécificités du français parlé au Cameroun, qui la rendra populaire dans tout le pays. Elle occupera ensuite le poste de directrice adjointe chargée de la production, puis le poste stratégique de directrice adjointe chargée du marketing et de la publicité.

Consultante en charge du projet "Maisons des Savoirs" à l'Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF), elle est actuellement chargée des relations publiques à l'ambassade du Cameroun à Paris. Cinéaste et productrice indépendante, elle est la fondatrice de Luman Communications, une société de production et de distribution basée à Yaoundé, au Cameroun.