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15 December 2018

African Diasporas. TV5Monde. Mariannes Noires: Mame-Fatou Niang, Kaytie Nielsen - Femmes noires et flamboyantes (Podcast)

TV5Monde. Mariannes Noires:
Mame-Fatou Niang, Kaytie Nielsen

 Femmes noires et flamboyantes - Podcast ci-après

Mariannes Noires - 2017 - 77min - Diaspora

Recent violence and growing nationalism in France have brought fierce debates about the country’s identity to the forefront. In Mariannes noires, seven different French-born women of African descent confront their own unique identities and challenge the expectations of French society. In this documentary, they take us through their battles and retrace their most grueling paths in order to understand the social confines that have affected them professionally, psychologically, and emotionally. They share their ideas and solutions to France’s most daunting issues at the heavy intersection of racism and misogyny, and they bravely lead the way forward.

Elles sont artistes, entrepreneures, intellectuelles, et nous parlent de leur quotidien, de leurs aspirations et de leurs combats. Une chose ressort de ces entretiens : elles sont françaises. Naturellement. Sans questions. Pourtant, leur francité baigne, naît et s’épanouit dans des différences culturelles et esthétiques que la France a encore du mal à intégrer. Mariannes noires, ce sont sept récits qui s’enlacent et se font écho afin de lever le voile sur une histoire, celle d’une France multiculturelle qui n’est plus à imaginer, une France qui doute, hoquette et s’épanouit dans la vie de jeunes femmes aux parcours à la fois atypiques et ordinaires.

Diasporas : Mariannes Noires


Also see: Femmes noires et flamboyantes | Un podcast à soi (7) - ARTE Radio Podcast

14 December 2018

Cairo International Women’s Film Festival: Rough Cut Workshop for Arab Women Filmmakers (2019) Deadline 7 January 2019

Cairo International Women’s Film Festival Rough Cut Workshop for
Arab Women Filmmakers (2019)

Deadline 7 January 2019

The Rough-Cut Workshop is an audiovisual consultation offered to women filmmakers who are in the phase of working on the first rough-cut of their cinematographic work and need support regarding the content and the development of their film on an artistic and editing level.

Six Arab women filmmakers working on the rough-cut of their films, will be selected. The workshop will allow them to engage in discussions of each other’s audiovisual works and to debate its different elements. They will also be discussing their works with an international jury made up of film critics, directors and editors.

The festival will cover the travel and accommodation expenses of the selected filmmakers.

Apply Now

For more information

07 December 2018

(Re)Discover Claudine Ndimbira

(Re)Discover Claudine Ndimbira
Updated to include: Profile of Claudine Ndimbira from Women's Voices Now

Ndimbira Claudine (Shenge Intare) is a young Rwandan female filmmaker residing in Kigali. At the age of 15, she began writing stories. In 2012, she began taking short courses in digital film making at the Kwetu Film Institute after high school. In March 2013, she participated in the animation workshop at the Luxor International Film Festival. In July 2013 she wrote and directed her first short film called “My mother, My hero” in a workshop called Girls Make Movies, during the Rwanda Film Festival.

From March-August 2014, as coordinator for the short film project “Shed Light on Your Rights,” she produced two fiction films, “Impuruza” and “She,” and directed another film called “SHE.” Ndimbira has participated in several workshops by the Europäisches Filmzentrum Babelsberg (EFB) in partnership with Kwetu Film Institute, where she directed her first short documentary Hora Mama.

Hora Mama was inspired by the complex reality for poor mothers. A mother can care so deeply about her daughter that she prostitutes herself. A mother can thrive in a life that she does not want her children to live. A mother can be broken but never cry. Ndimbira has developed a relationship with Mahoro, the mother in “Hora Mama,” and finds that the story of her struggle has forever affected her understanding of reality for women. The film may be viewed at:
Image: Maisha Lab

Claudine Ndimbira's experimental documentary Lend Me Your Voice, was released in 2022. Excerpt of the description of the film: In this intimate documentary essay, the director Claudine Ndimbira had the young woman tell her testimony through a group of readers. These men and women who know neither Akili nor her past, but they will develop with her, over the course of reading her story, a deep bond of empathy.

This article was originally posted as:
Claudine Ndimbira : Support her film project “Living like a shadow” about the LGBTQ community in Rwanda

Claudine Ndimbira had this to say about the film project:
With this project “Living like a shadow” I want to give the voice to LGBTQ community members in Rwanda to tell their stories, what they have been through, what they wish their lives could be but also to the society so that they say what is the reason why they think being gay is a problem to them.

“Living like a shadow” is a 90 minutes film that will follow the lives of 3 characters. Even if some have similar issues or experiences – like living a double love life due to what the society expects from them or being judged often, each one of them has a unique story.

Excerpt from Director’s Statement
I want to make this film to shed light on that issue so that it can start a conversation. People fear what they don’t understand or what they refuse to understand but at the end of the day the solution is to talk about it and react positively.

26 November 2018

African Women in Cinema Blog - Updates | Actualités - 23-11-2018 - News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités

News around the Internet |
Les infos autour de l’Internet

 Content | Contenu

Watch Films by Womxn Directors
Girls in Film in Mauritius
RECIDAK 2018 - La remise de distinctions | Presentation of Awards
Visions de femmes
Queen of Zambian TV Becky Ngoma
Joburg Film Festival Women’s Event

Watch Films by Womxn Directors
SWIFTHOUR@ARIFF Africa Rising International Film Festival
27-28 November 2018

Girls in Film in Mauritius
Workshop 22-23 November 2018. Organised by Festival Île Courts. Represents, champions and connects the new generation of female-identified creatives in the film industry.
Source: Facebook GiF: Girls in Film 

RECIDAK 2018 - La remise de distinctions | Presentation of Awards
To Oumy Sy and Annette Mbaye d’Erneville, fondatrice des | Founder of RECIDAK. 24-28 November. 

Visions de femmes
Pour sa troisième édition, l’IFC de Pointe-Noire met en avant les productions féminines. 19-24- Novembre. Insititut Français-Pointe-Noire du Congo

Queen of Zambian TV Becky Ngoma
By Jolezya Adeyemo

Joburg Film Festival Women’s Event
Panel Discussion with Speakers: Lebo Mashile, Gail Smith Sheila Munyiva (Rafiki Lead Actress) 11 November 2018.

The Durban International Film Festival submissions for films for the 2019 edition of the festival are open!

The Durban International Film Festival submissions for films for the 2019 edition of the festival are open!

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival from 18-28 July 2019 under the theme Reimaging DIFFerent.

With screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, containing as always a special focus on both South African and African films, the festival exhibits films in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is the premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.

As the DIFF turns a historic 40, we use this 2019 festival to celebrate a legacy of supporting South African and African film makers and our partnership with a global film industry. We are ReimagingAfrican cinema as we recognize DIFF as a platform that opens space to discover, birth, seek out, and hear new and established film voices. We celebrate the decolonising of the embedded canonical film centres globally as we return to the need to find the hidden gems and create a platform where new film voices are discovered and born – this is the onward journey of the DIFF.
DIFF is looking for films that are the solution to questions yet to be formulated, a curated showcase of films that are part of a paradigm shift, the very best the African continent has on offer.

Only films completed in 2018 and 2019 and there is no charge for entry. Submissions will be accepted via an ONLINE SCREENER. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Submission page at

The deadline for all entries is 15 March 2019.

Each edition of the festival features an extensive Industry Programme with seminars and workshops comprised of both local and international filmmakers and industry professionals. The programme is made up of the 12th Talents Durban (19 to 24 July 2019), presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, and the 10th Durban FilmMart (19 to 23 July 2019), presented in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.

For more information visit or email

25 November 2018

Creative Documentary Workshop for Women Filmmakers – Deadline 13 December 2018 – Cairo International Women’s Film Festival

Creative Documentary Workshop for Women Filmmakers – Deadline 13 December 2018 – Cairo International Women’s Film Festival

The Creative Documentary Workshop for Women Filmmakers is a five-months training on artistic techniques of directing, editing, cinematography and production, offered within the framework of the Caravan "Between Women Filmmakers", with the aim of improving the skills and capacities of Egypt’s new women filmmakers.

The participants of this workshop will be tutored by several Arab and international women film professionals on how to write, direct, shoot and edit creative documentaries. The teaching method will rely on continuous practice—incorporating many hand-on assignments throughout the workshop. These assignments are, moreover, designed to be implemented in groups to strengthen collective thinking during the learning and production processes.

An important goal of the workshop is also to guide the participants to reflect on the elements that are most important in the production processes so that the final product can provoke the critical engagement of its audience.

Terms and Conditions

- The total duration of the creative documentary workshop is five months starting 13 January 2019 (5 days a week, 5 hours a day). The Workshop sessions will be conducted Sundays to Thursdays, in the evenings.

- It is obligatory that all sessions are attended throughout the five months.
- The workshop is offered free of charge.

- Participants from outside Cairo will need to cover their transportation and accommodation costs, as the workshop does not have the means to cover these additional expenses.

- Participants have to be women between the age of 23 and 40.

- The final selection of participants will be done on two consecutive phases:

 - Phase one:  Prior to receiving the application forms, interviews will be conducted on 15 December based on which around 20 participants will be chosen for the first week of the workshop.

- Phase two: those selected in phase one will participate in the first week of the workshop, starting 13 January. Participants will be introduced to basic concepts of creative documentary filmmaking and briefed about the content and structure of the workshop. This week will also be used as an assessment period based on which only eight of the participants will be selected for the whole five-months workshop.

- The eight final participants will receive additional information on the workshop program, the dates and times. 

For more information please contact:

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).

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: Partir? (To Leave?)

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

The post was initially a call to support the crowfunding campaign for the film Partir?, which was successfully funded. The film has been released with much success as well. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2018: “Living Legends”, Akosua-Asamoabea Ampofo, USA

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

Living Legends, 2018
Akosua-Asamoabea Ampofo

Akosua Asamoabea Ampofo is a film student at Bryn Mawr College and also a client at Blue Sage. On April 21, 2018, she filmed a project at Blue Sage called "Living Legends".

This is how Akosua describes it: "This film project seeks to follow the journey of hip-hop as a means to express some of the sentiments and social influences of rap and hip hop and how it has been and continues to be used as a mouthpiece to tell the stories of young black people (in particular), by following a Philadelphia based rap group called Hardwork Movement. Hardwork Movement is a group that “is inclusive, original, and inspires all listeners to strive towards uniqueness in all that they do”. In order to see how these themes in rap have been communicated to people, this film will also talk to people in the Philadelphia area, discussing the legacy of hip hop and what it means to them as individuals and as members of the greater American community."

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2018: “Instincts”, Cecilia Oppong-Badu, Ghana

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

Cecilia Oppong-Badu

Akosua Prempeh is awakened to the realization that in spite of her success in business, her family will consider her an unworthy woman if she does not get married. Akosua is in a dilemma of choosing Owen, her expatriate partner who seems the most eligible bachelor or Kwame, her supplier of artifacts who appears abrasive and coarse in mannerisms.

Cecilia Oppong-Badu carries out the duties of the chief justice on the NAFTI (National Film and Television Institute) Student’s representative council.

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2018: “Red”, Comfort Arthur, Ghana

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

Red, 2018
Comfort Arthur

Red is a semi-biographical short film about the filmmaker’s childhood memories of her father.

Comfort Arthur is a British Ghanaian Animator, Illustrator, Editor, Writer and Actress. Winner of Best Animation at the GMA 2016 and AMAA nominee 2016. (Text from Facebook Page)

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2018: “The African Who Wanted to Fly”, Samantha Biffot, Gabon

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

The African Who Wanted to Fly
Samantha Biffot

The African Who Wanted to Fly tells the incredible true story of Luc Bendza, a young Gabonese boy who discovers Kung Fu after watching the film The Big Boss and deciding he wants to “fly” like Bruce Lee and devote his life to the martial arts. At the age of 15, he sets off for China to make his dreams come true. He joins the prestigious wushu martial arts academy, and under the tutelage of Grand Master Meng Huifang, Luc eventually becomes number one in an art form that had previously never counted an African in its midst.

In 2010 Samantha Biffot cofounded Princesse M Productions. She wrote and directed the series "L'oeil de la Cité", which was awarded the best TV series prize at Fespaco in 2013. In addition, she co-wrote and directed the adaptation of the successful Gabonese TV show "Parents Mode d'Emploi".

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2018: “Xoese”, Gloria Eva Adotevi, Ghana

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

Gloria Eva Adotevi

An ex-convict is out of prison with high hopes of starting life afresh but a is met with hostility from her family and community.

Gloria Eva Adotevi is a freelance filmmaker as well as office manager for the Ndiva Women’s Film Festival.

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2018: “Mira”, Najaat Hussein, Ghana

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

Mira, 2018
Najaat Hussein

A girl forced out of her dreams due to a superior command.


Najaat Hussein is a film-directing student of National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), she participated in FACE OF NAFTI beauty pageant and film contest organised by NAFTI's Student Representative Council abbreviated NSRC. NSRC trained Najaat and gave her all the needed support to shoot her own film just as it did to all nine contestants. Najaat won the film-making contest and beauty pageant with her film; MIRA. (Source:

Image: Compiled from screenshots of film

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2018: “Waithira”, Eva Munyiri, Kenya

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

Waithira, 2017
Eva Munyiri

Eva Njoki Munyiri left her birth country, Kenya, aged 14 and has lived in 3 different continents since then, leaving her somewhat “rootless”. 

Her journey to discover who her paternal grandmother, named Waithira, was leads her to Germany, Wales and Kenya where three women (her eldest sister and two cousins) named Waithira after their grandmother live. 

The director weaves a tapestry of two generations of African women from the fragments of these three women’s lives as well as the recollections of her uncle Kamau an eighty-year old man who lives on the family’s traditional land in Kenya.

Waithira explores the director’s intimate history and its intersections with forgotten Kenyan history, pop culture and the diaspora. The film thus seeks to investigate how our known, unknown and imagined past impacts our lives.

Eva Munyiri is a Kenyan documentary filmmaker and producer based in Mexico City.
Her first feature Waithira was in competition at the Durban International Film Festival (2017), and selected to the Encounters Documentary Film Festival 2017. It is distributed by Rushlake Media.
Her short film Bankslave part of the web documentary Défense d’Afficher won the France24/RFI prize at the Visa pour l’Image Festival Perpignan in 2012 and was selected to dozens of international festivals, amongst them the Callegenera Festival de Expresiones Urbanas (Mexico 2013) and Mostra Caradura Festival Internacional de Film de Arte Urbana (Rio, Brazil).

Her short film Liquid shot in Madhya Pradesh, India has been used in the Basic Income debate in India and France. She has made two short films for ATD Fourth World on issues of extreme poverty in Tanzania.

Eva has worked as a researcher, producer and curator in South Africa, France and Mexico.
She collaborated with Chimurenga, a Pan African writing, art, and politics collective, to bring their radio station PASS (Pan African Space Station) to the Tamayo Museum one of Mexico City´s leading public contemporary art museums 2017.

She is currently in development for a feature documentary on the town of Cheran in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. 

Waithira - Trailer from Rushlake Media on Vimeo.

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2018: “Whispering Truth to Power”, Shameela Seedat, South Africa

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

Whispering Truth to Power, 2018
Shameela Seedat
South Africa/Netherlands

Whispering Truth to Power” tells the dramatic story of Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s first female Public Protector. It’s an official position similar to an Ombud. Madonsela fought against corruption amongst the country’s most powerful politicians at great personal cost.

The film is part portrait; we see her as a boss, mother, and public hero. It also plays out as a gripping political dramaMadonsela ends her last year in office with a dramatic final battle against the country’s President, who has been accused of colluding with a wealthy family to “capture the state.”

Shameela Seedat is a human rights law specialist turned filmmaker from South Africa. Since she began documentary filmmaking, Seedat has been commissioned by various local and international television stations. “Whispering Truth to Power” is her feature-length debut.

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2018: “Edwen, Grey Hair: Blessing or Curse”, Elsie Obeng Kwakye, Ghana

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

Edwen, Grey Hair: Blessing or Curse, 2018
Elsie Obeng Kwakye

Edwen, Grey Hair: Blessing or Curse, tells the plight of six less privileged aging women from a shantytown in Accra and the Gambaga witches camp. The documentary touches on the lives of these women from childhood through adulthood and narrows it down to their present situations as less privileged aging women living in a developing country. Also, it digs down into that ugly part of culture, that has put the lives of some of these women in danger: infringing on their basic human rights and how some of these women have lived decades in fear in this 21st century and have left several others on the run (fleeing from their homes) and displaced. (Source: Vimeo)

Elsie Obeng-Kwakye obtained a BFA Film/Television Production at NAFTI in Ghana. She directed the innovative show Mystery Basket Junior, a children’s cooking show produced by Eisle Produktion.

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2018: “Din’nche”, Najilau Dramundu, Ghana

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

Din’nche, 2017
Najilau Dramundu

Zak, a JHS teacher living in Sokamya is motivated by his desire to save a younger friend Pagnaa, 15 from a marriage to Alhaji Mununi, 72. By following a phone number on a newspaper Zak finally gets help to not only save Pagnaa but spark a campaign against the practice of child marriage in his community.

Director’s profile
Najilau Dramundu had this to say about her work: ““I’m obsessed with the idea of being able to manipulate events in your own way…Animation is fascinating…it’s like you’re God, you can create whatever you want whenever you want.”

Dramundu wants to do more than preserve Ghanaian culture with her work. She hopes to address body image issues that are being exasperated by social media and are affecting the younger generation in her hometown, Tamale, in the northern part of the country.

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