African women in cinema-focused events and initiatives immediately emerged on the virtual screen scene. As a tribute, on 12 May 2020, the feminist film journal Another Gaze hosted the Zoom panel presentation, "The Legacies of Sarah Maldoror", which was followed by hundreds of spectators. The first Zoom e-conference,"Porter haut et fort la voix des femmes dans les cinémas d'Afrique" (Women's voices heard loud and clear in the cinemas of Africa) of the Pavillon des Cinémas d'Afrique in a Programme of Roundtables organized by the ACA-Agence Culturelle Africaine, was held on 22 June 2020. Producer, director, actress, film critic, came together to discuss their experiences and concerns in the world of cinema. Also in June, Ladima Foundation and DW Akademie sponsored the African Women in the Time of COVID-19 Short Film Competition, the films of the winners were screened via the internet. In August during Women's Month, the Gauteng Film Commission organized the Virtual Women's Audio-Visual Festival showcasing the work and efforts of women in the film and television sector in Gauteng, South Africa using virtual platforms across popular social media channels. The New York-based Reel Sisters 2020 held the Virtual Film Festival and Lecture Series from 24-25 October through 17 November. Founder, Karine Barclais's Pavillon Afriques is putting forward-looking strategies in place anticipating a post-Covid future for African cinemas. These are among the many others that continue to emerge. The New York African Film Festival held its 27th Edition in 2020 as a virtual event under the banner Streaming Rivers: The Past into the Present. In addition, also in 2020, the Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA) of South Africa sponsored a Short Film Grant under the theme, "Also see Life, Love, Rifts and Rage in the Time of Covid-19". Grantees include Sihle Hlope (Lindela Under Lockdown) and Omelga Mthiyane (Umngcwabo | The funeral).
Following is a selection of related articles published on the African Women in Cinema Blog
Omelga Mthiyane: Lefu – The Funeral
Fanta Régina Nacro : We are destined to come together to prevail against Covid-19 | Nous sommes condamnés à gagner ensemble contre le Covid-19
New York African Film Festival 2020 Goes Virtual with Streaming Rivers: The Past into the Present
The Gauteng Film Commission on Women’s Month 2020 - South Africa
African Women in the time of COVID-19 : 10 selected films announced
Conférence du Pavillon des Cinémas d'Afrique : Programme Tables Rondes : "Porter haut et fort la voix des femmes dans les cinémas d'Afrique" (Women's voices heard loud and clear in the cinemas of Africa)
African Women in the Time of COVID-19 : A Short Film Competition | Les femmes africaines aux temps de COVID-19 - Un concour de courts métrages
iFilm Conference: The Future of Women in African Cinema 2020 organized by the PanAfrican Film Consortium. May 29.
Reflections on Another Gaze presents: The Legacies of Sarah Maldoror (1929–2020) - 12 May 2020
Updated 17 January 2021