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.

25 February 2017

Les Femmes d’Afrique aux César 2017 : Palmarès | Women of Africa at the César 2017 Awards

Les Femmes d’Afrique aux César : Palmarès  
Women of Africa at the César Awards

Best First film - Meilleur Premier film
Divines by/de Houda Benyamina

Best Supporting Actress - Meilleure Actrice dans un second rôle
Déborah Lukumuena (Divines)

Most Promising Actress - Espoir féminin
Oulaya Amamra (Divines)

Best Short film - Meilleur Film de court métrage (ex aequo)
Maman(s) by/de Maïmouna Doucouré et Vers la tendresse (Towards Tenderness) by/d’Alice Diop

In a suburb where trafficking and religion run side by side, Dounia is eager for power and success. Supported by Maimouna, her best friend, she decides to follow in the footsteps of Rebecca, a respected dealer. But when Dounia meets Djigui, a young sensuous dancer, her daily life is disrupted.

Dans une banlieue où se côtoient trafics et religion, Dounia a soif de pouvoir et de réussite. Soutenue par Maimouna, sa meilleure amie, elle décide de suivre les traces de Rebecca, une dealeuse respectée. Sa rencontre avec Djigui, un jeune danseur troublant de sensualité, va bouleverser sa vie.

Best First film - Meilleur Premier film 
Divines by/de Houda Benyamina

Best Supporting Actress - Meilleure Actrice dans un second rôle
Déborah Lukumuena (Divines)

Most Promising Actress - Espoir féminin
Oulaya Amamra (Divines)

Maman(s):  Maïmouna Doucouré et Vers la tendresse (Towards Tenderness): Alice Diop

Maman(s) by/de Maïmouna Doucouré

Eight-year-old Aida lives in an apartment in a suburb of Paris. The day her father returns from his trip to Senegal, their country of origin, the daily life of Aida and the whole family is totally disrupted: the father did not return alone, he was accompanied by a young Senegalese woman, Rama, who he presents as his second wife. Aida, sensitive to her mother’s suffering, decides to get rid of the newcomer.

Aida, huit ans, habite un appartement de banlieue parisienne. Le jour où son père rentre de son voyage au Sénégal, leur pays d'origine, le quotidien d'Aida et de toute la famille est complètement bouleversé : le père n'est pas revenu seul, il est accompagné d'une jeune sénégalaise, Rama, qu'il présente comme sa seconde femme. Aida, sensible au désarroi de sa mère, décide alors de se débarrasser de la nouvelle venue.

Vers la tendresse (Towards Tenderness) by/d’Alice Diop

Alice Diop:
"Towards tenderness - four young men speaking freely, locked in their sexual and romantic representations or on the verge of getting out of it."

"Au cours d'un atelier sur le thème de l'amour, j'ai rencontré quatre jeunes hommes tous originaires de Seine Saint-Denis. J'ai enregistré nos conversations. J'ai eu envie de faire de ces voix un film."

Women of African Descent Film Festival 2017: Call for Entries (USA)

Women of African Descent Film Festival 2017 Call for Entries (USA)

The 16th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival presented by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc. now opens its CALL FOR ENTRIES.

Please contact with questions regarding the festival.


To showcase films which are centered around the theme of Linkages: Women, Their Families, Neighborhoods, and the Global Community, and to support the artistic development of Women filmmakers of African Descent by providing a supportive exhibition platform, offering stipends to participants, and seeking industry opportunities that will help to expose the filmmakers’ works and further their careers.

The Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) is celebrating its 16th Anniversary in 2017. The media constantly bombards us with negative images of people of African descent. Our positive accomplishments, uplifting experiences, and gifts to humanity get little attention. The Brooklyn Chapter believes it is vitally important that our legacy be maintained, nurtured and preserved and it is our responsibility to shape the public’s perception of who we are as a people. Through the medium of film, filmmakers of African descent document and relay the stories of our past, present, and future. They have become the new historians –“preservers of our legacy.” The Brooklyn Chapter realizes that many societal misconceptions start with how we are portrayed in the media. To counteract the adverse portrayal of African Americans in the movies and media, the Brooklyn Chapter, in 2002, initiated Linkages: Women of African Descent Film Festival. By choosing and screening films that depict the positive linkages that women of African descent have to their families, neighborhoods and communities, the film festival is able to effectively influence people’s’ perceptions through the medium of film.

All films must be produced, written or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, must have been completed on or after 1 June 2012, and must be 1 hour at most in length. Submission deadline is Friday, 24 March 2017. Juror’s Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the participating filmmakers.

Local, regional, national and international submissions are accepted.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit a digital and/or online version of their films in a format such as AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, MOV, QT, WMV, AVCHD, FLV, H.264, or DivX. If these file formats do not exist, please submit a link to your film on a site such as Vimeo, YouTube, Dailymotion, or MetaCafe. If applicable, include all passwords for video access.

DVD and VHS copies will not be accepted.

Please note: there is no submission fee. With your playable submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements.

Send all films to:

THE EVENT WADFF 2017 will take place Saturday, 6 May 2017 at LIU Brooklyn (corner of Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues), Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Reading Room, 10am-6pm.

24 February 2017

Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2017 announces the Adiaha Award for Best African Female Documentary Filmmaker - Deadline for submission 15 March 2017

Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2017 announces the Adiaha Award for Best African Female Documentary Filmmaker - Deadline for submission 15 March 2017

Source: Press Release

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is excited to announce a new special jury award category open specifically to women documentary filmmakers from Africa. The Adiaha Award for Best African Female Documentary Filmmaker will be offered for the first time at the 20th edition of ZIFF, taking place from 8-16 July 2017.

Adiaha means first daughter in the Ibibio language of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, not only will the winner be the 1st daughter of African Documentary Filmmaking, but she will also go home with USD2000 cash, a prestigious Adiaha Statue, and a certificate of award.  

The award has been created and sponsored by Edima Otuokon of OMESS (Nigeria) and Lara Preston of Red Flag (South Africa), both entrepreneurial women who have been involved in the film industry for many years and are also actively involved in ZIFF. Recognising a gap within the awards at the festival, Edima and Lara aim to raise the profile on documentary filmmaking on the continent, and more specifically to ensure that more female filmmakers all over Africa get involved in the development of documentaries.

In this the 20th anniversary edition of ZIFF, it is hoped that more female filmmakers than ever will submit films into general competition, as well as in this special category.

Deadline for submission is 15 March 2017

For all submission and related criteria and information please visit and to stay up to date with all the ZIFF news, follow the ZIFF Facebook page:

Mail submissions and accompanying materials (by Tanzanian filmmakers) can be sent to:

Ngome Kongwe (Note: this is the physical address)
Tél: (255) 773 411 499

Lara Preston
Head Cape Town

23 February 2017

Aswan International Woman Film Festival 2017 (Egypt)

Aswan International Woman Film Festival
20-26 February 2017

To connect women in Aswan with AIWFF and also, to encourage women to participate in the festival activities and with the audience. The films presented in the festival are by or about women.

AIWFF includes:
-Seminars on the issues and concerns of women in Aswan
-Roundtable about women and cinema
-Program for women with disabilities in Egyptian cinema


20 February 

Opening Film 
Layla the Bedouin (1944)
Bahiga Hafez (1901–1983) Egypt

21 February

Panel Discussion 
Saving the cinematic heritage of women films

Claire in Motion (2016)
Annie J. Howell, Lisa Robinson L.F (USA)

Under Construction (2015)
Rubaiyat Hossain (Bangladesh)

22 February

Reflections (2016)
Sara Broos (Sweden)

Cheer Up (2016)
Cathy Garland (Finland)

A Wedding | Noces (2016)
Stephan Streker (Belgium)

23 February

Assassin (2015)
Hou Hsiao-Hsien (China)

My Friend from the Park (2015)
Ana Katz (Argentine)

Zbida (2016) 
Yahia Mouzahem (Algeria)

24 February

The Magic Mountain (2015)
Anca Damian (Romania)

The Open Door (2016) 
Marina Seresesky (Spain)

Withered Green (2016)
Mohamad Hamad (Egypt)

25 February

Little Wing (2016)
Selma Vilhunen (Finland) 

The Eagle Huntress (2016)
Otto Bell  (USA)

Accabadora (2016)
Enrico Pau (Italy)

26 February

Closing Ceremony 
Dalida (2016)
Lisa Azuelos (Morocco)

22 February 2017

Wild Track Newsletter #23 February 2017 about African women in cinema in Zimbabwe

Wild Track Newsletter #23 February 2017 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 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.

Current issue #23 contents include:

Texas Tech University: The Spring 2017 Spotlight on African Women Filmmakers

Texas Tech University: The Spring 2017 Spotlight on African Women Filmmakers

International Film Series: The Spring 2017 Spotlight on African Women Filmmakers is sponsored by the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, the TTU Humanities Center, and the TTU Women’s Studies Program.

The purpose of the series is to share stories of Africa and women through the eyes of African women filmmakers. The hope is that the spotlight will help to highlight African cinema. The series opened on 24 January with the screening of Sisters of the Screen (2002) with filmmaker and scholar Beti Ellerson in attendance followed by a public talk on 25 January entitled: African Women in Screen Industries: Evolutions, Trends and Tendencies"- see Facebook link here.


27 February 2017
W.A.K.A. (2014)
Françoise Ellong (Cameroon)

27 March 2017
Ayanda (2015)
Sarah Blecher (South Africa)

10 April 2017
Ta mère! (2015)
Touria Benzari (Morocco)

01 May 2017
Feminism Inshallah: A History Of Arab Feminism (2015)
Feriel Ben Mahmoud (Tunisia)

21 February 2017

FESPACO 2017: Women at the 25th Edition | Les femmes à la 25e édition - Official Selection | Sélection officielle

Women at the 25th Edition | Les femmes à la 25e édition

The African Women in Cinema Blog will follow the current events regarding the filmmakers and their films during the period of FESPACO. Following is the selection of films. 

L’African Women in Cinema Blog va suivre les actualités concernant les réalisatrices et leurs films pendant la période du FESPACO. Voilà ci-dessous les sélections des films.

Yaba Badoe (Ghana)
Jury documentaire et films d’écoles – documentary and film schools

British-Ghanaian Yaba Badoe, is a writer, documentary filmmaker and journalist | Yaba Badoe, britannique-ghanéenne, est ecrivaine, cinéaste documentariste et journaliste. 




La Maladie de la honte by/de Giovannia Atodjinou-zinsou – Institut Supérieur des Métiers de L’audiovisuel (Benin)

La mangrove, une richesse pour le Lac Aheme by/de Blandine Kpade – Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel (Benin)



Yaa by/de Esi Yamoah (Ghana)

Les silences de Lydie* by/d’Aissata Ouarma (Burkina Faso)

*Change of film name | Changement de titre du film : Permis d'exister