The Mobile Film Festival has announced the launch of the second edition of the Mobile Film Festival in Africa, after the success of its first African edition in 2021. Comedian Gad Elmaleh will be the head of the jury for this session.
The values that the festival defends are to reveal, support and accompany the talents of tomorrow in the cinema, by providing grants and support to allow the winners to film a professional short film, to indicate the initiators.
As festival founder Bruno Smadja said, “Because African stories must be told by Africans to an African audience. Let us support young cinematic creativity everywhere in Africa.”
The Africa Traveling Film Festival has the honor of being chosen this year as one of the official events of the program “Rabat, African Capital of Culture”.
Since 2005, the Mobile Film Festival has championed the values of accessibility and equality by removing economic restrictions, thanks to the use of mobile phones as well as free festival registration, while promoting the creativity of filmmakers who must tell a story in a minute.
So this second 100% African edition is clear for the Mobile Film Festival. The smallest continent in the world that has pivoted its digital revolution around the mobile phone, Africa is setting out to conquer the world with its creativity and youth. The Mobile Film Festival wishes to support the emergence of this talented young man.
Mobile Film Festival Africa returns with the rules that made it so successful: 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film. The only requirement is that you live on the African continent in order to participate. The theme is free to showcase all the creativity and commitment of African talent.
In addition, to make our festival more accessible and show the richness of different African cultures, filmmakers will be able to present their films in the languages and dialects of their choice. In collaboration with our partner DotSub, the films will then be subtitled in French, English, Arabic and Portuguese to reach the widest audience.
The first edition, which was transmitted by more than 600 institutions in 45 countries, received 500 films from 38 African countries. The official selection, consisting of about fifty films, has been watched online on the festival’s social networks and on YouTube, with 14 million views.
The Grand Prix of Africa is awarded to the Senegalese film “Je suis Liberté” by Marcel Moussa Diouf, with a production grant of €10,000. Marcel Moussa Diouf has written a very beautiful short film about student children in Dakar, “Kollia”, which is currently in development as part of the co-production Burkina (Jiguiya Films) – Senegal (Sangomart Original and Salndu Prodiffusion) – France (Good Rush / Mobile Film Festival) . Kolia’s script is supported by the Fonds de la Jeune Création Francophone (JCF) with a grant of €30,000. The movie will be shot in 2023.
The winners will be selected by an eminent jury representing the diversity of African cinemas. By partnering with us, it gives us access to the next generation:
Gad Elmaleh, the Moroccan comedian, actor and director, will be the head of the jury
Samia Acario: Moroccan actress, screenwriter and director
Sofia Alaoui, Moroccan director and screenwriter
– Françoise Elong Gomez, screenwriter and director of Benin-Cameroonian descent
Rafiki Faryala, Congolese director and singer
– Phoebe Coria, Kenyan producer
On the occasion of this second edition, the winners will be awarded $46,000 in scholarships. Nine prizes will be awarded related to grants that allow the winners to produce a film by professional means and with the help of an African producer.
This year, in honor of Rabat, the African Capital of Culture, the Morocco Grand Prix will be dedicated to Moroccan talent, embodying the richness of Moroccan cinematic creativity.
Africa Grand Prize: $10,000
Morocco Grand Prize: $10,000
Francophone Film Prize: $5,000 in partnership with TV5 Monde
ACP-EU Culture Prize: $5,000 funded by the ACP-EU Culture Program
Screenplay Award: $5,000 with support from Canal+
Director’s Prize: $5,000
Documentary Prize: $5,000, $500 for Best Actress and Best Actor