Launching the second edition of the Mobile Film Festival in Africa

Launching the second edition of the Mobile Film Festival in Africa

After the success of the first African edition in 2021, the Mobile Film Festival has announced the launch of the second edition of the Mobile Film Festival in Africa. This came through a press release dated February 20, 2023.

Revealing, supporting and accompanying the talents of tomorrow in cinema by providing grants and support to allow the winners to shoot a professional short film. These are the values ​​that the Mobile Film Festival Africa stands for. According to festival founder Bruno Smadja, “Africans should tell African stories to African audiences.” “Let’s support youth filmmaking everywhere in Africa,” he said. This year, the Africa Mobile Film Festival has been selected as one of the official events of the “Rabat, African Capital of Culture” programme. “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 fostering the creativity of filmmakers who must tell a story in a minute,” the press release reports. The Mobile Film Festival wishes to support the emergence of talented young people in Africa.

1 mobile, 1 minute, 1 movie

Mobile Film Festival Africa returns with the rules that made it so successful: 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film. To participate, you must live on the African continent. The theme is free to showcase all the creativity and commitment of African talent. Filmmakers will be able to submit their films in the languages ​​and dialects of their choice. In collaboration with partner DotSub, the films will then be subtitled in French, English, Arabic and Portuguese to reach the widest audience. The call for films is open through April 4, 2023. The online festival is scheduled to feature 50 films in official selection from May 3 to 31, 2023.

The awards ceremony will take place on June 8th at the Renaissance Cinema in Rabat, in the presence of an exceptional jury. Gad Elmaleh, a Moroccan comedian, actor and director, is the president of the festival’s jury. He will be with Samia Acario, Moroccan actress, screenwriter and director, Sofia Alaoui, Moroccan director and screenwriter, Françoise Elong Gomez, Beninese-Cameroonian screenwriter and director, Rafiki Faryala, Congolese director and singer, and Phoebe Kyoria, Kenyan producer.

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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 Prize: $5,000 in partnership with TV5 Monde, ACP – European Union Cultural Prize: $5,000 with support from the ACP-EU Culture Programme, Screenplay: $5,000 with support from Canal+, Director’s Prize: $5,000, Documentary Prize: $5,000 plus $500 for Best Actress and Best Actor awards.

In partnership with LAFAAAC, a mobile application for training in cultural professions, all participants will be rewarded. Filmmakers who submit a film will benefit from a 50% discount on access to a training course in the “Cinema” section. Selected managers will have access to the course for free. Also, winners will have unlimited access to over 100 courses in the LAFAAAC catalog. They can even participate in the following exercises as experts.

About the 2021 edition

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 Burkina (Geguia Films) – Senegal (Sangomart Original and Salndu Prodiffusion) – Co-production from 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.

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