The Mobile Film Festival Africa unveils winners in Rabat
The Mobile Film Festival Africa unveiled the winners of its 2023 edition at a prize ceremony held on Thursday, June 8 at the Renaissance cinema in Rabat, an event part of the “Rabat, African Capital of Culture” programme celebrations.
According to an APO Group statement, guests were able to discover all the ﬁlms in this year’s oﬃcial selection (54 ﬁlms from 21 African countries), as well as the prizes awarded by a jury chaired by Gad Elmaleh and including Samia Akarriou, Soﬁa Alaoui, Françoise Ellong, Raﬁki Fariala and Fibby Kioria.
For its second pan-African edition, organised in partnership with United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and the Kingdom of Morocco’s Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, the Mobile Film Festival has set up production grants worth a total of $51,000. These grants will enable the winners to make a ﬁlm with professional resources and support from the Mobile Film Festival. Here are the winners:
Grand Prize Africa ($10,000)- I Have a Dream Too by Sunday Mapya – Tanzania
Grand Prize Morocco ($10,000)- The Guardian of the Walls by Kamal Lougleb – Morocco
This prize is accompanied by a 10-day screenwriting training residency at ENS Louis-Lumière in Paris, oﬀered by the Institut Français du Maroc.
French Speaking Film Award ($5,000)- The Peninsula Dream by Nelly Brun Elvire Behanzin – Benin
This prize, supported by TV5 Monde, is awarded to a ﬁlm from a country member of the International Organization of Francophonie.
ACP – EU Culture Award ($5,000)- PAASWAAAD (Password) by Shandra Daisy Apondi – Kenya
This prize is supported by the ACP-EU Culture program.
Best Script Award ($5,000)- uççş²Iا دq⁄ زي (Like a Matchstick) by Sami Iskander – Egypt
This prize is supported by Canal +.
African Female Director Award ($5,000)- Life in Pink by Vanessa Pellegrin – Morocco
Best Actress Award ($500)- Kenza Salahddine in Life in Pink – Morocco
Documentary Film Award ($5,000)
Blindness by Bongani Ndaba – South Africa
Best Film from the Democratic Republic of the Congo ($ 5,000)
This prize is supported by Rawbank and illicocash.
Best Actor Award ($ 500)- Yakaru Talibé (A Beggar’s Dream) by Abdoul – Senegal
Best Actor Award ($500)
Famille Odiri/Udo in Human Migrant – Morocco
Enthusiasm for this second pan-African edition was evident right from the call for ﬁlms, with a huge turnout (886 ﬁlms from 40 African countries received), and continued throughout the online festival phase, with media coverage across the continent and internationally.
International visibility will be also ensured throughout 2023, with screenings at ﬁlm festivals, associations and cultural institutions, as well as the 600 cinema screens in 31 African countries showing ﬁlms from the oﬃcial selection.
To make them as accessible as possible, the ﬁlms are oﬀered with subtitles in French, English, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish.
One of the speciﬁcities of the Mobile Film Festival is its 100% digital dimension. All the ﬁlms are available on all our social networks (Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok).