Genre : Awards lists
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Release/publication date : 2015
Published on : 17/04/2015

Congratulations to African and African diaspora filmmakers for their films' being nominated for competition in the Sembene Ousmane Films for Development Awards to be held during ZIFF 2015!


All the 16 films will be shown to the Jury in one sitting (one day) but filmmakers will not be allowed to present them, so as to give all the films a level playing field. 


The 3 winning films will be awarded the Prize on 25th July and then shown in the Old Fort Amphitheatre on the closing Night on 26th July. 




Lesley: Victor Okoye Frank, USA / 15 min

O Canto da Iona: Thiago B. Mendonca, Brazil / 25 min

Maruna: Molly Kane, Senegal / 15 min

Aisaa's Story: Iquo B Essien, USA / 15 min

Madama Esther: Luck Razanajaona, Madagascar / 15 min

The Traveller: Victoria Dogbe, Ghana / 9 min

Damaru: Agbor Obed, Cameroon / 24 min

Houkak: Younes Youfsi, Morocco / 17 min

Kwaku: Anthony Nti, Ghana / 16 min

Samaki Mchangani: Amil Shivji, Tanzania, 30min

Kilimo 2: Neema & Warren Reed, Tanzania / 6 min

Liberte Emprisonnee: Sara Mikayel, Senegal /16min

Soko Sonko: Ekwa Msangi, Kenya / 22 min

Uthando: Tulanana Bohela, South Africa, 20min

Grandma Knows Best?: Tamara Dawit, Ethiopia, 16min


Vitrin, Regis Talia, Cameroon, 15min



About the GIZ and ZIFF Partnership

The Project is sponsored by The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as part of German Cooperation in Tanzania and the East African Community (EAC), while ZIFF is the longest running film-festival in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition. Partnerships with African and European television channels, which would like to show the winning films are also being considered and encouraged. ZIFF is sponsored by ZUKU through a 10 year contract that runs through 2021.



  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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