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Goodbye Julia

12 Wins & 5 Nominations

Producer: Amjad Abu Alala

Director: Mohamed Kordofani

Writer: Mohamed Kordofani

Year at DFM: 2020


Just before the secession of South Sudan, a married former singer from the north seeks redemption for causing the death of a southern man by hiring his oblivious wife as her maid.


Mami Wata

7 Wins & 13 Nominations

Mami Wata

Producer: Oge Obasi

DirectorC.J ‘Fiery’ Obasi

WriterC.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi

Year at DFM: 2019


When the harmony in a village is threatened by outside elements, two sisters must fight to save their people and restore the glory of a mermaid goddess to the land.



1 Win & 4 Nominations


Producer: Marion Isaacs

DirectorMilisuthando Bongela

WriterMilisuthando Bongela

Year at DFM: 2018


Set in past, present, and future South Africa. An invitation into a poetic, memory-driven exploration of love, intimacy, race, and belonging by the filmmaker, who grew up during apartheid but didn’t know it was happening until it was over.


Eat Bitter

2 Nominations

Eat Bitter

Producer: Mathieu  Faure

DirectorsPascale Appora GnekindyNingyi Sun

WritersMathieu  FaureMathieu  FaurePascale Appora Gnekindy

Year at DFM: 2021


Against the backdrop of civil war in the Central African Republic, a Chinese construction manager and an African laborer work on opposite ends of the spectrum to construct a sparkling new bank. As deadlines approach, unexpected twists threaten their jobs, relationships and plans for a better life.


The Mother of All Lies

8 Wins & 5 Nominations

The Mother of All Lies

Producers: Asmae El Moudir, Silvana Santamaria

DirectorsAsmae El Moudir

WritersAsmae El Moudir

Year at DFM: 2021


A Moroccan woman’s search for truth tangles with a web of lies in her family history. As a daughter and filmmaker, she fuses personal and national history as she reflects on the 1981 Bread Riots, drawing out connections to modern Morocco.


Lobola, A Bride's True Price?

3 Wins & 3 Nominations

Lobola: A bride's True Price

Producers: Sihle Hlophe

DirectorsSihle Hlophe

Year at DFM: 2017


March 2014. Filmmaker Sihle Hlophe has just gotten engaged to her boyfriend, Pule Moswane. A few days later, her father passes away. Sihle is in a serious fix – who will receive the bride price now that her father is no more? In Southern Africa and various other parts of the continent, bride price or lobola is a cultural practice that unifies the families of two people who want to get married and their respective ancestors. The process involves the groom-to-be paying a ‘price’ in the form of livestock, money or both, to the family of the bride-to-be. Sihle respects bride price but she has reservations about the transactional, patriarchal and heteronormative elements of the practise. January 2018. Sihle decides to forgo bride price. Although Pule supports her decision, he is worried about how the elders families will react.


Trash Cemetary

Pitching at the Medimed Doc Market 2023

Producer/Director: Firas Rebii

Producer: Dhia Rebii

Year at DFM: 

Once a heavenly small town on the outskirts of Tunis city, El Attar turned into a living hell after the opening of Tunisia’s biggest landfill on its doorsteps.

Beyond the Light Barrier

1 Win



Year at DFM: 

A legendary meteorologist spends her days on earth attempting to convince the world that her alien lover from an advanced human race existed, and held the only solutions to all our problems on earth.

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