5 June 2019


Entries Open for the Cotonou International Women's Film Festival

 Contonu Film festival

 In an exciting addition to the African film festival calendar, the first edition of the Cotonou International Women's Film Festival (FIFF Cotonou) will take place on September 13th to 17th, 2019 in Cotonou, Benin.

The FIFF Cotonou is the first Beninese film festival dedicated to women and will highlight the work of creative and innovative women filmmakers from across Africa. Women filmmakers are invited to submit their films for selection in the festival, with the deadline for submissions on May 31st 2019.

For more information on the festival to to submit films, visit the website: Ecranbenin.net

The Cotonou International Women's Film Festival is one of the festivals in the Ladima Foundation’s network of women-focused and managed film festivals that also includes; The Udada International Film Festival (Kenya), The Urusaru International Women’s Film Festival (Rwanda), and Celebrating Womanhood Festival (Uganda). The Ladima Foundation https://www.ladima.africa/ is working with these festivals as part of their program to support women in the film industry in Africa.

The festival will create opportunities for audiences and filmmakers, and as such will enable a new dynamic, a new breath of life into Beninese and female cinema. The festival will screen short feature films and documentaries directed and / or produced by women and will also include discussions and talks relating to the films and the theme of 2019.

This first edition’s theme will focus on how violence against women is addressed in cinematographic works in general and how it is represented by women in particular. According to UN estimates, 35% of women experience violence at least once in their lives. Every day, women are beaten, raped, marginalized, and discriminated against. It is therefore important that the film industry addresses this theme to raise public awareness and denounce these acts of violence.

Included in the program will be an evening focused on the films of the godmother of the festival, Madame Akissi Delta, who will also be in attendance. Madame Akissi Delta, best known for her role in the famous Ivorian series “Ma Famille.” Additionally, the festival will feature a master class on the theme of violence against women in the cinema. Claire Diao, journalist, cinema critic, distributer and CEO of Awotele will facilitate this master class. She will engage with film professionals and the public on the theme of VFFF, on how this issue is addressed in the cinema and how film can play a role in the fight against violence against women.

The films will also awarded prizes by the official Festival juries composed of five film professionals each. Five prizes will be awarded during a ceremony held on the last day of the festival.


The MultiChoice Talent Factory is once again looking for 60 young and aspiring filmmakers from across Africa to attend its year-long, sponsored film academy.

Young filmmakers across Africa have until 14 June to apply for a place and to be a part of the second year of MultiChoice Africa's film academy, the MultiChoice Talent Factory, with 60 students from across Southern Africa, West Africa and East Africa who will be chosen and given a year-long filmmaking enrichment course.

Twenty filmmakers will get to attend the MultiChoice Talent Factory in Lusaka, Zambia; Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria at the respective academies.

People who want to apply can register here  for a full year of sponsored training with film industry professionals.

Launched in May 2018 as part of MultiChoice Africa’s ground-breaking new African film industry support plan, any emerging filmmakers with either some industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification in filmmaking can apply for this exciting opportunity.

They will get to hone their television and film production skills under the guidance and mentorship of industry experts Femi Odugbemi at the Lagos hub, Njoki Muhoho at the Nairobi hub and Berry Lwando at the Lusaka hub.

The inaugural MultiChoice Talent Factory class of 2018 already worked behind-the-scenes and got practical experience working on shows ranging from the telenovela Selina and top shows Pambio Live and The Turn Up in East Africa, Nigeria’s soaps like Tinsel and Battleground and music show ZED Top 10, as well as the reality TV show Date My Family in Zambia.

The MultiChoice Talent Factory class of 2019 will have the same opportunities, and reap the benefits of the additional ground-breaking partnership between the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy and the world-renowned New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA), which was announced in April.

The 60 students - 20 for each region - will be selected from 13 African countries, excluding South Africa that has the similar M-Net Magic in Motion Academy, where MultiChoice operates for the year-long programme that starts in October 2019.

Countries in West Africa include Nigeria and Ghana; with East Africa including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania; and Southern Africa including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique.

People who are interested or have questions can send email to info@multichoicetaneltfactory.com