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As told by Amadou Hâmpaté Bâ: About his mother, Kadidia Pâté’s first experience with cinema in 1934 (Mali).


Annette Mbaye d'Erneville of Senegal, pioneer journalist, film critic, film festival organizer and cultural activist, studies journalism in Paris beginning in the late 1940s and is actively involved in the intellectual life of the 1950s. She returns to Senegal afterwards.

Guadeloupian Sarah Maldoror creates a theater group with African and Caribbean colleagues in the mid-1950s among the members are Timité Bassori and Ababacar Samb, who would later become her filmmaker colleagues.

Annette Mbabye d’Erneville, with friends, launches the revue, Femmes de Soleil in 1957.


1963 – Journalist Thérèse Sita-Bella (Cameroon) directs the 30-minute documentary entitled Tam Tam à Paris.  The film documents the National Dance Company of Cameroon during its tour in Paris.

1964Awa, la revue de la femme noire, created by Anne Mbaye d’Erneville, 1964-1973, Senegal. Renamed from the former revue Femmes de Soleil.

1965 – Women journalists and presenters featured in Awa Magazine.


First World Festival of Black Arts, Dakar, Senegal. Senegalese Safi Faye serves as guide/hostess during the Festival.

Release of La Noire de… by Ousmane Sembene. Mbissine Thérèse Diop (Senegal) plays the role of the protagonist Diouana.

Zalika Souley (Niger) begins her pioneering career as actor in the film
Retour d’un aventurier by Mustapha Alassane.

African actresses featured in Awa Magazine.

1967 – Efua Sutherland (Ghana) produces Arabia: The Village Story, a major documentary film made by ABC, a national U.S. television network.  The documentary records the success of one of her most important projects, the Atwia Experimental Community Theatre Project.

1968 – Nigerian Joy Nwosu, author of "Cinema e Africa nera", published in Italy in 1968 and reedited in 2014 | publié en Italie en 1968 et réédité en 2014.


Alimata Salembéré (Burkina Faso) one of the founding members of FESPACO—and president of the organizing committee of the first festival in 1969.

Tam Tam à Paris featured at the first Week of African Cinema—later to become FESPACO—along with the films of Mustapha Alassane (Niger), Ousmane Sembene (Senegal), Ababacar Samb (Senegal), Urbain N'Dia (Cameroon), Paulin Vieyra (Senegal), and Momar Thiam (Senegal).

Zalika Souley is among the founding members of FEPACI (Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers).


1970 - Sarah Maldoror's Monangambee included in the 2nd Edition of FESPACO under the country Angola.

1971 - Sarah Maldoror's Monangambee selected at Cannes Film Festival (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) under the country Angola.

1972 - Sarah Maldoror's Sambizanga included in the Carthage (Tunisia) Film Festival in 1972, it is awarded first prize, the Tanit d'Or.

1972 - Safi Faye (Senegal) as a film student makes her short film La Passante.

1975 – UN Decade for Women (1976-1985).

– Institut Africain d’Education Cinématographique (INAFEC) is created in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Burkinabès Aminata Ouedraogo and Fanta Nacro, among others pass through its doors.

1977 - Founding of the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD) | Association des femmes Africaines pour la recherche sur le developpement (AFARD)

1977 - Annette Mbaye d’Erneville creates La Fédération des Associations Féminines du Sénégal (FAFS)

1978Research conducted on African women in the media during a study visit by journalists Elma Lititia Anani (Sierra Leone), Alkaly Miriama Keita (Niger), and Awatef Abdel Rahman (Egypt), held at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 24-30 September., the findings are published in Publication of Women and the Mass Media in Africa: Cases Studies of Sierra Leone, the Niger and Egypt, in 1981.


Fad’jal by Safi Faye, presented in the “Un certain regard” section at the Cannes Film Festival.

Jane Munene-Murago directs The Tender One in 1979 during the first United Nation International Year of the Child.


1981 – Publication of Women and the Mass Media in Africa: Cases Studies of Sierra Leone, the Niger and Egypt by Elma Lititia Anani, Alkaly Miriama Keita, Awatef Abdel Rahman. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa. Research Series - African Training and Research Centre for Women/Voluntary Fund for the United Nations Decade for Women.

1983Alimata Salembéré served as General Secretary of FESPACO from 1982 to 1984, thus overseeing the 8th FESPACO in 1983.

1984 – Miriam Patsanza creates the video production company, Talent Consortium in Zimbabwe, which is later relocated to South Africa.

1984 – Seminaire sur “Femmes, Communication et Développement, quelles perspectives pour Nairobi 1985”. 1-10 octobre 1984 à Dakar. Organisé par l’Association des Femmes Africaines pour la Recherche sur le Développement (AFARD) | Seminar on Women, Communication and Development what perspectives for Nairobi 1985, 1-10 October 1984 in Dakar. Organised by the Association of African Women for Research and Development. (AAWORD).

1984 - The Association of African Professional Communication (APAC) created in Dakar, Senegal by women journalists from Francophone Africa, whose objective is to reaffirm the vital role of communication in the development of Africa and towards the  emancipation of women.

1985 – The UN Decade for Women ends with an unprecedented focus on African women who were host of the last conference in Nairobi, Kenya.


Vues d'Afrique Film Festival (Montreal) organizes a special section devoted to African women in the visual media.

Creation of the "Images de femmes" (Images of Women) project, from which emerges the prize "Images de femmes" offered by ACCT and presented during the annual Vues d'Afrique.

L’Association des Actrices Africaines/The Association of African Actresses is created at FESPACO, Zalika Souley (Niger) is elected president in recognition of the role she played in asserting the value of women in the world of African cinema.



Annette Mbaye d’Erneville (Senegal) creates RECIDAK (Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dakar).

Seminar on Women and Representation in Media at the Conference on Women and Technology in Southern Africa. Sponsored by the UN-Harare in conjunction with SADCC.


At the 12th FESPACO a part of the platform is organized under the title "Women, Cinema, Television and Video in Africa.

Union Panafricaine des Femmes de l'Image du Burkina is established. Currently directed by Franceline Oubda and Kadidia Sanogo.

L’Union Nationale des Femmes Professionnelles de l'Image du Burkina is created, headed by Suzanne Kourouma.


Africa Women Filmmakers Trust (AWFT) based in Zimbabwe is established.

Bridget Pickering (Namibia) launches the Pan African Film Festival of Namibia.

The Association of Professional African Women in Cinema, Television and Video (AFAPTV) is created, Aminata Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso) is the general secretary.

CCA Cine Culture Afrique - Trimestriel d’informations cinématographiques et cuturelles-Dakar: Directeur de Publication : Annette Mbaye d’Erneville. Editeur : Consortium de Communications audiovisuelles en Afrique CCA-Dakar, Promotrice - Directrice: Annette Mbaye d’Erneville.

AWIFAV, created in Accra, Ghana in November.


Africa in the Picture, a film festival organized by the Africa Centre (London) and hosted by the National Film Theatre was accompanied by a one-day conference focusing on Women in African Cinema.

Mahen Bonetti (Sierra Leone) launches the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF), conceived in 1990.

Women in Cinema in Kenya, the provisional committee of African Women in Film and Video—Kenya Section, an affiliate of the Pan-African Union of Women in the Image Industry (AFAPTV) is created. The committee was put in place in Kenya at the beginning of 1993, consisting of Eulalie Namae, chairperson, Anne Mungai, organizing secretary, Dommie Yambo-Odotte, secretary, Jane Murago-Munene, treasurer and members Jane Lusabe, Elizabeth Kamau and Irene Mwakasi.


The Pan-African Union of Women in the Image Industry (AFAPTV) meets at the Fifth Women’s Regional Conference in preparation for the Beijing Conference in November 1994. AFAPTV emphasized the importance of presenting African perspectives at this international event and that women filmmakers on the continent should take the lead in the visualization of these perspectives.

Femmes d'images de l'Afrique francophone, compiled by Najwa Tlili (Tunisia), is one of the direct results of the 1989 Vues d’Afrique meeting.  The index brings together the biography and filmography of women in the cinema from "francophone" Africa, as well as a listing of other relevant contacts.

Kommunalkino Bremen Film Festival (Germany) is devoted entirely to African women filmmakers.


Horria Saiha television producer, director and reporter from Algeria receives the Courage in Journalism Award (International Women's Media Foundation).

A Gabonese national bureau of the Pan-African Union of Women in the Image Industry (AFAPTV) is created.

L'Association des femmes africaines professionnelles du cinéma, de la télévision et de la vidéo/The Association of Professional African Women in Cinema, Television and Video reorganizes under the name, The Pan-African Union of Women in the Image Industry/L'Union panafricaine des femmes de l'image (UPAFI).


Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe is formed, chaired by Petronella Munongoro. The goals of the association are to: train more women for the film industry, collect funding for the continuation of the work, plan distribution and exhibition of films made by women, and organize production workshops.

Mossane by Safi Faye, presented in the “Un certain regard” section at the Cannes Film Festival.   

Flame by Ingrid Sinclair presented in the “Quinzaine des Réalisateurs” section at the Cannes Film Festival.

Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dakar (RECIDAK) focuses on “Women and the Cinema”. From this meeting comes the slogan “When women of the cinema take action, African cinema moves forward.”

Efua Sutherland pioneer journalist/filmmaker dies.


The 15th edition of FESPACO presents an unprecedented number of films (feature, short, documentary) by women:

Feature | Long-métrage:

Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), Everyone’s Child; Safi Faye (Senegal), Mossane; Nadia Fares Anliker (Tunisia/Tunisie), Miel et Cendres; Ingrid Sinclair (Zimbabwe), Flame;

Short Fiction | Court-métrage:

Fanta Nacro (Burkina Faso), Puk Nini


Cilia Sawadogo, Le joueur de cora;

TV/Video | Documentary | Documentaire

Anne-Laure Folly (Togo), Les Oubliées; Valérie Kaboré (Burkina Faso), Kado la bonne à tout faire; Sarah Maldoror (Guadeloupe), Léon G. Damas; Ouméma Mamadali (Comores), Baco; Salem Mekuria (Ethiopia/Ethiopie), Deluge; Franceline Oubda (Burkina Faso), Elles, pour refaire le monde; Monique Mbeka Phoba (RDC), Deux petits tours et puis s’en vont…; Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria/Algérie); La moitié du ciel d’Allah; Florence F. T. Tan (Cameroon/Cameroun) Retirement life’s end; Florentine Yaméogo (Burkina Faso), Melodies de femmes

Based in Dakar, Senegal, the African Women's Media Center, a project of the International Women's Media Foundation is created.

Images d’Ailleurs, Paris-based cinema house organizes a film forum titled "Cri du coeur des femmes"

With Open Eyes: African Women and Cinema, edited by Kenneth Harrow (USA), Matatu 19 (Rodopi, The Netherlands).


The Festival international de film de femmes/International Women's Film Festival at Créteil has an impressive platform devoted to women of Africa, with gala for Safi Faye.

The audiovisual production company “African Queen Productions" inaugurates the Festival International du Court Metrage d’Abidjan (FICA). Ivoirian actress Hanny Tchelley Ivoirian is the Secretary-General.

Burkinabè actress Georgette Paré initiates, Casting Sud, a pan-African casting agency to promote African actors and actresses.

The Southern African Film Festival activities include the African Women Filmmakers’ Forum—a platform for African women filmmakers to meet.

Women of the Sun is conceptualized at the Southern African International Film & Television Market at Sithengi.


Disrupting Binary Divisions: Representation of Identity in Saikati and Battle of the Sacred Tree. By Wanjiku Beatrice Mukora. Master's Thesis, McGill University, Montreal.



Women of the Sun is launched in South Africa.

Sister of the Screen: Women of Africa on Film, Video and Television by Beti Ellerson (USA) published by Africa World Press/Red Sea Press (USA/Eritrea).

Africa in the Picture Film Festival  (London) – Weekend Seminar on African Women and Cinema ‘Taking Care of Business'.


The Mama Africa series released by Zimmedia. The series includes six short fiction films representing women throughout the continent: Raja Amari (Tunisia); Fanta Nacro (Burkina Faso); Ngozi Onwurah (Nigeria); Zulfah Otto-Sallies (South Africa); Bridget Pickering (Namibia); Ingrid Sinclair (Zimbabwe).

Taking Care of Business – African Women in Films, a mini-festival hosted by Women of the Sun, in conjunction with the Film Resource Unit. The festival consisted of screenings, a discussion with industry bodies, as well as film critics and analysis.


Case Study of Africa Women Filmmakers Trust detailed analysis in "Media and the Empowerment of Communities for Social Change" doctoral thesis by Chido E.F. Matewa of Zimbabwe.

International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF), the women's film festival in Harare, Zimbabwe founded by Tsitsi Dangarembga.

Women of the Sun website is launched (no longer active). 

Documentary, Sisters of the Screen: Africa Women in the Cinema by Beti Ellerson, distributed by Women Make Movies (USA).


African Women Filmmakers Awards is launched at Sithengi, Southern Africa's biggest annual international film and television market.

Les Premières Rencontres Cinématographiques "Films Femmes Afrique".


The African Women's Film Festival is established in Johannesburg in August 2004 under the theme "film from a woman's perspective". The festival showcases films of all genres by women, about women, and from women's perspectives, with special focus on the continent.


Musola Cathrine Kasketi creates the International Film Festival of Zambia renamed View Images Film Festival.

Images of Black Women Film Festival is launched in London.

Women in Film and Television South Africa (WIFTSA) created.


Pioneer journalist/filmmaker Thérèse Sita-Bella dies on 27 February.

Seipati Bulane-Hopa (2006-2012) of South Africa elected as secretary-general of FEPACI, Fédération Panafricaine des Cinéastes/the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers during the 7th congress of FEPACI held in Pretoria, April 2006.

Aminatou Issaka crée le Festival « Paroles de femmes » en Côte d’Ivoire | creation of the Paroles de femmes Festival in Côte d’Ivoire.


Africa in Motion (AiM) Edinburgh African film festival (created by South African Lizelle Bischoff) focuses on women among the three themes.

L’Association des Femmes Africaines pour la Recherche et le Développement (AFARD). The Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD). La Recherche Féministe en Afrique : Avancées, Obstacles et Défi (Feminist Research in Africa: Progress, Obstacles and Challenges). 30 Nov 2007. Dakar, Senegal.

The Distinguished Woman of African Cinema Award inaugurated by Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ): Musola Cathrine Kasketi and Lebo Mashile, laureates of the Distinguished Woman of African Cinema Award presented by Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe at the International Images Film Festival held in Harare.


Ladyfest London 2008 showcases several African women filmmakers.

Cinemas of the South at the Cannes Film Festival hosts a  Pavillon des Femmes - African women among twenty-three women of the South present their films and discuss various topics regarding production, distribution and networking. L’Engagement des femmes cinéastes - Table-ronde au festival de Cannes 2008, 21 May.

The theme of the 12th edition of Ecrans noirs du Cinéma africain, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, has as its theme, Women, Cinema and the Audiovisuel.

The Festival International de Documentaire à Agadir | Agadir International Documentary Festival (Maroc | Morocco) is launched by Nouzha Drissi.


Nadège Batou, (Congo-Brazzaville) Creates the traveling film event, Festival des 7 Quartiers.

Chantal Bagilishya, Rwandan Paris-based producer, dies on 28 September.

Villant Ndasowa, Malawian filmmaker and media consultant, creates the Malawi International Film Festival.

L'Association Mauritanienne des Femmes d’Image/The Association of Mauritanian Women of the Image is created.

Nakai Matema of Zimbabwe, laureate of the Distinguished Woman of African Cinema Award presented by Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe at the International Images Film Festival held in Harare.



Maji-da Abdi, Paris-based Ethiopian producer-filmmaker launches Images That Matter International Short Film Festival (ITMSFF) in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

Des journées cinématographiques de la femme africaine de l'image is launched in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 3-8 March.

First Edition of Mois du cinéma féminin à Dakar, launched by l’Association sénégalaise des critiques de cinéma (ASCC), every Saturday during the month of March.

Mis Me Binga (The Eyes of Women) Women’s International Film Festival is created in Cameroon.

The 32eme Festival international de film de femmes/International Women's Film Festival at Créteil presents the program Trans-Europe-Afrique, 2-11 April.

Prix Annette Mbaye d’Erneville created by the Agence de Presse Sénégalaise, in May.

Arts-work: promoting professional women in the film. Goethe-Institut-hosted African Women Filmmaker’s Forum, a gathering of 25 women filmmakers of all levels of experience from sub-Saharan Africa, the USA and Germany to network with and gain inspiration from colleagues. 1-4 September, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Women of Sun Film Festival. Johannesburg, South Africa, 3-9 September.


Kenyan Jane Murago-Munene receives the first prize for the Best Documentary Film for Monica Wangu Wamwere: The Unbroken Spirit at Fespaco.

Ghanaian Yaba Badoe receives the second prize for the Best Documentary Film for The Witches of Gambaga at Fespaco.

The Wild Track Newsletter, initiated by Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ) and published by the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA TRUST), covers information, issues and events relevant and related to African women in cinema in general and specifically those from Zimbabwe, including coverage of the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF), the annual film festival held in Zimbabwe. In addition, it covers gender related arts-based activities in the Zimbabwe area and beyond.

Judy Kibinge presents a history of filmmaking in Kenya at symposium on “African Film, Video and the Social Impact of New Technologies” organised by CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science in Africa) under the auspices of FESPACO.

The Women’s Panorama at the Zanzibar International Film Festival, a program of cinema designed especially for the women of Zanzibar.

Women in Film Indaba 2011 hosted by the National Film and Video Foundation, September.

Gele Day (Women Day), special segment at the Festival of Indigenous African Language Films (FIAF) on the topic: Women Empowerment in the Film Industry, 2-5 October.

Women and African Cinema Conference: Women and Film in Africa: Overcoming Social Barriers, London, England, 19-21 November.

Beti Ellerson of the United States, laureate of the Distinguished Woman of African Cinema Award presented by Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe at the International Images Film Festival held in Harare.

Nouzha Drissi, the founder and director of the Documentary Film Festival of Agadir, Morocco, died Sunday morning (4 December) in a car accident in Casablanca.

Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe extends the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) outreach to Matabeleland North town of Binga, 5-7 December.


Three women were among the five young African filmmakers featured in the evening film event "Regard’émoi, les jeunes cinéastes africains", consisting of film screenings and discussion.

Rungano Nyoni, Zambia; Anne-Elisabeth Ngo Minka, Cameroon; Mame Woury Thioubou, Senegal, in January 2012.

Women prominently featured at the first Luxor African Film Festival, February.

International Conference on Nollywood, Women, and Cultural Identity 8-12 May Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria.

Adaobi Obiegbosi of Nigeria creates the African Student Film Festival (ASFF).

Feminist Africa, Issue 16, "African Feminist Engagements with Film".  

Women on and Behind the Screen, theme of the Afrikamera 2012 Film Festival (Berlin), 13-18 November.

Colloque-rencontres « Les réalisatrices africaines francophones: 40 ans de cinéma (1972-2012) » - Paris, 23-24 novembre (Colloquium-Meeting "Francophone African Women Filmmakers: 40 years of cinema (1972-2012)", November).

Tsitsi Dangarembga, Branwen Okpako and Auma Obama (film school classmates in Germany), reunite at the screening of  Branwen Okpako’s film The Education of Ouma Obama at the 11th Edition of the International Images Film Festival for Women in Harare.

Documentary series (26 min) Regard au féminin by Issaka Compaore: Valérie Kaboré (Burkina Faso), Mary-Noël Niba (Cameroun), Farida Benlyazid (Maroc | Morocco), Joséphine Ndagnou (Cameroun), Jihan El Tahri (Égypte), Monique Mbeka Phoba (République Démocratique du Congo), Fanta Régina Nacro (Burkina Faso), Raja Amari (Tunisie), Fatma Zohra Zamoum (Algérie), Rahmatou Keita (Niger)

Some Prefer Cake - Bologna Lesbian Film Festival - Italy - 20-23 September 2012. Visual activist Zanele Muholi, guest of honour of the 6th edition of Some Prefer Cake with an exhibition and audiovisual project focusing on the life of lesbians in South Africa.


Algerian Djamila Sahraoui receives the second prize, the Silver Yennenga for her film Yema. As well as Best Image award and Special mention for actress: Djamila Sahraoui

Tunisia Nadia El Fani receives the first prize for the Best Documentary Film for Même pas mal | No Harm Done at Fespaco.

Cameroonian Pascale Obolo receives the second prize for the Best Documentary Film for Calypso Rose the lioness of the jungle.

Sayida Bourguiba: Finalités culturelles et esthétiques d'un cinéma arabo-africain en devenir . Les Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage (JCC). Thèse de Doctorat en Arts et Sciences de l’Art - Université Paris 1 - Panthéon - Sorbonne, 2013.

Fespaco 2013: Women take leadership role on the various juries. The five women presiding the official juries: ( Euzhan Palcy (Martinique) Feature Film Jury; Osvalde Lewat-Hallade (Cameroon) Documentary Jury;  Beti Ellerson (USA) Diaspora Jury; Jackie Motsepe (South Africa) TV and Digital Jury; Wanjiru Kinyanjui (Kenya) Short fiction and Film School Jury

Fespaco 2013: Les femmes prennent les commandes des différents jurys. Les cinq présidentes des jurys officiels : Euzhan Palcy (Martinique) le jury fiction long métrage ; Osvalde Lewat-Hallade (Cameroun) le jury documentaire ; Beti Ellerson (USA) le jury diaspora  ; Jackie Motsepe (Afrique du Sud) le jury TV & vidéo numérique ; Wanjiru Kinyanjui (Kenya) le jury fiction court métrage et film d’école. Guest of Honour | Invitée d'honneur : Alimata Salembéré.

"Her Stories - Filmmakers with African Roots" film series held in Berlin one evening each month from 21 February through 13 June

Concours "L’Afrique au féminin : coup de projecteur sur les réalisatrices africaines. CFI et CANAL+ AFRIQUE lancent "L’Afrique au féminin " concours de documentaires courts, avec l’objectif de valoriser l’énergie des femmes africaines engagées dans la réalisation |  (Africa by its women) : A competition spotlighting African women filmmakers. CFI and CANAL+ AFRIQUE is launching "L’Afrique au féminin", a competition of short documentaries, with the objective to empower the energy of African women involved in filmmaking.

Second African Women in Film Forum, Accra, Ghana, 23-25 September.

Passing of Khady Sylla (Senegal) 8 October.


First Edition of the African Women Film Festival TAZAMA from 6 to 12 January 2014 in Congo-Brazzaville.

Mzansi Women Film Festival founded in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sénéfa Coulibaly, Burkina Faso, dies 18 January.

Africa Alive Festival. FilmForum Höchst & Filmmuseum Frankfurt. 30.01.2014 – 9.02.2014. In the presence of: Sita Traoré, Claude Haffner, Safi Faye. The French Institute of History (Frankfurt) and the Cinémathèque Afrique (Paris) are partners of the festival. In commemoration of its 20th year, the festival is dedicated to women of Africa.

Lupita Nyong’o born in Mexico of Kenyan parents, wins Oscar (Academy Awards, USA) for the supporting actress in the film Twelve Days a Slave by Steve McQueen.

AfricAvenir Namibia and the FNCC present Namibian Women in Film featuring: 100 Bucks by Oshosheni Hiveluah, Uno’s World by Bridget Pickering and Tjiraa by Krishka Stoffels.

Amaka Igwe, renowned Nollywood producer (1963-2014). Nigerian Writer, Director and Producer, and CEO of Amaka Igwe Studios. A visionary and pioneer of modern Nigerian TV drama and movie production, she stamped her authority on numerous roles she played in the Nigerian television sector, as well as the home video industry, known as Nollywood.

The Association of Congolese Women Filmmakers presents The first edition of Cinema au féminin (CINEF) under the theme "Empowerment of Congolese women through its initiatives for development”. 10-14 June 2014 in Kinshasa.

First Edition of the women’s film festival UDADA from 24-29 October in Nairobi, Kenya.

Three Kenyans launch the Out of Africa Film Festival (OOAIFF) - Mumbi Hinga (Australia), Wairimu Mwangi (Kenya), Rose Wachuka (France)


Passing of Assia Djebar (Algeria), 6 February.

The 2015 New York African Film Festival Honors Women

NFVF National Film and Video Foundation (South Africa) /BLINGOLA Films Female Filmmaker Project 2015/16

South Africa Country Report. Beijing Declaration. Women In Media Film Industry. NFVF National Film and Video Foundation (South Africa) February 2015.

Kadidia Sidibé is elected president of CNA (Cinéma Numerique Ambulant) Afrique

Zulfah Otto Sallies (1961-2016) – Acclaimed Bo-Kaap filmmaker, writer and playwright.

Joyce Osei Owusu, doctoral thesis “Ghanaian Women and Film: An Examination of Female Representation and Audience Reception”

Prix Safi Faye de la meilleure réalisatrice - Safi Faye Award for the best woman filmmaker - JCC - Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage.


Black Star International Film Festival was launched in Accra, Ghana by founding president Juliet Asante.

Décès de l'actrice et réalisatrice Marie-Louise Asseu (Côte d'Ivoire )

Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) is formed at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa

Table-ronde/roundtable avec/with Olivier Barlet: Chloé Aïcha Boro, Hinde Boujemaa, Nina Khada, Aïcha Macky, Amina Weira - Festival des films d'Afrique en pays d'Apt 2016

Launch of African Women Filmmakers Hub (Harare, Zimbabwe)

Fokus: Sisters in African Cinema – Afrika Film Festival Cologne, September 2016

International Colloquium and Film Screenings: Women's Struggles in the Cinema of Africa and Middle East, 12-13 May 2016, CEAUP, Porto, Portugal

International du Film de Fribourg 2016 – Roundtable/Table ronde: Etre réalisatrice en Afrique | To be a woman filmmaker in Africa - 13 03 2016

Her Africa Film Festival. The inaugural edition celebrates the African woman filmmaker.

Beti Ellerson: “African Women of the Screen at the Digital Turn.” Special Report. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media 10 (Winter 2015–16) | « Écrans d’Afrique au féminin au tournant numérique » in Cinéma AfriKa 2.0 Nouvelles formes et nouvelles façons de faire du cinéma: Adaptées aux contextes du continent Africain et de l’Océan Indien. Ebook édité par l’Institut français de Madagascar, février 2016.


AFRICANA STUDIA 26 : Lutas de Mulheres no Cinema de África e do Médio Oriente | Women's Struggles in the Cinemas of Africa and the Middle East | Les luttes des femmes dans les cinémas de l’Afrique et du Moyen-Orient

Zélie Asava : Book - Mixed Race Cinemas, Multiracial Dynamics in America and France | Livre « Cinémas mixtes, la dynamique multiraciale aux Etats-Unis et en France »

Black Camera, Spring 2017 - Beti Ellerson - Traveling Gazes: Glocal Imaginaries in the Transcontinental, Transnational, Exilic, Migration, and Diasporic Cinematic Experiences of African Women

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival launched in Accra, Ghana

The Mama Afrika Film Festival is launched in Nairobi Kenya.

The Adiaha Award for Best African Female Documentary Filmmaker launched at the 20th edition of ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival, 8-16 July 2017.

Les Femmes d’Afrique aux César : Palmarès | Women of Africa at the César Awards

  1. Best First film - Meilleur Premier film: Divines by/de Houda Benyamina

  2. Best Supporting Actress - Meilleure Actrice dans un second rôle : Déborah Lukumuena (Divines)

  3. Most Promising Actress - Espoir féminin: Oulaya Amamra (Divines)

  4. Best Short film - Meilleur Film de court métrage (ex aequo) : Maman(s) by/de Maïmouna Doucouré et Vers la tendresse (Towards Tenderness) by/d’Alice Diop



Burkinabé Aïcha Boro receives the first prize for the Best Documentary Film for Le loup d’or de balolé (The golden wolf of Balolé) at Fespaco.

South African Shameela Seedat receives the third prize for the Best Documentary Film for Whispering truth to power (Chuchoter la verité au pouvoir) at Fespaco.

Kenyan Charity Resian Nampaso and Andréa Iannetta of Italy receive the first prize for the Best Documentary Short for Against all odds (Contre toute attente) at Fespaco.

Algerian Nadja Harek receives the third prize for the Best Documentary Short for Tata Milouda at Fespaco.

Interconnectivity, Self-Empowerment and Inclusive Network Building of African Women Film Professionals. Panel Berlinale 2019.

Also see: Film Timeline of Works by African Women