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18.09 - 23.09 2023

Projects selected for its 8th edition of OFL 2023

ouaga film lab 2023

The Ouaga Film Lab team is pleased to announce the projects selected for its 8th edition edition, which will take place from 18 to 24 September 2023, in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

More than one hundred applications from all the countries of the continent were received during the call for projects launched in March. After deliberation, the Ouaga Film Lab selection committee selected the following 12 projects:

  • 6 documentary projects, 4 fiction projects
  • 55% of the participants are women
  • The selected projects come from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia.

TADDART, documentary project by Rima KERKEBANE (Algeria), produced by Aissa DJOUAMAA – Nouvelle Vague Algérienne – (Algeria)

NADINE ET NADIA, NOUS VOULONS AUSSI GOUVERNER, documentary project by Evelyne AGLI (Benin), produced by Daoud AOULAD-SYAD – Les films du Sud (Morocco)

BLACK VOLTA, projet de documentaire de Floriane ZOUNDI (Burkina Faso), produced by Delphine YERBANGA – Guetba Images Productions (Burkina Faso)

SIMA, documentary project by Azaria YONLI (Burkina Faso), produced by Laurent BITTY -Makoré (Ivory Coast)

EN ATTENDANT LA RECOLTE, fiction project by Sagou BANOU (Mali), produced by Sakinatou SEYDOU HAINIKOYE – Future Films (Niger)

SAMIYA, LA SAISON DES AMOURS, fiction project by Ousmane DIAGANA (Mauritania) produced by Sébastien TENDENG – Impluvium Productions (Senegal)

NKHODHA AND THE MERMAID, documentary project by de Yara COSTA (Mozambique), produced by Tiny MUNGWE – Generation Africa – Steps (South Africa)

WALINZI, fiction project by Sheriya TWANA (Democratic Republic of Congo), produced by  Emmanuel LUPIA- Tosala Films (Democratic Republic of Congo)

MBELAAN, fiction project by Ousmane Majha SARR (Senegal), produced by Cheikh Ahmadou DIOP – Kerdoff productions (Senegal)

CIRTA, documentary project by Saifeddine CHIDA (Tunisia), produced by Olfa BEN ACHOUR – A.P.A (Artistes producteurs associés) (Tunisia)

We would like to thank all the applicants for their applications and congratulate the selected applicants.


Ouagafilm lab 2023

After an intense week of online meetings, mentoring, training and working as part of the 8th edition of  Ouaga Film Lab, the award ceremony took place online on Saturday 23 September. We are very pleased to announce the winners of this 2023 edition of the prizes donated by our partners:

MEDIENBOARD BERLIN – BRANDENBURG AWARD (Germany): Grant for a 3-months writing residency in Berlin.

  • Nadine et Nadia, nous voulons aussi gouverner, documentary project of Evelyne Agli (Benin), produced by Ludovic Agbadjaa – Gazelle Production (Benin)

IDRISSA OUÉDRAOGO AWARD (France): Grant for a writing residency at the Moulin d’Andé, in partnership with the CNC

  • Samiya, la saison des amours, fiction project of Ousmane Diagana (Mauritania), produced by Sébastien Tendeng – Impluvium Productions (Senegal)

SUD ÉCRITURE AWARD (Tunisia): Grant for a writing residency.

  • En attendant la récolte, fiction project of Sagou Banou (Mali), produced by Sakinatou Seydou Hainikoye – Future Films (Niger)

FIDADOC AWARD (Morocco): Grant for a documentary project development workshop at the Agadir International Documentary Film Festival.

  • Nadine er Nadia, nous voulons aussi gouverner, documentary project of Evelyne Agli (Benin), produced by Ludovic Agbadjaa – Gazelle Production (Benin)

LE GROUPE OUEST AWARD (France): Pre-selection of a feature film project for the Annual Selection, the Groupe Ouest’ Francophone author coaching project.

  • Sima, fiction project of Azaria Yonli (Burkina Faso), produced by Laurent Bitty – Makoré (Ivory Coast)

WORLD CINEMA FUND – AUDIENCE DESIGN AWARD (Germany): intensive consulting and mentoring to develop a complete audience design strategy for a film project.

  • Looking for the Mermaid, documentary project of Yara Costa (Mozambique), produced by Tiny Mungwe – Steps (South Africa)

ATLAS WORKSHOPS BY MARRAKECH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD (Morroco): Online consulting with an expert scriptwriter.

  • Taddart, documentary project of Rima Kerkebane (Algeria), produced by Aissa Djouamaa – Nouvelle Vague Algérienne (Algeria)

SUD ECRITURE NATIONAL AWARD (Tunisia): Post-production workshop.

  • Cirta, documentary project by Saifeddine Chida (Tunisie), produced by Lotfi Achour – A.P.A (Artistes producteurs associés) (Tunisie)

We would like to thank our partners who have made this edition possible, offering the young generation of filmmakers from the African continent the opportunity to continue meeting and creating together. It was a great challenge to do it online and they did it!


Black Volta


Madi, a father and head of family, is a fisherman and farmer. He lives in Siby, a village along the Mouhoun River. Like all the other fishermen, he is worried about the increasingly dangerous activities of the gold miners, who use all kinds of chemicals to extract the precious metal, the gold.  My uncle Madi is fed up with seeing this part of the Mouhoun River, formerly known as the Black Volta, unhealthy, affecting the quality of fishing and other agricultural and livestock activities. Madi and the other fishermen are powerless in the face of clandestine gold panning, which has taken up residence in this land where terrorism is advancing apace. The story of Madi and his village depends on the rehabilitation of this part of the Black Volta.



CIRTA is a hybrid film project that combines a short fiction film and a full-length documentary whose conception and making echo and complement each other. Both segments share the same setting: the city of Kef. Although there are no more cinemas in this region today, for many years a magical place has illuminated the lives of the inhabitants of Le Kef: the CIRTA cinema.

CIRTA has been closed for many years and transformed into a café, yet its name remains shrouded in nostalgia, associated with many anecdotes that have forged the local mythology…

Among them, the astonishing journey of Bahri Rahali and Lamine Nahdi, two children from Kef who became renowned comedians in Tunisia.

En attendant la recolte


Timba, an 18-year-old Peulh boy, finds his life turned upside down when a terrorist group attacks his village and captures his father. Fleeing with his mother and sister, he finds refuge in a displacement camp in the city, but is separated from them because of his love for a volunteer. Looking for work, Timba meets a terrorist who indoctrinates him to join their ranks. Fate leads him to find his father, but he is faced with an agonising choice: kill his father or risk his own life.

Looking for the Mermaid


In the Island of Mozambique, fishermen marry mermaids and fisherwomen chant to the sea, asking for good winds and tides. In the past, the exchanged vows assured a harmonious coexistence between the natural world and the community. If mermaids, a metaphor for nature, are respected and pleased, they make sure the sea protects and sustains humankind. But today the sea is not producing as it used to. It has become the source of destruction and devastation, bringing in severe tropical cyclones, rising sea levels, and disputes around the recent discovery of oil and gas resources has caused anguish. Looking for the Mermaid tells the story of a dhow fisherman, Jorge Nakhodha, who is desperately looking for the mermaid, so he can make peace with her, save himself and find a resolution for his community.



Ndari, a jinn prince in love with Nogaay, treacherously tries to marry her. Inhabiting the body of Nogaay, Ndari reveals donkey’s feet. The sages decide to sacrifice Nogaay to invoke abundance in the village. Left behind in the forest, Ndari initiates a walk in Mbelaan. Surprised by the royal guard, Ndari finds the opportunity to crystallize his father, King Managóor and declares Nogaay, the queen of Mbelaan. But Nogaay does not accept. Ndari becomes dreadful. He takes Yaal, Faatu’s grandson and Nogaay’s friend, hostage. Alerted by cries for help, Nogaay finds Yaal perched on the branches of the giant baobab above the flames. Ndari makes Nogaay see the soul of his parents Yaa Astu and Famara. He promises to breathe life back into them and free Yaal if she accepts the queen’s throne. Nogaay agrees to sell his divinity to resolve his dilemma.

Nadine et Nadia, nous voulons aussi gouverner


Nadine and Nadia OKOUMASSOUN, the 27-year-old twins and political activists, are very close but don’t share the same political opinion. Since May 2021, Nadine, owner of the Facebook page “Le peuple d’abord”, has been languishing in prison for her impetuous criticism of President Patrice TALON, whom Nadia, owner of the Facebook page “Le Bénin appartient à ceux qui l’aiment”, worships and adores, during the April 2021 presidential campaign.

Torn between fraternal love and political conviction, Nadia fights to get her sister out of this hell.

Samiya, la saison des amours


Bamby, an 18-year-old girl, returns to her village in the heart of the Sahel to get married.

But the village elders have decided to cancel the ceremony, as the rainy season has not been good, and insecurity is threatening the village. However, Bamby and the other brides-to-be are not giving up, and are organizing to save their weddings. But just a few days before the wedding, Mamadou, a young soldier and Bamby’s fiancé, and some of his brothers-in-arms return from the front seriously wounded. While waiting for the nuptials, Bamby and his sisters in misfortune begin another battle: caring for their men.



Sima destiny: her marriage, her life as a wife, as a mother, her tragedies. Raised in the small village of Nouna, she married Saye Zerbo, a young officer who became the president of Burkina Faso. She spent most of her life in the military barracks where she raised her 6 children. Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of a step wife, the loss of a son but also the coup d’état of her husband. Discreet, we remember her tenderness, but above all, her silence despite her tumultuous life. This is the portrait of an African woman in whom many women will recognize themselves.