African Screenwriters and Film directors

Popular Screenwriters and Directors in no specific order originally from Africa. You can comment and I add one who isn't listed here. I majorly began with those with photos to give this listing life.
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Steven Silver
A writer, director and producer, Steven began his career in the South African film industry, before writing and co-producing Gerrie & Louise, an International Emmy award-winning, feature-length documentary for the CBC in 1997. As a director, his documentaries include several projects for the History Channel and Discovery Channel...
Djo Munga
Producer, Viva Riva!
Djo Tunda wa Munga was born in 1972 in Kinshasa, DR Congo where he spent his childhood. At the age of 10 he left for Belgium. He studied art school. Later he joined the National Film School of Belgium, INSAS. After completing his studies he returned to Kinshasa where he worked as producer and assistant director for various international TV production (BBC, ARTE, DRTV2)...
Usama Mukwaya
Born in Kampala to Abdallah Mukwaya a theology teacher and Mariam Aziidah a beautician, Usama joined filming in 2010 with Mariam Ndagire Film and Performing Arts Center where he finished with his first film Hello. A year later after finishing his networking diploma at Makerere University,...
Jeta Amata
Director, Black November
Coming from a family of veteran filmmakers (Ifoghale Amata, Zack Amata and Fred Amata), it is no surprise that he soars in the world of film and entertainment. Jeta, known for such movies as "The Amazing Grace", "Alexa Affair" and "Mary Slessor", is a renowned Nigerian filmmaker, who has received local and international acclaim...
Wanuri Kahiu
Director, Pumzi
Leila Djansi
Leila Djansi is founder of the Los Angeles based production house Turning Point Pictures. Her critically acclaimed screenplay for Movie Africa "Subcity" won the best screenplay award at FESPACO in 2007. She also won the WorldFest Platinum award for the film "Grass between my Lips" in 2009. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Art Center College of Design.
Mahmood Ali-Balogun
Director, Tango with Me
Mahmood Ali-Balogun directed the 2011 award winning film 'Tango with Me' starring Genevieve Nnaji which to date is the second highest grossing Nigerian film of all time, he also worked as a film consultant on the smash hit romantic comedy Flower Girl which was the highest grossing Nigerian film of 2013...
Djibril Diop Mambéty
Director, Touki Bouki
Born the son of a Muslim cleric in Colobane, near Dakar, Senegal, Djibril Diop Mambéty received no formal training in filmmaking. He experimented with theater, but in 1968, he was asked to leave an avant-garde theater group. Shortly thereafter, he made his first film short called Badou Boy, which dealt with the life of a young renegade...
Ousmane Sembene
Director, Black Girl
The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and bricklayer...
Cheick Oumar Sissoko
Born in 1945 in San (in Ségou, the 4th region of Mali). Has studied filmmaking at the Ecole Nationale Louis Lumière (National School Louis Lumière), Paris. Worked as filmaker at the Centre National de Production Cinématographique (CNPC) in Mali, when he returned. Has created, with other young Malians, a collective production company: Kora Films.
Moufida Tlatli
Was raised in Tunisia in a tradition-oriented family. It was in high school, thanks to her philosophy teacher, who ran a film club, that she developed a taste for the cinema. After graduating from the IDHEC film school in 1968, in the editing department, she went back to live in Tunisia in 1972. Her name appears on the credits of some of the most important Arab film from 1970 to 1990.
Youssef Chahine
Director, September 11
Youssef Chahine (born in Alexandria, Egypt, 1926) started studying in a friars' school, and then turned to English College until the High School Certificate. After one year in the University of Alexandria, he moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Pasadena Play House, taking courses on film and dramatic arts...
Haile Gerima
Director, Teza
Halie Gerima arrived in the United States from his native Gondar, Ethiopia, to study acting and directing at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois. He later transferred to the Theater Department at UCLA where he completed the Master's Program in Film. Afterward, he relocated to Washington, DC, to teach at Howard University's Department of Radio...
Jean-Marie Téno
Director, Clando
Jean-Marie Teno, Africa's preeminent documentary filmmaker, has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty years. Films by Jean-Marie Teno have been honored at festivals worldwide: Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinema du Reel, Visions du Reel...
Jean-Pierre Bekolo
Director, Les saignantes
Jean-Pierre Bekolo is a noted African film director from Cameroon. He already garnered attention at the Cannes Film Festival with his debut film Quartier Mozart (1992), with a style that is playful, comic, and sardonic became the representative of a new generation that has been working against the restrictive expectations of African cinema...
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
Sibs Shongwe- La Mer is a screenwriter, film director, musician, and visual artist born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His critically acclaimed debut feature film, Necktie Youth premiered in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and numerous top tier international film festivals...
Moufida Tlatli
Was raised in Tunisia in a tradition-oriented family. It was in high school, thanks to her philosophy teacher, who ran a film club, that she developed a taste for the cinema. After graduating from the IDHEC film school in 1968, in the editing department, she went back to live in Tunisia in 1972. Her name appears on the credits of some of the most important Arab film from 1970 to 1990.
Jamie Uys
Jamie Uys was an internationally acclaimed film director who completed 24 films. Prizes for his work included the 1981 Grand Prix at the Festival International du Film de Comedy Vevey for 'The Gods Must be Crazy' and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association award for best documentary in 1974 for 'Beautiful People' aka 'Animals are Beautiful People'...
M.K. Asante
Producer, Buck
MK Asante is a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and professor who the LA Times calls "one of America's best storytellers." He is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Buck and a recipient of the Sundance Feature Film Grant to adapt Buck into a screenplay. Asante earned an M.F.A...
John Trengove
Director, Inxeba
John Trengove is a Johannesburg based writer/director with an MFA in film from New York University. One of the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans, his career spans theatre, television, documentary, commercials and short film. A Loerie and SAFTA recipient, John is best known for his acclaimed...
Christopher-Lee dos Santos
Director, Broken Darkness
Christopher-lee dos Santos was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 2, 1986. He would remain in his home country, studying filmmaking at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, until 2008; that year, his graduation student short film At Thy Call played at numerous film festivals...
Scottnes L. Smith
Director, Hear Me Move
Scottnes was born in Johannesburg to parents, Trevor and Gail Smith. The second oldest of four children, Scottnes decided on a career in the film industry during his final year of high school when he 'borrowed' the family Hyundai to make his first project, "Childhood" . Scottnes trained as a director and actor at University of the Witwatersrand...
Zola Maseko
Director, Drum