African Screenwriters and Film directors

by Blackfirst | created - 06 Sep 2013 | updated - 03 Sep 2016 | Public

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.

1. Neill Blomkamp

Director | District 9

Neill Blomkamp was born on September 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015). He is married to Terri Tatchell. They have one child.

2. Gavin Hood

Director | Tsotsi

Gavin Hood was born on May 12, 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor and producer, known for Tsotsi (2005), A Reasonable Man (1999) and Eye in the Sky (2015). He was previously married to Janine Eser.

3. Abderrahmane Sissako

Director | Timbuktu

Abderrahmane Sissako was born on October 13, 1961 in Kiffa, Mauritania. He is a director and writer, known for Timbuktu (2014), Life on Earth (1998) and Heremakono (2002).

4. Charlie Vundla

Director | Cuckold

Charlie Vundla is a director and writer, known for Cuckold (2015), How to Steal 2 Million (2011) and Friends in Need (2008).

5. Yusri Nasrullah

Director | El Medina

Yusri Nasrullah was born in 1952 in Giza, Egypt. He is a director and writer, known for El Medina (1999), Baad el mawkeaa (2012) and Sarikat Sayfeya (1988).

6. Steven Silver

Producer | The Bang Bang Club

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 ...

7. 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 ...

9. Usama Mukwaya

Writer | Bala Bala Sese

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 (2011). A year later after finishing his networking diploma at Makerere University, he...

10. Eric Kabera

Producer | Gardiens de la mémoire

Eric Kabera is a producer and director, known for Gardiens de la mémoire (2004), Intore (2014) and Inkotanyi.

11. 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 ...

13. Leila Djansi

Producer | Like Cotton Twines

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 ...

16. 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 ...

18. 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 (1970), ...

19. Ousmane Sembene

Director | Moolaadé

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 ...

21. Cheick Oumar Sissoko

Director | Guimba, un tyran une époque

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 ...

24. Moufida Tlatli

Editor | Samt el qusur

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. ...

25. Youssef Chahine

Director | El Naser Salah el Dine

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 ...

26. 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, ...

27. Victor Viyuoh

Director | Mboutoukou

Victor Viyuoh is a director and producer, known for Mboutoukou (2002), Ninah's Dowry (2012) and Becky (2018).

28. 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...

29. 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 ...

30. Idrissa Ouedraogo

Director | Tilaï

Idrissa Ouedraogo was born on January 21, 1954 in Banfora, Upper Volta. He is a director and writer, known for Tilaï (1990), Yaaba (1989) and Samba Traoré (1992).

31. Martin Mhando

Director | Maangamizi: The Ancient One

Senior lecturer and Programme Chair of Media Studies at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia

34. Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

Actor | Necktie Youth

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 ...

35. Moufida Tlatli

Editor | Samt el qusur

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. ...

36. Leon Schuster

Actor | Mr. Bones

Leon Schuster is an actor and writer, known for Mr. Bones (2001), Yankee Zulu (1993) and Schuks Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa (2010).

37. Elaine Proctor

Director | Friends

Elaine Proctor was born in 1960 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a director and actress, known for Friends (1993), On the Wire (1990) and Palesa (1989).

38. Jamie Uys

Director | The Gods Must Be Crazy

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 '...

41. 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. ...

42. John Trengove

Director | Inxeba

John Trengove's debut feature The Wound opened to rave reviews in Sundance and Berlin and won the historic Sutherland trophy for Best First Feature at the BFI London Film Festival. The film, which deals with a closeted love affair in the context of a rite-of-passage to manhood, was selected as ...

43. Dean Israelite

Director | Acholiland

Dean Israelite was born on September 20, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for Acholiland (2009), Power Rangers (2017) and Project Almanac (2015).

44. Oliver Schmitz

Director | Le secret de Chanda

Oliver Schmitz was born in 1960 in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for Le secret de Chanda (2010), Paris, je t'aime (2006) and Shepherds and Butchers (2016).

45. 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 (2008) played ...

46. Akin Omotoso

Director | Tell Me Sweet Something

Akin Omotoso was born in 1974 in Nigeria. He is an actor and director, known for Tell Me Sweet Something (2015), Man on Ground (2011) and Blood Diamond (2006).

47. Sara Blecher

Director | Ayanda and the Mechanic

Sara Blecher is a director and producer, known for Ayanda and the Mechanic (2015), Bay of Plenty (2007) and Otelo Burning (2011).

49. 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 ...