February 27, 2021.

Follow The Nile is pleased to announce the participation of its fiction films from East and North Africa at the European Film Market during the 71st Berlin International Film Festival 2021. 5 teams from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan will pitch their projects in development at the European Film Market seeking partnerships with co-producers, financiers, sales agents and distributors.

The prestigious festival comes in a year when filmmakers hope for the return of audiences, industry and some sense of normalcy. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Berlin Film Festival 2021 will be a unique experience with it’s Industry events taking place online.

The pitches will take place online on Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 from 15:00 – 16:30 at an event dubbed “Film Collaborations From East and North Africa

Follow The Nile is a film development program that aims to strengthen the connections and co-productions between Northern and Eastern Africa. The program offers eight directors / Writers the opportunity to develop their feature films (documentary or fiction), with the help and supervision of our mentors, as well as offering one on one meetings with potential local and international producers, partners, distributors and financiers.

Founded in 2019, the program is in its 2nd cycle where 8 projects were selected; 5 fiction and 3 documentary. The program takes place in three phases; a writing and mentorship residency in East Africa, a film festival experience in North Africa and culminates with an International Film Market experience in Europe. The second cycle was held online due to the pandemic restrictions of travel.

We present the following 5 fiction projects participating at the EFM: (Know more about the projects: www.Followthenile.com)

  1. Zomba by Angella Emurwon | Uganda

LEILA (30), a popular ZOMBA musician, has an unlikely friendship with BINGU (55), a wealthy politician, but he betrays her sparking off a revolutionary movement that thrusts Leila into the center of Zomba politics, challenging her often professed political indifference.

  1. Mehal Sefari by Abraham Gezahagne | Ethiopia

Tilahun a dutiful city employee, is charged with collecting corpses from the streets of Addis Ababa during the Red Terror. He works diligently until one day; he finds the body of his son.

  1. Call of the Wind by Neha Manoj Shah | Kenya

Alya is a young Muslim girl who breaks cultural barriers to create a life she never expected all because she wanted to feel the wind in her hair.

  1. Goodbye Julia by Mohamed Kordofani | Sudan

Prior to the separation of South Sudan, A Northern housewife, burdened by guilt, seeks redemption in aiding a Southern woman whose life she unintentionally destroyed.

  1. Tero by Mona Ombogo | Kenya

In the vibrant fishing culture of Lake Victoria, a teenage boy struggles to keep his family’s fish and restaurant business afloat after the death of his father.

Follow the Nile is funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and created in partnership with Sudan Film Factory, DUCOBOX, Berlinale Talents, JCC film festival, The Royal Film Commision Jordan and DOK.fest München.