At this year's fourth version of the Atlas Workshops 15 projects in development and nine projects in post-production were presented. The platform ran entirely online from November 22 to 25 and was attended by more than 300 international film professionals.
The jury for post-production was formed by Nuha Eltayeb, director of content acquisitions for the MENA and Turkey at Netflix, Moroccan programmer Sido Mohamed Lansari and Karlovy Vary festival director Karel Och. They awarded the following films:
The feature documentary Mother Of All Lies garnered the top €20,000 post-production prize. The film is directed by Moroccan filmmaker Asmae El Moudir.
Fiction feature Under The Fig Trees took the second €10,000 post-production prize. The film is directed by Tunisian filmmaker Erige Sehiri.
In development projects were judged by Sata Cissokho, head of acquisitions at Paris sales company Memento International, producer Sophie Erbs, partner at French production company Cinéma Defacto, and South African producer Steven Markovitz. They awarded the following films:
The Chattering Of Teeth clinched the top €10,000 award. The film is by Lesotho filmmaker emohang Jeremiah Mosese and is a fiction feature.
Also a fiction feature, The Last Days Of R.M. by Algerian filmmaker Amin Sidi-Boumédiène won a €5,000 post-production award as did Laïla Marrakchi's latest cinematic project La Más Dulce.
In a separate prize, French-German channel Arte awarded the €6,000 Artekino International Prize to Sweet Disposition, a debut feature project by Moroccan director Youssef Michraf.
Past awardees of the Atlas Workshops include Egyptian director Omar El Zohairy and Somali-Finnish director Khadar Ahmed whose The Gravedigger’s Wife is Somalia's entry to the Oscar race this year -- a historic first!