The Sundance Global Filmmaking Awards Festival held in Park City, Utah, USA, rewarded director Maïmouna Doucouré for her first full-length film “Mignonnes”. This American festival devoted to independent cinema lasted 10 days, this 33rd edition ended on January 29, 2017.
The Senegalese director had already won a Jury Prize last year for her short film “MamanS” produced (Bien ou Bien Production), which tells the painful story of a girl living in a polygamous family.
A hundred international selections were collected for this film, including the prestigious Festivals of Toronto (Grand Prix of the short film) and finally a nomination to the César 2017 of the Best Short Film which proves to be one of the biggest international successes for a Senegalese-French Short film in recent years.
“ I am so happy. It’s an incredible adventure that I am living because of “Mom (s)!” Never would I have imagined in writing the first lines of this story that it would have such success. Initially, it was beyond me, but I’ve learned to savor every moment, every exchange, every victory! I would like to thank you for your valuable support. I see each of your shares, your messages, your smiles … I take this opportunity to send all my love to my amazing team, to my formidable actors, to the best production team: we made this film hand in hand ! We have succeeded in more than 150 festivals around the world, so that the public can live, feel and be, for a few minutes, with little Aida! “Said Maïmouna Doucoure.
The Sundance Global Filmmaking Awards Festival dedicated to independent cinema has been a stepping stone for directors and actors of tomorrow for more than thirty years. This prestigious award is given to only 4 directors in the world, a consecration for the young director. “Delighted to share this wonderful story with you, I just returned from the Sundance Films Festival, where “Mom (s)”won the International Prize just a year ago with my SUNDANCE GLOBAL FILMMAKING AWARD My project of feature film. “Explained Maïmouna Doucouré.
A total of 118 films were screened in all categories: feature films, short films, documentaries, US cinema and cinema of the world.