SIGNIS award for best feature film goes to Daoud Aoulad-Syad’s A Jamaâ.

Ahmad Abdalla’s Microphone has won the best feature-length movie award at the eighth African Film Festival of Tarifa. The comedy-drama about an Egyptian man who returns home to Alexandria and gets involved in the underground music movement, received a prize of €15,000 for the award and was one of five films that received a special mention from the jury.

Hawi, Ashlaa, Drexciya and State Of Violence also received a special mention.

Best documentary feature film award (€10,000) went to Koundi Et Le Jeudi National, Ariani Astrid Atodji’s portrayal of everyday life in the Cameroonian village of Koundi, for its rigorous and tender look at the subject matter.

Other winners at the festival included Daoud Aoulad-Syad’s A Jamaâ, which won best direction and also scooped the SIGNIS award for best feature film, with acting awards going to Denise Newman and Youssouf Djaoro for their roles in Shirley Adams and Un Homme Qui Crie respectively, the latter of which also won audience award for best feature film.

More than 140 movies from 23 African countries screened at this year’s festival, with €46,500 awarded to the eight winners.