open call

Every year, the association Phenix 1776 organizes a week dedicated to cinema in high school level, called “Mwinda Workshops”, in a Sub-Saharan African countries.


The city of Yaoundé, in Cameroun, will host the Mwinda Workshops in April 2020. The chosen theme for the 2020 edition is “Gender Equality”. 



Based on the suggested theme, applicants will write a text under 2500 signs (including spaces), which could serve as a basis to shoot a short documentary under 7 minutes. 


12 students, selected upon their applications, will be offered two months of online mentoring to help write their project, followed by a week of classroom-training to finalize their texts. At the end of the week, five projects will be taken on. Supervised by professionals from the film industry, the twelve students will then dedicate the following week to the shooting and editing of selected scripts. 


The five movies will be shown during a closing ceremony, which is the capstone to this week of reflection and creativity. The best films, rewarded by TV5Monde, Canal+ and several partners of the project, will be broadcast on international TV channels and on CRTV. 


The 2020 edition of the Mwinda Workshops has the great honor of being mentored by Lilian Thuram, president of the Lilian Thuram Foundation, Education against Racism and for Equality. Lilian Thuram will be present in Yaoundé for a week in order to meet and guide our budding filmmakers.



  • Participants must be Cameroonian citizens

  • Participants must be registered in a Cameroonian public or private secondary school, in Form 5, lower sixth, upper sixth, or in University.

  • Participants must be comfortable with computer tools and web browsing

  • Participants must have easy access to their email

  • Participants must be available for two weeks, from March 28 to April 12, 2020 (Easter holidays)



  • From an idea of a short documentary on the theme of gender equality, send a text under 2500 signs (including spaces) which could serve as a basis to make the film 

  • A one-page cover letter explaining the participant’s interest for the Mwinda  Workshops and making a short film

  • A copy of student ID

  • A form stating the following: last name, first name, date of birth, school’s name and location, class, phone number and email address


Deadline for submitting your project: January 20, 2020.


The application can be written in French or English. 


Complete applications must be sent in electronic format to:



The list of selected students will be released at the end of January 2020.


Participation fees for Ateliers Mwinda (transportation, food, film production means…) are entirely taken care of by association Phenix.


NOTA BENE: incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.