Fatima awarded at The 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen


Naima Mohamud’s short film Fatima won the main prize of the Children’s Jury at the 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. The film has previously been awarded at Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the largest annual film festival for children.

Fatima is a short film about friendship that conquers all fears. Fatima, a 9-year-old girl, overhears her mother and father talking about divorce. Milla, her best friend, finds out about Fatima’s fears and  comes up with great ideas, inspired by Bollywood films. The most important thing is to get Fatima’s parents to fall in love again, by any means necessary.

Members of the Children’s Jury (Kristina Avdoyan, Matha Akieva, Talal El-Zein, Mimoza Kajtazi, Julien Krasnig) gave the following motivation when awarding Fatima:

Most people know that friendship is important. But some situations arealmost impossible to cope with without a best friend, which our winning film shows. It also addresses the issue of divorce; we think that is very important. Nonetheless it is first and foremost funny and exciting. It teaches us that we should stick together. In addition, we were thrilled by the music and the great ideas the girls in Fatima have.

Fatima has been produced by Markku Tuurna for Filmimaa Oy.

More information:

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen


via the Finnish Film Commission

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.