Mati Diop lives and works between France and Senegal. Her debut feature film Atlantics won the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival in 2019 (where Mati was also a jury member in 2021 along side Spike Lee) and was shortlisted for Best International Film at the Oscars 2020. Her short films, In my room (2020), One thousand suns (2014), Liberian Boy (2015), Big in Vietnam (2011), Snow Canon (2010) and Atlantics (2009) have been screened and awarded at many film festivals including Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam, Viennale, Indie Lisboa, FID Marseille and also MOMA. Mati was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Emerging Artist Award in 2016. As an actress, Mati Diop made her debut in Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum (2008), and has since appeared in Simon Killer by Antonio Campos (2012), Fort Buchanan by Benjamin Crotty (2014), and Hermia & Helena by Matias Piñeiro (2016).