Mati Diop lives and works between France and Senegal. Her debut feature film Atlantics won the Grand Prix du Jury at Cannes Film Festival where it premiered in 2019. Her previous short films, A Thousand Suns (2013), Big in Vietnam (2012), Snow Canon (2011) and Atlantics (2009) have been screened and awarded at film festivals including Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam, Viennale, FID Marseille, Indie Lisboa. Also at the MoMA and Museum of the Moving Image. Mati was awarded Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Emerging Artist Award in 2016. As an actress, she 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 Piņeiro (2016).