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The film titled The Boda Boda Thieves, first made its appearance at the Durban FilmMart ealier this year.
It tells a tale of a poverty-stricken family - from Kampala in Uganda - that supports itself through meagre earnings operating a motorcycle taxi, also known as a "boda-boda".
The recognition at the Berlinale International Film Festival's Talent Campus is for its innovative and distinctive African storyline.
The Boda Boda Thieves is a product of collaboration between South African producer James Taylor and his Kenyan counterpart, producer Sarah Muhoho.
The film got a nod for the Highlight Pitch Award of the VFF (The German licensing agency for film and television producers) during the festival's Talent Project Market - a three day summit for emerging film-makers.
Taylor and Muhoho were given an opportunity to get hands-on training as producers and directors.
"The competition was tough and I feel very honoured and humbled by the support we have received in telling our uniquely African story on an international stage," said Muhoho.