(Xinhua) -- The 25th Pan-African cinema
and television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) kicks off in
Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, on Saturday.
Themed “cinema and audiovisual
professions and training”, the festival will see the screening
of 20 films from different African countries.
Feature-length fiction films at
Fespaco, among which three Burkina faso made films, are in
competition for the Yennega Golden Stallion.
On Friday, a wholly solar-powered new
projection room of 300 seats was inaugurated in the upscale
quarters Ouaga 2000 as part of the festival.
“Ouagadougou, the capital of African
cinema, is all the more satisfied as the masterpiece comes
timely on the eve of the 25th edition of FESPACO”,
Tahirou Barry, minister of culture said.
“It is a new rising sun in the
national cinematographic field with an increased
availability and quality of cultural infrastructures in
accordance with the priority program of the president of
Burkina Faso”, he explained.
During inauguration ceremony on
Friday, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said the
“construction of the new screening room is timely as FESPACO
should open while there was a lack of quality cinema rooms in
African film festival to see
special prize for short-film
(Xinhua) -- The guild of African film directors and
producers, a Paris based NGO, will reward a short-film with the
special Thomas Sankara prize during the Pan-African festival
known as FESPACO in Burkina Faso.
The 3 million CFA francs prize (about
4,830 U.S. dollars) is a tribute to the deceased Thomas Sankara
who ruled the revolutionary Burkina Faso in the 1980s, promoters
of the NGO said Sunday in the capital Ouagadougou.
“We are not looking for a
revolutionary film. Cinema is already a revolutionary deed,”
Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, chairman of the NGO.
“Making a film in Africa is already an
act of commitment and resistance,” he added.
Thomas Sankara is the father of
Burkina Faso revolution and was assassinated in October 1987
during a coup that brought to power President Blaise Compaore,
himself driven from power by a popular uprising in October 2014.
FESPACO, the Pan-African cinema and
television festival, is holding its 25th edition that
kicked off on Saturday in Ouagadougou.
A total of 150 films are in
competition and 20 are vying for the golden “Stallion of Yennega”,
the grand prize.
Held under the theme of “cinema and
audiovisual professions and training,” the festival will close
on March 4.