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The golden Yennega Stallion grand prize | Coastweek

OUAGADOUGOU (Xinhua)-- Burkinabe President Rock Marc Christian Kabore (R) and Alassane Ouattara (L), President of Cote d’Ivoire present the Golden Stallion to the Franco-Senegalese filmmaker, Alain Gomis (2nd R) during the closing ceremony of the 25th edition of the Panafrican Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, March 4, 2017. The Senegalese filmmaker Alain Formose Gomis has won on Saturday the golden Yennega Stallion, the Grand prize of 25th edition of Fespaco film festival in Ouagadougou. XINHUA PHOTO: REMI ZOERINGRE
Senegalese filmmaker wins grand prize at African film event

OUAGADOUGOU (Xinhua) -- Senegalese filmmaker Alain Formose Gomis has won the golden Yennega Stallion, the grand prize of 25th edition of pan-African FESPACO film festival in Ouagadougou.

At the biennial pan-African cinema and television festival known as FESPACO, which concluded on Saturday, Gomis won the golden Yennega Stallion with a reward valued at 20 million CFA francs (about 32,389 U.S. dollars), with the film “Felicity.”

The two runners-up were Beninese Sylvestre Amoussou with Silver Yennega Stallion and Said Khalaf from Morocco who ranks third with Bronze Yennega Stallion awarded to his film “A Mile in My Shoes.”

“It is a great honour to lift this trophy,” Gomis said, expressing gratitude to all those who helped him achieve the award winning film.

Gomis won the grand prize four years ago for the first time at the 23rd edition of FESPACO.

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Burkina Faso’s president urges cultivating film industry in Africa

OUAGADOUGOU (Xinhua) -- Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore called for the emergence of the film industry in Africa here on Saturday.

“We should work for the emergence of the film industry in Africa and we are working to make it a reality,” Kabore said at the closing ceremony of the 25th Pan-African Cinema and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).

He made the remarks after handing the golden Yennega Stallion, the grand prize of the biennial festival FESPACO, to the winner—Senegalese filmmaker Alain Formose Gomis, whose film beat 19 other competing feature-length fiction films.

Alassane Dramane Ouattara, president of Cote d’Ivoire, was present at the closing ceremony, as his country was the guest of honor of the 25th  FESPACO.

“The African culture, our culture, is celebrated with so much excitement,” he said. “To all those who took part in the festival, Cote d’Ivoire feels honoured and the people of Cote d’Ivoire support you.”

A total of 150 films from African countries took part in the competition at this year’s FESPACO, which was kicked off on Feb. 25 in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou. 

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