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Burkina Faso kicks off 25th Pan-African cinema festival

OUAGADOUGOU (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 Ouagadougou.

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African film festival to see special prize for short-film

OUAGADOUGOU (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. 

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