(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
president urges cultivating film industry in Africa
(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
“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.