Friday , August 19 2022

Security concerns companies celebrate African film festival


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Ouagadougou (AFP)

Africa's biggest film festival celebrates its 50th birthday on Saturday, contributing to the cinema and continent industry but covered by security problems in the country that serves Burkina Faso.

Fespaco – the acronym in French Pan-African Film Festival and Television Ouagadougou – is developing in the Burkina capital every two years.

After launching in 1969 and hard to model at Cannes Film Festival, Fespaco gives African film and television professionals an opportunity to network and set their jobs to clients in Europe, North America and you beyond.

This year's motion, under the "memory and future" theme, will screen 165 films over a week, ranging from features and TV series, cartoons, short films and movie school projects.

Twenty full films will be joust for the "African Oscar" named – Golden Stallion of Yennenga, named after a legendary 12th century warrior princess who established the Mossi empire.

The winners of the award – awarded for the movie that show "Reality Africa" ​​- have been "Felicite" (2017), portraying the strict life of the bar singer in Kinshasa by the Senegal-French Alain Gomis, a "Drum" (2005) by South Africa Zola Maseko, am an investigative journalist in Johannesburg during apartheid in the 1950s.

Participants of 4,500 film industry participants and 100,000 members of the public are expected to turn out for the 450 shows, which will take place at nine locations in Ouagadougou and in Bobo Dioulasso and Ouahigouya, other major cities in the country.

"The goal is to return to the basic things of the festival – to bring filmmakers and film makers to the remote areas of Ouagadougou," said headmaster of Fespaco, Adiouma Soma.

"The public can see the highest number of films and directors having the opportunity to meet people who watch their work."

Filming in sub-Saharan Africa is only assessed in volume terms, mainly by Nigeria and Nollywood – the second largest in the world after Bollywood India – while Senegal and South Africa have industries who is well established and respected.

In rich countries, African films may be screened in arthouse cinemas, but they rarely make it to a large audience.

A common complaint is that African productions lack limited financial muscles to give the power of a movie and glitzy star – read expensive – special effects.

Experts say that emerging digital technology is able to offer directors significant savings in production and distribution costs – it may be covered by a special seminar at this year's festival.

Security will be tight at the opening ceremonies, which will be held at the Ouagadougou 25,000 urban stadium.

Burkina Faso is on the front line of a bloody jelly rebellion that has spread across the Sahel.

Raids began in the north of the country in 2015 before spreading to the east, leaving more than 300 deaths.

Eight civilians and security police members have been killed since December alone.

Ouagadougou has been hit three times in the last three years, including a co-ordinated assault last March that was targeting a French embassy and spoiled the country's military headquarters.

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