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Fiftieth anniversary of FESPACO (2019) : The great media momentum in Paris

The fiftieth anniversary of the Panafrican Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) will take place from February 23 to March 2, 2019. In order to give this major cultural event its media credentials, a press conference was held was held in Paris on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters. It is a communication mission led by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism. For the occasion, the lovers of the 7th art did not haggle their presence.

20 films are competing for the prestigious Yennenga Gold Standard Trophy, said Ardjouma Soma, General Delegate of FESPACO, during the press conference in Paris on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. In the category of films feature film, 20 films from sixteen different countries compete. Burkina Faso, organizing country, is going to conquer the Gold Standard with three achievements, continued the delegate general. Apolline Traoré returns with “Desrances”. Directors Abdoulaye Dao and Eric Lingani go on the offensive with “Duga or the scavengers”. The third Burkinabè is Issiaka Konaté with “Hakilitan or memory on the run”.

In addition to the Yennenga Gold Standard, other films are competing in other categories. This is the competition of short fiction films, the competition of feature film documentaries, the competition of short documentary films, the film competition of African film schools, the television series competition, the competition of animation cinema. This edition also recognizes the value of documentary films whose prizes are endowed with Stallion and Foal trophies, as well as fiction films.

FESPACO is also the business meeting forum for the development of the film and audiovisual industry. The African International Film and Television Market (MICA), which holds its 19th edition from February 24 to March 1, 2019, in addition to providing a professional space for the sale and purchase of cinematographic and audiovisual works, is an important part of meetings, promotion and exchanges open to film and audiovisual professionals from all over the world
The lovers of the 7th art did not haggle their presence at the UNESCO headquarters for the international press conference.

Others, like the Cameroonian comedian Eric Ebony, are in a hurry to be in Ouagadougou. The 50 years of FESPACO, for him, is the birth of a new youth. This will revive consciences and allow youth to be inspired. The Paris conference paid tribute to Alimata Salambere, the very first secretary general of FESPACO.


The choice of UNESCO for the press conference is not fortuitous, says the Minister of Culture, Abdoul Karim Sango. For him, at this time of our common history where violent extremism is gaining ground everywhere, the cinema can and must contribute to the promotion of the values ​​shared by the civilized nations of democracy, liberty, equality, social justice and fraternity, to name but a few.

The Minister is convinced that if we want to build a world of true peace, the cinema can be an effective media for educating the youngest around the aforementioned values. The ambassador of Burkina Faso in Paris, Gustave Ilboudo, invited movie buffs to go to Ouagadougou. All conditions are met to make their stay pleasant and secure. For the success of this edition, FESPACO can count on UNESCO. It is committed to accompany it with technical and financial means. After Paris, the speakers set sail for Brussels.



Article du : @Lefaso.net