m. africanus aveh if there is any single e vent that has sig- grown to become the most significant event in nificantly developed and promoted African film the promotion and development of African film over the past half century, then it is the Festival through its biennial festival in Ouagadougou, Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Burkina Faso. It has become the converging Ouagadougou (Pan-African Film and Television point for showcasing African film as well as a Festival of Ouagadougou), or FESPACO, based congregation of the continent’s filmmakers in in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa. one place. But for this festival, little would have The festival also has been a source of great been known of Burkina Faso even by its neigh- scholarship in film studies. bors in the region. Historical Development The Organizational Structure At a meeting in Algiers in 1969, a group of Af- FESPACO is organized as a body corporate rican filmmakers decided to organize a “Film headed by a chief executive and staff operating Week” to showcase African films produced on a secretariat located in Ouagadougou. It is cur- the continent and share creative ideas. The rently headed by Ardiouma Soma. The secre-
Journal of Film and Video – University of Illinois Press
Published: Apr 29, 2020
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