New York African Film Festival Director Mahen Bonetti presents a curated selection from recent festivals. The film titles and descriptions will be announced here on MAR 4.
Programmed as part of BEST IN SHOW
Each Best In Show weekend is full of film, guests, discussions and related events. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample films fresh off the festival circuit.
FESPACO AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
FRI | APR 19 | 7 PM
MICROPHONE (replaces VIRGIN MAGARIDA)
SAT | APR 20 | 2 PM
SAT | APR 20 | 7 PM
DEATH FOR SALE
SUN | APR 21 | 2 PM
The largest film festival in Africa, FESPACO takes place every two years in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Since its inception in 1969, the festival’s goal has been to “contribute to the expansion and development of African cinema as a means of expression, education and awareness-raising.” It is the largest cultural event on the African continent and focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on African film and filmmakers. Because of its elaborate opening and closing ceremonies and its prominence for the African film industry, FESPACO has been dubbed “Africa’s Oscars,” and the festival is undeniably an integral piece of the African film industry. FESPACO’s main functions include serving as a market for African film and television; promoting African cinema and culture through the festival and its publications; screening African films in rural areas in partnership with NGOs, schools, and other institutions; and promoting African cinema in international festivals and film series.
“I have grown up with a generation of filmmakers who, like me, have become active participants in disseminating our stories throughout the world. FESPACO is the neutral space that allows all of us to network and catch up on the latest trends in African cinema. This space is truly the crossroads of Africa and her cinema.”
Mahen Bonetti, Founder and Executive Director of the New York African Film Festival
FESPACO Festival Banner.
One of FESPACO’s Distinctive Open-Air Theaters.
Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bekolo Receiving the Etalon d’Argent de Yenenga Prize.
Opening Ceremonies of FESPACO.
On the Streets of Burkina Faso.
Festival Poster of FESPACO 2011.