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Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Best Filmmakers in Africa Were at FESPACO 2015

The Best Filmmakers in Africa Were at FESPACO 2015 


The best filmmakers in Africa were competing for the Golden Stallion of Yennenga at the 24th Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) which closed on Saturday March 7, 2015, at the Palais Des Sports De Ouaga 2000, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. And French-Moroccan filmmaker, Hicham Ayouch’s "Fievres" won the highly coveted Golden Stallion of Yennenga, the biggest prize for best film, beating the Oscar nominated "Timbuktu" of French-Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako. 


"I have white skin, but the blood flowing in the veins is black. My father is Moroccan, my mother is Tunisian. I am African and I am proud of it," said Ayouch who won the Étalon de Yenenga (Golden Stallion of Yennenga) with cash prize of 20 million CFA. His elder brother Nabil Ayouch won the same first prize for his film "Ali Zaoua" in the 2001 edition.

 The biennial international film festival from February 28 to March 7, 2015, attracted 134 films from more than 30 countries, including Nigerians Desmond Ovbiagele with his much talked about movie “Render to Caesar” and Iquo B. Essien with her short film, “Aissa's Story” in competition. The theme was “African Cinema: Production and Distribution in the Digital Era”. FESPACO insists on films in 35mm for the main competition with categories for video and television. Newton Aduaka is the first and still the only Nigerian filmmaker who has won the Golden Stallion of Yennenga for his war film "Ezra" in 2007. 

See the complete list of winners on http://www.fespaco.bf/en/




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