FESPACO 2017: ACPCultures+ Highlights

A great edition celebrating excellence

ACPCultures+ was present at the FESPACO with 3 movies, offered 3 prizes, organised MICA’s opening conference and a round table on training

Félicité by Alain Gomis, a tale about a nightclub singer who has to scrape together funds to pay for her son's treatment after a road accident, scooped the top prize at Africa's top cinema festival. The film won the Golden Stallion award at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou. ACPCultures+ had the chance to interview Alain Gomis at the Berlin Film Festival two weeks earlier, where he won the Silver Bear jury prize (watch the video interview here).

Alain Gomis, winner of the Golden Stallion

The festival's Silver Stallion was awarded to Un Orage Africain (An African Storm), an anti-colonial tale by Benin director Sylvestre Amoussou, and the Bronze Stallion to A Mile in My Shoes, a drama by Said Khallaf of Morocco.

Daouda Coulibaly’s first feature film, Wùlu, supported by ACPCultures+, won two main awards. Malian film was among the favourites to win the prestigious Yennenga Gold Stallion. Instead, the film was awarded the Ousmane-Sembène Prize, named after one of the pioneers and greatest African directors, for its relevance in addressing “corruption” in a film that recounts the rise of a West African drug lord and the socio-political effects of drug trafficking in West Africa.

Daouda Coulibaly

Daouda Coulibaly, director of Wùlu

Denise Epoté, director of TV5 Monde Africa announced: “For the accuracy with which the scourge of the corruption of the elites was depicted, for the quality of the action by the cast, for the technical quality of the film, unanimously the jury awarded Wùlu the Ecobank Sambene Ousmane prize 2017.” Wùlu also won the award for best actor, awarded to Ibrahima Koma.

Two others films supported by the Programme were presented at FESPACO: Tahirou Tasséré Ouédraogo’s Thom in official competition and Yared Zeleké’s Lamb in Panorama.


ACPCultures+ organised the opening conference of the Cinema and Audiovisual Market (MICA) on the 26th of February. More than 400 professionals participated at the conference on the theme “Audiovisual and innovation: entrepreneurship, financing, and interactivity, keys to market access”, opened by Stefano Manservisi, Director General of the Directorate General of International Cooperation and Development (download the full report here).

conférence d'ouverture MICA

On the 3rd of March, ACPCultures+ organised a round table on “Audiovisual and training: adapting curricula to the market”. Several speakers highlighted good practices in terms of adapting structures to the market, either by relying on public authorities or by enriching their curriculum with multimedia courses (more information here).

The round table was organised after the presentation of the results of the ACPCultures+ supported project “Digital Capital”, implemented by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. “Digital Capital” has already made it possible to draw up a directive aimed at establishing the legal audiovisual deposit in West Africa and the recirculation of 120 hours of films and series which have become unavailable due to lack of digital copies. The project has promoted the creation of Archibald, a system of exchange of archives between French-speaking African broadcasting and the production of two series with archives. It was within the framework of the project execution that the Institut imagine of Ouagadougou received a film scanner, worth 60,000 euros, about 40 million CFA francs.


For the first time, a joint award has been offered by the European Union and the Secretariat of the ACP States. The prize, valued at 15,000 € (nearly 9,850,000 FCFA), is intended to promote the distribution of the awarded ACP films in the official selection, and to contribute to their promotion and that of their directors. The award will cover the costs of subtitling and/or dubbing of 3 films in several European and African languages and the invitation of the directors to an European festival. The winning films are:

Félicité, Golden Stallion, Alain Formose GOMIS (Senegal)

Kemtiyu, Séex Anta, Ousmane-William MBAYE (Senegal)

The bicycle man, Twiggy MATIWANA (South Africa)

The EU / ACP prize has been offered by Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission and Mr Léonard Emile Ognimba, Assistant Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States.

They both took advantage of this visit to Burkina Faso to organise several meetings with artists, professionals and cultural operators. “It is important for the European Union and the ACP Secretariat to understand the needs and expectations of the cultural professionals with a view to launching of a new support programme to ACP cultural industries in 2018”, stressed Mr Manservisi.

Manservisi at espace Gambidi

 Visit at espace Gambidi, Ouagagoudou 


From a timid start in 1969, the Pan-African film and television festival has today grown into the leading cultural event in Africa. The event is modelled on the Cannes Film festival. Like Cannes, it:

  • offers an opportunity for film enthusiasts to binge-watch cinematic productions;
  • brings professionals together to promote their work and discuss industry-related challenges;
  • celebrates excellence by handing trophies to top industry talents.

FESPACO received almost 1,000 submissions for 2017, far more than previous years.

Films shot on budget-intensive celluloid were the standard and the official selection was open only to continental African directors. The restriction was lifted a year ago. So now, digital films and films from directors from the African diaspora qualify for consideration in all categories.

The large number of entries meant submissions were put through a sift, and ultimately 150 films were retained by the organisers. But many directors were in Ouagadougou to promote work which does not feature in the official strands - so a total of 200 films has been screened during the festival.

Every year, an African country is designated as "guest of honour" - this year, it was Burkina Faso's neighbour Côte d’Ivoire. Côte d’Ivoire responded in style, with two Ivorian productions featuring in the festival's main competition. But that is not all: Côte d’Ivoire provided its mega reggae star - Alpha Blondy - as the lead act for the lavish performances which marked the opening ceremony of FESPACO 2017.




« Félicité », Alain Formose Gomis (Senegal)

« Kemtiyu, Séex Anta », Ousmane-William MBAYE (Senegal)

« The bicycle man », Twiggy MATIWANA (South Africa)


Golden Stallion, « Félicité », Alain Formose Gomis (Senegal)

Silver Stallion, « L’orage africain – Un continent sous influence », Sylvestre Amoussou (Benin)

Bronze Stallion, « A mile in my shoes » Saïd Khallaf (Morocco)


First prize, « Kemtiyu, Séex Anta », Ousmane-William MBAYE (Senegal)

Second prize, « Congo ! Le silence des crimes oubliés », Gilbert BALUFU (D.R. Congo)

Third prize, « A footnote in ballet history ? », Abdel Khalek HISHAM (Egypt)


Best feature film, « Down side up », Peter OWUSU – University of Legon (Ghana)

Best documentary, « Nubuke » de Aryee BISMARK – National Film and télévision Institute (Ghana)

Special prize of the African schools, « Heritage », Fatoumata Tioye COULIBALY (Mali)


Best TV series, « Tundu Wundu » - Abdoulahad WONE (Senegal)

Special jury prize, « Aphasie » - Hyacinthe HOUNSOU (Côte d’Ivoire)


Golden foal, « Hymenee », Violaine Maryam Blanche BELLET (Morocco)

Silver foal, « The bicycle man »,  Twiggy MATIWANA (South Africa)

Bronze foal, « Khallina hakka khir », Mehdi M. BARSAOUI (Tunisia)

Special mention of the jury, « A place for myself », Marie Clémentine DUSABEJAMBO (Rwanda)


Best editing, « L’interprète », Olivier Meliche Koné (Côte d’Ivoire)

Best music, « Le puits », Lotfi Bouchouchi (Algeria)

Best set, « The lucky specials », Rea Rangaka (South Africa)

Best sound, « Félicité », Alain Formose Gomis (Sénégal)

Best cinematography, « Zin’naariya ! », Rahmatou Kéïta (Niger)

Best scenario, « La forêt du Niolo », Adama Roamba (Burkina Faso)

Best actress, « A la recherche du pouvoir perdu », Mohammed Ahed Bensouda (Morocco)

Best actor, « Wulu », Daouda Coulibaly (Mali)

Best poster, « The lucky specials », Rea Rangaka (South Africa)

Oumarou Ganda Prize, « Le puits », Lotfi Bouchouchi (Algeria)

Paul Robeson Prize, « Frontières », Apolline Traoré (Burkina Faso)


Félix Houphouet-Boigny Prize of the “Conseil de l’Entente”, « Frontières », Apolline Traoré (Burkina Faso)

CEDEAO Integration Prize for the best West African film, « Frontières », Apolline Traoré (Burkina Faso).

UNICEF Prize, « La rue n’est pas ma mère », Jérôme N Yaméogo (Burkina Faso)

Ouagadougou Twon Prize, « La rue n’est pas ma mère », Jérôme N Yaméogo (Burkina Faso)

« Sembène Ousmane » Prize, EcoBank, « Wulu », Daouda Coulibaly (Mali)

« Soumanou Vieira » Prize of the African Federation of Cinema Critics (FACC), « A mile in my shoes », Said Khallaf (Morocco)

« Signis » Prize, « The lucky specials », Rea Rangaka (South Africa)

Special mention to « A mile in my shoes », Said Khallaf (Morocco) by the World Catholic Association of Communication.

« Thomas Sankara »  Prize of the African Guild of Filmmakers and Producers, « A place for myself », Marie Clémentine Dusabejambo (Rwanda)

“Prize of luck” of the LONAB, « A place for myself », Marie Clémentine Dusabejambo (Rwanda)

WaterAid Prize for water, hygiene and sanitation, « Le puits », Lofti Bouchouchi (Algeria)

Health and work safety, « Bons baisers de Morurua », Larbi Benchiha (Algeria)

Special prize of the National Assembly, « L’Orage africain », Sylvestre Amoussou (Benin)

March 9, 2017
© copyright 2012 : ECO3 S.P.R.L. - webmaster@acpculturesplus.eu