ECOWAS: ECOWAS institutes another award at FESPACO

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is instituting the award for the Best film Producer at this year’s Pan-African Television and Film Festival (FESPACO), which opened on 28 Feb. 2015, as a way of boosting the organisation’s involvement and visibility at the popular continental cinema event held in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital.

The Commission said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday that ECOWAS has been a major FESPACO partner since 1993.

The Best Producer Award, worth 10 million FCFA (US$17,000), follows the Integration Award worth 15 million FCFA (US$25,500) instituted by the regional organisation in 2009.

ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, who will personally present the awards and accompanying trophies during the closing ceremony of the current 24th edition of the cinema festival on 7 March 2015, described the biannual cultural event as the most important of its kind, devoted to films produced by African film-makers.

An ECOWAS delegation led by the Director of Education and Culture, Prof. Abdoulaye Maga, is already in Ouagadougou making necessary contacts with FESPACO organisers towards ensuring a successful outing.

At the 2015 edition of FESPACO, some 134 films have been selected for screening from the 720 received by the selection committee, including 20 feature films from 17 countries that will compete for the coveted Yennenga Prize, FESPACO’s highest award.

This year's FESPACO is being held under the theme “African Cinema, production and distribution in a digital age,” to lay emphasis on technological evolution in response to the concerns of film-making professionals, and the need to incorporate works from the Africa Diaspora
-0- PANA SEG 4March2015

04 march 2015 12:40:09




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