According to Reuters, Africa’s premier film festival opened in Burkina Faso's capitol city Ouagadougou on Saturday (October 16) with "a colourful ceremony showcasing choreography, and acrobatic and musical acts from some of the continent’s biggest names, including Senegalese Grammy nominee Baaba Maal."
The festival had originally been planned for February, but was postponed as Burkina Faso tackled a surge in coronavirus cases.
Seventeen feature films will compete for the grand prize, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga, named after a beast in Burkinabé mythology, with filmmakers coming from Egypt, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Tunisia and Haiti.
The winners will be selected by an international jury headed by Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako, who won France's César for best film in 2015 with his film Timbuktu.
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