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‘AfriqueCannes’ – A Feature-Length Documentary On FESPACO Is In Development

'AfriqueCannes' - A Feature-Length Documentary On FESPACO Is In Development

There’s practically no information on this online yet, but I thought it was worthy of a mention – something to watch for in the future, whenever more is released, and/or the film debuts.

I learned last night that a feature length documentary on FESPACO, continental Africa’s largest and most significant film and arts celebration (which is going on right now, and ends this weekend) is in the works.

Titled AfriqueCannes, its listed directors are Brits Dave Calhoun and Don Boyd. I found both gentlemen on Twitter luckily, and inquired about the film, but haven’t received a reply yet. I did notice that others had asked them about it, wondering whether it’ll screen in their cities, and Calhoun’s reply was simply “Definitely. Watch this space!

As far as I know, there really hasn’t been a feature-length documentary on the festival. I certainly could be wrong about that, but my research didn’t turn up anything, which is really odd. So there might be something out there that I just don’t know about. If you know of a comprehensive feature doc on the festival (its history through the present) please let us know. I’d like to check it out. 

But in the meantime, stay tune for more on AfriqueCannes (the title likely suggesting that FESPACO is Africa’s Cannes Film Festival); when we now more, so will you.

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Dominic Dowbekin

AfriqueCannes is available free and on demand on

EC Forde

The film is one of a number of projects to Premiere during 2013 on an online Arts platform based in the UK.

The film is described as a portrait of African film today, told through the experience of those attending the festival. The feature length documentary contains unique footage of the festival’s outdoor opening and closing ceremonies as well as events such as a memorial to past African filmmakers. At the heart of the film are several first-person testimonies about the state and role of African film today, told by those who know best: African filmmakers.

I hope that helps.

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