Today is the last day of FESPACO 2013, and awards have begun to be handed out, which we will bring to you once the final award, the Golden Stallion (the Etalon de Yennenga), is revealed.
As Fespaco opens, Africa’s biggest film festival featuring movies from across the continent, we consider the successes in the developing world’s cinema output.
But what are the political, financial and logistical challenges still faced by film makers and artists in Africa and beyond? Censorship, distribution, funding, language, the Hollywood version of their stories versus the versions they want to tell – all limit film-makers story-telling abilities.
Will the likes of Nollywood and Bollywood ever be able to compete with Hollywood – and if so, how? What defines ‘success’ anyway – is it always commercial?