24th edition of FESPACO in Brussels

The 24th edition of FESPACO (Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou) will occur from February the 28th till March the 7th 2015. It will focus on the following theme "African Cinema: Production and Distribution in the Digital Era."

As each two years, Africalia is pleased to welcome the FESPACO team in Brussels to promote the African cinema biennial with a press conference and a special evening dedicated to African cinema on Tuesday January the 13th 2015.

 !!! FESPACO 2015 Press conference in Brussels - 13 January 2015, 10:30 AM !!! - Secretariat of the ACP Group of States


Due to reasons beyond our control, the Fespaco press conference originally scheduled on this Tuesday 13th of January 2015 has been postponed to Monday 19th of January at 10:30 am, in the presence of the Minister of Culture and Tourism, at the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you to reconfirm your presence at lise.surmont@africalia.be

This year, the press conference of the 24th edition will take place at 10:30 AM at the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States (Avenue Georges-Henri 451 Georges Henri laan, 1200 Brussels – Room C). It is aimed mainly at journalists and cinema and audiovisual professionals.


Special FESPACO evening in Brussels - 13 January 2015, 8pm - Centre Culturel d’Uccle 

Fespaco Photo Mukwege et les femmes1

Before FESPACO 2015, a special evening is organized at Centre Culturel d’Uccle (rue Rouge 47 Rodestraat, 1180 Brussels), with the Belgian Première of the film

Congo, un médecin pour sauver les femmes

by Senegalese film director Angèle Diabang. (In the presence of the film director – Film in French, English subtitles).

Awarded the Sakharov Prize 2014, the Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege operates since fifteen years on women victim of sexual violence in the province of South Kivu in the hospital he founded, This film, which hands him over, as well as the nursing staff and their patients, is a cry in the face of the world.
Few words that tell the stories of women who face daily barbarism.

The screening will start at 8 PM (tickets can be removed from 7pm).

You can download the press release of the film (in French) by clicking on the following link: dossier de presse Congo, un médecin pour sauver les femmes.

Reservation is required to both events. Please RSVP before Tuesday, January 6th 2015 by email: lise.surmont@africalia.be or fax: +32 2 412 58 90



Fespaco is considered as one of the biggest film events on the African continent. This biennial event brings together all the uneven years and for one week, African and not - African professionals and festival - goers from all over the world sharing one common factor: the African film and African Diaspora. During this great film manifest, various film competitions are organised and professionals of the seventh art demonstrate their expertise and excellence to put the African cinema on the international stage. It is both a cultural event, through art and cultural expression, as a festive event with thousands of festival - goers who meet together every two years to communicate, to build relationships, to exchange expertise and to reinvent themselves.

The 24th edition is going under some reforms : the official competition of feature films is from now open to films of the diaspora as well as digital format and awards of the three different “etalons” are moving on.



This FESPACO Event in Brussels is a collaboration between the Embassy of Burkina Faso, the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States, Africalia, Centre Culturel d’Uccle, WBI (Wallonia-Brussels International), Karoninka Production, the FIFF (International Francophone Film Festival), Afrika Filmfestival, Festival International du film d’Amour de Mons, CHU Saint-Pierre Bruxelles, Lingeer and GFAIA.