The Ecobank Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of leading Pan-African lender, Ecobank, is making moves aimed at supporting Africa’s film industry.
The Foundation has confirmed plans to honour the African film portraying the most positive image of the continent, at a prestigious event known as the 2019 ‘Festival Panafricain du Cinema et de la Television Ougadougou’ (FESPACO).
The 2019 FESPACO festival runs from the 23rd of February until the 2nd of March in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. The festival is held every two years and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Organised by the Government of Burkina Faso, FESPACO is regarded as the most important film and cultural event on the African continent.
“It is a real honour for the Ecobank Foundation to sponsor such an important prize at this stellar film festival in Ougadougou,” said Carl Manlan, Chief Operating Officer of the Ecobank Foundation.
“Africa’s film industry is enjoying ever increasing global attention and acclaim, and we place great importance in providing public recognition to the film which best portrays the positivity of Africa. The Sembène Ousmane special prize will be awarded to the film which most reflects Ecobank’s value of dignity, honour and good governance,” he added.
Named after one of French-speaking luminary African creative writers, the Ecobank Foundation has been sponsoring the Sembène Ousmane special prize since 2007.
This year, over 400 movies will be screened at the festival of which 20 are taking part in the official competition. The special prize awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, 28th February, 2019. The overall winner of the festival will be announced at a closing ceremony on Saturday 2md March, 2019.