Drawing on the momentum of the 2009 21st Edition of FESPACO, the largest film festival of African cinema held biennially in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, this is the occasion to highlight the Pan-African Film Festival and other important venues for the celebration and viewing of African cinema, and works by African women in particular.
To underscore the presence of women at the very beginning of this historic festival, it is worth noting that Alimata Salembéré of Burkina Faso was one of the founding members and president of the organizing committee of the first festival in 1969; she also served as the General Secretary of the festival from 1982 to 1984.
In the last 30 years the presence of outlets to showcase the works of African women have proliferated on the continent and internationally, with women leading the way.
Below are articles published on the African Women in Cinema Blog highlighting the festivals, forums and cultural events whose objective is to promote the films, stories and experiences of women of Africa and the diaspora.
The post will be updated to reflect current content. UPDATED 31 DECEMBER 2017
Report | Compte-rendu: Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé | International Women’s Film Festival of Salé - Edition 11, 2017 - Maroc | Morocco
Call for Entries | Appel à films 2018 - Women's History Month Film Festival Women in Media-Newark (USA)
Mothers, daughters and sisters: Women of the African Cinema at the FCAT 14th edition - Festival de Cine Africano Tarifa–Tánger
Festival International des Images Comiques (FESTICO) : L’impact de la femme dans la comédie | The Impact of Women in Comedy - 2017 (Cameroun)
Women shaking things up | Les femmes font bouger les lignes - table-ronde/roundtable avec/with Olivier Barlet: Chloé Aïcha Boro, Hinde Boujemaa, Nina Khada, Aïcha Macky, Amina Weira - FCAPA
Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2017 announces the Adiaha Award for Best African Female Documentary Filmmaker
Claire & Angèle, Nadia, Pocas, Rama, in/en conversation: To be a woman filmmaker in Africa | Être réalisatrice en Afrique
Journées cinématographiques de la femme africaine (JCFA) 2016 | The Film Festival of African Women - Burkina Faso
FESTAF 1st | 1ère edition 2016 : Paris 8 celebrates the black woman | Paris 8 célèbre la femme noire – 8 mars | 8 March
UDADA Film Festival (Kenya) - 24-29 October 2014 - Interview with co-organiser Matrid Nyagah - Goethe Institut
2015: Festival International du Films de Femmes (FIFF) - Inscriptions ouvertes | Intl Women’s Film Festival- Submissions open
Call for entries - Appel à films – UDADA FILM FESTIVAL – 1st edition, women's film festival – festival de femmes
TAZAMA - African Women Film Festival | Festival du film des femmes africaines - January | janvier 2014 - Congo-Brazzaville
The Cultural Healing Festival – London diaspora edition 2013: Founder and director of the festival Taghreed Elsanhouri
Nadine Otsobogo crée le Festival du Film de Masuku - Nature et environnement | Nadine Otosobogo creates the Film Festival of Masuku - Nature and Environment (Gabon) - 15-17 août 2013 | 15-17 August 2013
Farah Clémentine Dramani Issifou: the 2013 Africadoc Benin and Festival des Nouveaux Cinémas Documentaires (New Documentary Cinemas Festival)
Naky Sy Savane: “Cinema is a vehicle for unity and social cohesion” – International Film Festival of the Lagunes – 08-16 November 2013 (Côte d'Ivoire)
Safi Faye: Role Model (A tribute to Safi Faye at the 32nd Festival International de Films de Femmes)