From September 20 to 30, Cologne’s African Film Festival is to celebrate its 20th anniversary. This year, Out of Europe XII is to screen 85 feature and documentary films, political videos, shorts, experimental and animated films from 20 African countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, and welcome 20 guests traveling in from Cairo, Casablanca, Dakar, Cape Town, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, and Berlin.
Many of these films will be make their German premiere at the festival.
To compile such a programme, members of FilmInitiativ again visited the world’s most significant African film festival, the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso, as they have been doing twice a year since 1993. The FESPACO’s 23rd edition took place in spring 2011 and its most important prizewinners are to be present in Cologne.
During the last two years, FilmInitiativ extended their festival visits to Tunis, Cairo, Tarifa, Rotterdam, Leuven and Berlin and assessed the programmes of African film events from Zanzibar to New York. They chose hundreds of films, of which only the best were selected for the Cologne anniversary programme.
The festival is to screen a selection of films of outstanding quality, produced against all political, technical, and financial odds, from many African countries.
For more information about the African Film Festival, please click here.