10 March 2017
While the luminaries of the African film world descended on Burkina Faso last week for the start of Fespaco, the biannual pan-African film festival holding its 25th edition Feb. 25-March 4, French media conglom Vivendi used the fest’s opening as a showcase for its ongoing plans to expand its footprint across Africa.
With a screening of “L’oeil du cyclone” (Eye of the Storm), local helmer Sékou Traoré’s 2015 Fespaco prize-winner, the company unveiled the fifth movie theater it has built in sub-Saharan Africa in less than a year, part of an ambitious initiative dubbed CanalOlympia. Taking its name from the fabled L’Olympia movie theater in Paris, CanalOlympia is a high-profile gambit to transform moviegoing in one of the world’s most underserved cinematic regions.
Ryan Kruger won Best Music Video and the Alan Clarke Award for Achievement for his video to Jody Cash - Sexy at the Liverpool International Festival.
Alan Clarke was a renowned local flm-maker in the independent film scene and boosted the careers of many successful actors, such as Ray Winstone, Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. Though Clarke passed in 1990, his family still sponsors the award today.