Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Founding year: 1969
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Fespaco, or the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, is the largest African film festival. Held biennially, the aim is to "contribute to the expansion and development of African cinema as means of expression, education and awareness-raising".
Because of its elaborate opening and closing ceremonies and prominence for the African film industry, FESPACO has been dubbed "Africa's Oscars." The most prestigious award given out at the festival is the "¨¦talon de Yennenga", named in reference to the legendary founder of the Mossi empire.
FESPACO's main functions include serving as a market for African international film and television market; promoting African cinema and culture through the festival and its publications; screening African films in rural areas in partnership with NGOs, schools, and other institutions; and promoting African cinema in international festivals and film series.