Award-winning movie producer, Peter Sedufia talks about this year’s FESPACO. Moreover, he laments over the government’s failure to sponsor them. Also, their inattention to the film’s involvement in Africa’s largest film festival. FESPACO is the largest film festival in Africa and takes place in Burkina Faso.
According to Peter, the festival selected their movie “Keteke”. Therefore, as a requirement, they were to get sponsorship from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts. This was for some cast and crew as well as send a delegation to support the filmmakers.
However, upon several visits to the Ministry, they were ineffective. Moreover, the French embassy gave the sponsorship for the producer’s trip, which is him.
Peter Sedufia about the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts
“Currently at FESPACO, where it looks like the filmmaking hub of Africa has converged. Most countries whose citizens’ films are in the festival have sent entourage of delegates from their countries to come support their filmmakers in this all important celebration of African cinema. As to how they managed to get their government involved, is another discussion. Back home in my country, Ghana, we sent an official letter to the ministry in charge of our creative industry to inform them of the selection of “#KETEKE” in this prestigious event, and sought for sponsorship to send some of the cast and crew to represent the film just as other countries have done.
Guess what? It has been “go and come, go and come”, till we sent a late letter to the French embassy in Ghana and they accepted to sponsor one of the crew “the producer” to the event. Of course, I am here on the ticket of FESPACO; they could only sponsor one person on the team.
Now, here we are, and all the media outlets, including BBC and the audience keep asking why the lead cast are not present. Then, BBC decided to have a phone interview with the lead actress (@lydiaforson)
And guess what again?
I’m informed that the Rwandan president is arriving in Ougadougou today to join his people to support the Rwandan film in competition at FESPACO. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting to hear from our sector ministry… “
March 4, 2019
March 4, 2019