List of FESPACO award winners

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Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) is an important biannual African film festival. The most prestigious award given out at the festival is the "Étalon de Yennenga" (Stallion of Yennenga), named in reference to the mythical founder of the Mossi empire.[1] The "Étalon de Yennenga" is awarded to the African film that best shows "Africa's realities".

Other special awards include the Oumarou Ganda Prize, given for the best first film, and the Paul Robeson Prize for the best film by a director of the African diaspora.

1st Semaine du cinéma africain (1969)[edit]

2nd Semaine du cinéma africain (1970)[edit]

3rd FESPACO (1972)[edit]

4th FESPACO (1973)[edit]

5th FESPACO (1976)[edit]

6th FESPACO (1979)[edit]

7th FESPACO (1981)[edit]

8th FESPACO (1983)[edit]

9th FESPACO (1985)[edit]

  • First prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Histoire d'une rencontre by Brahim Tsaki (Algeria)
  • Prize of the 7th art: Nelisita by Ruy Duarte (Angola)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Jours de tourmente by Paul Zoumbara (Burkina Faso)
  • Best Short Film: Mariaamu's Wedding by Nangaoma Ngoge (Tanzania)
  • Best Original Score: Pierre Akendengue for Les Coopérants (Cameroon)
  • Public Award: Rue Cases-nègres by Euzhan Palcy (France)

10th FESPACO (1987)[edit]

  • First prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Sarraounia by Med Hondo (Mauritania)
  • Prize of the 7th art: Le Choix by Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Nyamanton by Cheick Oumar Sissoko (Mali)
  • Best Short Film: Le Singe fou by Joseph Koumba (Gabon)
  • Best Music: Le Choix by Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
  • Public Award: Nyamanton by Cheick Oumar Sissoko (Mali)

11th FESPACO (1989)[edit]

  • First prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Héritage... Africa by Kwaw Ansah (Ghana)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Mortu Nega by Flora Gomes (Guinea-Bissau)
  • Best Short Film: La Geste de Segou (Segu janjo) by Mambaye Coulibaly (Mali)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: Ori by Raquel Gerber (Brazil)
  • Best Actress: Bia Gomes in Mortu Nega (Guinea-Bissau)
  • Best Actor: Kofi Bucknor in Héritage... Africa (Ghana)
  • Best Screenplay: Zan Boko by Gaston Kaboré (Burkina Faso)
  • Best Cinematography: La Citadelle by Mohamed Chouikh (Algeria)
  • Best Original Score: Francis Bebey for Yaaba (Burkina Faso)
  • Special mention for Sound Editing: Testament by John Akomfrah (Ghana)
  • Public Award: Yaaba by Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
  • Voice of Hope Award: Sidiki Bakaba in Les Guérisseurs (Ivory Coast)

12th FESPACO (1991)[edit]

13th FESPACO (1993)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Au nom du Christ by Gnoan Roger M'Bala (Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Gito l'ingrat by Léonce N'Gabo (Burundi)
  • Best Short film: Denko by Mohamed Camara (Guinea)
  • Best Documentary Film: Femmes d'Alger by Kamal Dehane (Algeria)
  • Jury Prize: Les étrangers by Djim Kola (Burkina Faso)
  • Jury Prize (Short Films): Boxumalen by Amet Diallo (Senegal)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: Lumumba, la mort d'un prophète by Raoul Peck (Haiti)
  • Best Actress: Maysa Marta in Les yeux bleus de Yonta (Guinea-Bissau)
  • Best Actor: Joseph Kumbela in Gito l'ingrat (Burundi)
  • Best Screenplay: Contre le gouvernement by Atef el-Tayeb (Egypt)
  • Best Film Editing: Bezness by Nouri Bouzid (Tunisia)
  • Best Cinematography: Sankofa by Haïlé Guerima (Burkina Faso/Ghana)
  • Best Original Score: Cheick Tidiane Seck for Yelema (Mali)
  • Best Sound Editing: Quartier Mozart by Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon)

14th FESPACO (1995)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Guimba the Tyrant by Cheick Oumar Sissoko (Mali)
  • Best Short Film: Le franc by Djibril Diop Mambéty (Senegal)
  • Best Actor: Mohamed Ali Allalou in Youcef (Algeria)
  • Best Actress: Yousra in Mercedes (Egypt)
  • Jury Prize: A la recherche du mari de ma femme by M.A. Tazi (Morocco)
  • Special Mention: Le grand Blanc de Lambaréné by Bassek Ba Kobhio (Cameroon)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: L'exil de Behanzin by Guy Deslauriers (Martinique)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Keïta by Dany Kouyaté (Burkina Faso)
  • Best Costumes and Decoration: Guimba by Cheick Oumar Sissoko (Mali)
  • Best Editing: Kahena Attia (Tunisia)
  • Best Screenplay: Khaled Al-Haggar for Ahlam Saghira (Egypt)

15th FESPACO (1997)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Buud Yam by Gaston Kaboré (Burkina Faso)
  • Best Short Film (Fiction): Bouzié by Jacques Trabi (Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Best Actor: Belkacem Hadjadj in Machaho (Algeria)
  • Best Actress: Aminata Ousmane Maïga in Faraw, mère de sables (Mali)
  • Jury Prize: Taafe Fanga by Adama Drabo (Mali)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: The Last Angel of History by John Akomfrah (United Kingdom)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Miel et cendres by Nadia Fares Anliker (Tunisia)
  • Best Editing: Kahena Attia for Miel et cendres (Tunisia)
  • Best Screenplay: Merzak Allouache for Salut Cousin! (Algeria)
  • Best Soundtrack: Le complot d'Aristote by Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Zimbabwe)
  • Best Original Score: Ilheu, de contenda by Leao Lopes (Cape Verde)
  • Best Cinematography: Tableau Ferraille by Moussa Sene Absa (Senegal)

16th FESPACO (1999)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Pièces d'identités by Mwezé Ngangura (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Special Mention: La vie sur terre by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania)
  • Best Actor: Fats Bookholane in Chikin Biznis (South Africa)
  • Best Actress: Dominique Mesa in Pièces d'identités (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: Sucre Amer by Christian Lara (Guadeloupe, France)
  • Paul Robeson Prize (Short Film): Blue Note by Rahdi Taylor (United States)
  • Best Editing: Nadia Ben Rachid for La vie sur terre (Mauritania)
  • Best Set Design: F. Baba Keïta for La Genèse (Mali)
  • Best Original Score: Wasis Diop for Silmandé (Burkina Faso)
  • Best Sound Editing: Tawsi Thabet for Lalla Hobby (Morocco)
  • Best Cinematography: Mustapha Ben Mihoub for L’Arche du désert (Algeria)
  • Best Screenplay: Mtutuzeli Matshoba for Chikin Biznis (South Africa)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Fools by Ramadan Suleiman (South Africa)
  • Best Short Film: On The Edge by Newton Aduaka (Nigeria)
  • Best Short Film - Special Mention: Souko, cinématographe en carton by Issiaka Konaté (Burkina Faso)
  • Best Documentary Film: Hot Irons by Andrew Dosunwu (Nigeria)
  • Best Documentary Film - Special Mention: Sarah Maladoror ou la nostalgie de l'utopie by Anne-Laure Folly (Burkina Faso)

17th FESPACO (2001)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Ali Zaoua by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco)
  • Jury Prize: Sia, le rêve du python by Dani Kouyté (Burkina Faso)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Rage by Newton I. Aduaka (Nigeria)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: Lumumba by Raoul Peck (Haiti)
  • Best Actor: Makéna Diop (Sénégal) in Battu by Cheick Oumar Sissoko (Mali)
  • Best Actress: Albertine N’Guessan in Adanggaman by Roger Gnoan M'Bala (Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Best Cinematography: Mohamed Soudani for Adanggaman (Algeria)
  • Best Screenplay: Dolè by Imunga Ivanga (Gabon)
  • Best Sets: Nacer Ktari and Larbi Ben Ali for Sois mon amie by Nacer Ktari (Tunisia)
  • Best Cinematography: Nacer Ktari and Larbi Ben Ali for Sois mon amie by Nacer Ktari (Tunisia)
  • Best Sound Editing: Fawzi Thabet for Siestes Grenadines by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud (Tunisia)
  • Best Original Score: Wasis Diop for Les Couilles de l’éléphant by Henri Joseph Koumba Bibidi (Gabon)
  • Best Short Film (Fiction): Bintou by Fanta Régina Nacro (Burkina Faso)

18th FESPACO (2003)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Heremakono by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania)
  • Jury Prize: Kabala by Assane Kouyaté (Mali)
  • Jury Prize (Short Film): A drink in the passage by Zola Maseko (South Africa)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: L’Afrance by Alain Gomis (France, Senegal)
  • Best Actor: Cheick Doukouré in Paris selon Moussa (Guinea)
  • Best Actress: Awatef Jendoubi in Fatma (Tunisia)
  • Best Cinematography: Abraham Haile Biru in Abouna (Chad)
  • Best Screenplay: Assana Kouyaté for Kabala (Mali)
  • Best Editing: Ronelle Loots for Promised Land (South Africa)
  • Best Sound Editing: Hachim Joulak for Fatma (Tunisia)
  • Best Original Score: Wasis Diop & Loy Ehrlich for Le prix du pardon (Senegal)
  • Best Set Decoration: Joseph Kpobly for Heremakono (Mauritania)
  • Best Short Film: Source d’histoire by Adama Rouamba (Burkina Faso)

19th FESPACO (2005)[edit]

20th FESPACO (2007)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Ezra by Newton Aduaka (Nigeria)
  • Second Prize: Les Saignantes by Jean Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon)
  • Third Prize: Daratt (Saison Seche) by Mahamat Saleh Haroun (Chad)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Barakat! by Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: Le President a-t-il le sida by Arnold Antonin (Haiti)
  • Best Documentary: Ejido, La loi du profit by Rhalib Jawad (Morocco)
  • Best Short Film: Menged by Daniel Taye Workou (Ethiopia)
  • Best Actor: Lofti Abdelli in Making Off (Tunisia)
  • Best Actress: Adèle Ado & Calmel Dorelia in Les saignantes (Cameroon)
  • Best Screenplay: Barakat! by Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria)
  • Best Cinematography: Daratt (Saison Seche) by Mahamat Saleh Haroun (Chad)
  • Best Editing: Nouri Bouzid for Making Off (Tunisia)
  • Best Original Score: Barakat! by Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria)
  • Best Sound Editing: L'ombre de Liberty by Imunga Ivanga (Gabon)

21st FESPACO (2009)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Teza by Haile Gerima (Ethiopia)
  • Second Prize: Nothing but the truth by John Kani (South Africa)
  • Third Prize: Mascarades by Lyes Salem (Algeria)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Le fauteuil by Missa Hebié (Burkina Faso)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: La passion d’un pays by Arnold Antonin (Haiti)
  • Best Documentary: Nos lieux interdits by Kilani Leila (Morocco)
  • Best Short Film: Sektou (Ils se sont tus...) by Benaissa Khaled (Algeria)
  • Best Actor: Jerusalema - Rapu-lana Sei-phemo (South Africa)
  • Best Actress: Les Jardins de Samira - Sana Mousiane (Morocco)
  • Best Screenplay: L'Absence - Mama Keita (Guinea)
  • Best Photography - Jerusalema - South Africa
  • Best Editing: Jerusalema - South Africa
  • Best Set: Wadaan Oummahat (Adieu Mères) - Morocco
  • Best Music: Wadaan Oummahat (Adieu Mères) - Morocco
  • TV and Video Prize: When we were black (Southafrica) by Khalo Matabane

22nd FESCAPO (2011)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Pegasus by Mouftakir Mohamed (Marrocos)
  • Second Prize: A Screaming Man by Mahamat Saleh Haroun (Chad)
  • Third Prize: The Ideal Guy by Owell Brown (Costa do Marfim)
  • Oumarou Ganda Prize: Our foreign by Sarah Bouyain (Burkina Faso)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: The Loves of a zombie by Arnold Antonin (Haiti)
  • Best Documentary: Oh whites by Fatima Ouattara (Burkina Faso)

23rd FESCAPO (2013)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Tey by Alain Gomis (Senegal)
  • Second Prize: Yema by Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria)
  • Third Prize: La Pirogue by Moussa Touré (Senegal)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: Le Bonheur d'Elza by Mariette Monpierre (Guadeloupe).
  • Best First Feature Film: Les Enfants De Toumaron by Harri Krisna et Sharvan Anenden (Mauritius)
  • Best Actor: Saul Williams in Alain Gomis' Tey (Senegal)
  • Best Actress: Mariam Ouedraogo in Apolline Traore's Moi Zaphira (Burkina Faso)
  • Best Feature Documentary: Meme Pas Mal by Nadia El Fani (Tunisia)
  • Best Short Film: Les Souliers de l'Aid by Anis Lasoued (Tunisia)

24th FESCAPO (2015)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Fievres by Hicham Ayouch (Morocco)
  • Second Prize: Fadhma N’Soumer by Belkacem Hadjadj (Algeria)
  • Third Prize: L’Oeil du Cyclone by Sékou Traoré (Burkina Faso)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: Morbayassa, le serment de Koumb by Cheikh Fantamady Camara (Guinée-Conakry)
  • Best First Feature Film: L’Oeil du Cyclone by Sékou Traoré (Burkina Faso)
  • Best Actor: Assande Fargas in Sékou Traoré's L’Oeil du Cyclone (Burkina Faso)
  • Best Actress: Maïmouna Ndiaye in Sékou Traoré's L’Oeil du Cyclone (Burkina Faso)
  • Best Feature Documentary: Miners Shot Down by Rehad Desai (South Africa)
  • Best Short Film: Zakaria by Leyla Bouzid (Tunisia)

25th FESCAPO (2017)[edit]

  • First Prize (Étalon de Yennenga): Félicité by Alain Formose Gomis (Sénégal)
  • Second Prize: A Mile in My Shoes by Saïd Khallaf (Morocco)
  • Third Prize: L'orage africain – Un continent sous influence by Sylvestre Amoussou (Bénin)
  • Paul Robeson Prize: Frontières by Apolline Woye Traoré (Burkina Faso)
  • Best First Feature Film: Le Puits Mohamed Yacine Belhadji by Lofti Bouchouchi (Algeria)
  • Best Actor: Ibrahim Koma in Wulu by Daouda Coulibaly (Mali)
  • Best Actress: Noufissa Benchahida in A la recherche du pouvoir perdu by Mohammed Ahed Bensouda (Morocco)
  • Best Feature Documentary: Kemtiyu, Séex Anta (Kemtiyu, Cheikh Anta) by Ousmane William Mbaye (Sénégal)
  • Best Short Film: Hymenee by Violaine Maryam Blanche Bellet (Maroc)

26th FESCAPO (2019)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sheldon, Kathleen E. (2005). Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Scarecrow Press. p. 272. ISBN 0-8108-5331-0.