Collection ID: COL 13
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Collection context


Flyers, publications, and miscellaneous material related to the FESPACO Festival beginning in 2007.
4 Boxes
Materials are in English and French
Preferred citation:

[item], FESPACO Collection. 2007-2017. Black Film Center & Archive. Indiana University—Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

FESPACO, the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, was founded in 1969 and has become the largest African film festival. The festival takes place biennially and is held in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. FESPACO is known for culturally consolidating African film; directors and producers are welcomed from all over Africa and the Diaspora. Films and television programs are submitted for jury consideration in the categories of: Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries, Television programs, & Series/Sitcoms.

Scope and Content:

Items in the BFCA's collection date back to the 2007 FESPACO festival. The majority of the collection consists of flyers intended to advertise films or film screenings and bound publications issued by official FESPACO publishers or publications topically related to FESPACO published by third-parties. Official publications include the Catalogue Officiel, which lists all the competing entries and their show times, and FESPACO News which is published daily during the FESPACO festival in French and English. Other publications in the collection are written in French. Also included are promotional flyers from African film production companies and advertisements for other film festivals taking place in Africa and Europe.

Items produced by IMAGINE (a film training institute founded by Gaston J. M. Kabore and located in Ouagadougou) are also included in the FESPACO collection. IMAGINE publications include informational pamphlets about the institute and a CD-ROM containing three promotional news clips about FESPACO.

A limited number of audiovisual items, including DVDs, are also collected by Martin during the festivals and are accessioned as part of the BFCA's general film collections.

Acquisition information:
Date of acquisition: Acquired by Michael T. Martin on location at the 2007 through 2017 FESPACO Festivals.
Processing information:

Processed by Gabriel Gardner.


This collection is arranged into the following seven series:

  1. Series 1. FESPACO publications
  2. Series 2. FESPACI materials
  3. Series 3. IMAGINE Film Training Institute materials
  4. Series 4. FESPACO Press Coverage
  5. Series 5. Miscellaneous
  6. Series 6. Non-FESPACO small format promotional materials
  7. Series 7. Posters
General note:

In 2022, the Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A) transitioned to its current name, the Black Film Center & Archive (BFCA). This finding aid was created under the organizational name Black Film Center/Archive. Upon this organizational name change, all previous references to the BFC/A were updated in this finding aid to match the current name, Black Film Center & Archive.



This collection is open for research.


Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Archivist.


[item], FESPACO Collection. 2007-2017. Black Film Center & Archive. Indiana University—Bloomington.

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