Alex Moussa Sawadogo

  • Alex Moussa Sawadogo
Director of the festival, Cultural operator
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv

Holder of a Master's degree in Art History from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and a Professional Master's degree in Cultural and Media Management acquired in Hamburg, Germany. Alex Moussa Sawadogo specialises in the creation and management of cultural projects, the programming of African films and contemporary African dance.

He was early involved in many cultural projects and institutes in Burkina Faso such as the Fespaco film festival, the contemporary dance festival "Dialogue de Corps" and the cultural centre "Olorun". In 2005 he was in charge of Press and Culture at the Burkina Faso Embassy in Germany. In 2007, together with friends from the Institute for Cultural Management and Media in Hamburg, he founded the Berlin African Film Festival - AFRIKAMERA. In 2011, he initiates with the same team the African contemporary dance festival "Border Border Express" and "Moussokouma" in 2013, "Nuits Blanches à Ouagadougou" in 2016, a biennial festival which takes place at the Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) in Berlin.

He has been Programme Director at numerous festivals such as the Winterthur Short Film Festival in Switzerland, "Wie im Film" in Berlin, Theater der Welt 2014 (Mannheim), Kampnagel in Hamburg, and Exterrtority Project (Israel). At the Durban International Film Festival 2017 in South Africa, he was in charge of the programming of German Films (Focus Germany).

As a jury member in numerous film festivals, he was from 2012 to 2015 Africa Consultant for the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) and since 2014 Africa Consultant for the Busan International Film Festival (South Korea), and for the Koudougou Documentary Meetings - Koudougou Doc in Burkina Faso. Since 2016 he is Africa consultant at the Festival du Vision du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland.

In 2016, he initiated the collective "Generation Films" and is the artistic director of the development and co-production laboratory "Ouaga Film Lab". Alex Moussa Sawadogo is since 2007, Director of the Berlin African Film Festival "AFRIKAMERA"; and since January 2016, Artistic Director of the Opera Village in Burkina Faso. Alex Moussa Sawadogo lives between Burkina Faso and Germany.

He was appointed in the Council of Ministers of Burkina Faso on October 14, 2020 as General Delegate of FESPACO.


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