The first edition of the Pan-African Festival series started on Tuesday evening in Dakar and continues until May 6th, with 27 films in the running.
The purpose of this first edition is to “build and accompany the accelerations that are underway” in this sector of the film and audiovisual industry.
The general manager of the Dakar Series Festival, Séraphine Angoula, said that in addition to the screening of films and series, there will also be round tables, master classes, workshops on acting and co-production and financing.
Séraphine Angoula added that the artistic event has the ambition to reflect on how to give more ambition to audiovisual projects, especially series which are more produced than films on the African continent.
For her part, the Senegalese actress Rokhaya Niang, honorary godmother of the festival, welcomed “all actors of African series”, while welcoming the choice of Senegal, where several series have been shot.
Thus, the second season of the famous series “Wara” produced by Senegal, Niger, and France was previewed during the evening.
Senegal is well represented in the competition with the series “Terranga”, “Salma”, “Emprises”, “Déchéances”, “Wara” season 2, “Vautours” and “Black Santiago Club”, a Senegal/Benin co-production.
Films from Cameroon, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Nigeria, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, and South Africa are also in the running.
The jury for this first edition of Dakar Séries will be chaired by Senegalese producer and director Omar Sall, the actress, singer, and dancer Nathalie Vairac (France) as well as the professor of African literature and civilizations Ibrahima Wane (Senegal).