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In pictures: Africa's Oscars

A projectionist in Ouagadougou,

Africa's biggest film festival, Fespaco, is rolling in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, a city synonymous with African celluloid.

Congolese director Gerald Esomba (R) chats with honorary film festival president, Franco-Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango (L), in Ouagadougou before the opening ceremony of Fespaco

Hundreds of actors, directors and lovers of African cinema have gathered for the 20th edition of the biennial event which ends of Sunday.

People at Fespaco opening ceremony [Pic: BBC's Umaru Fofana]

And tens of thousands of Burkinabes filled Ouagadougou's stadium for the opening which was accompanied by fireworks, fun and frolics.

Tahitian dance troupe performs at the Pan-African Festival of Cinema and television in Ouagadougou (Fespaco)

There was traditional performance by Burkinabe artistes and their counterparts from Tahiti and Mali. The ceremony was full of pump and pageantry.

Children watching a film in Ouagadougou

The whole of Ouagadougou becomes engrossed in Fespaco. Here children watch a free film showing in one of the power suburbs of the capital.

A street vendor passes in front of movie posters in Ouagadougou

More than 200 films are being shown during the eight-day festival, among them 18 in contention for the coveted Yennenga Stallion prize for the best feature film.

Rwandan filmmaker Jacqueline Kalimunda - her film Homeland is a contender [Pic: BBC's Umaru Fofana]

Among the contenders for the award is Rwandan filmmaker Jacqueline Kalimunda with Homeland, which has been billed as the first Rwandan film about Rwanda.

A movie poster for Africa Paradis at a cinema in Ouagadougou

Common themes have been tradition and modernity and Africa and the West. Africa Paradis sees a time when Europeans will want to migrate to Africa. [Text: BBC's Umaru Fofana]

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