Fifth Edition of Kids’ Film Festival
at Operndorf Afrika, Burkina Faso

11  – 15 June 2024

The KIFIFE’s selection, including documentaries, fiction, short films and animations, is based on African children and teenagers as protagonist or directors, aiming at showing their everyday reality.



In a workshop, the school children learned the stop-motion technique with filmmakers and produced a small film. With self-made backdrops and figures, young Alima tells us about school, home and what is important to her. The workshop was led by Serge Dimitri Pitroipa and André Daniel Tapsoba from the Association Burkinabé Cinéma d'Animation.

KIFIFE 2021 is over! With inspiring presentations by the workshop participants in storytelling and stop motion animation as well as a fabulous dance performance by Troupe Warbe de Tamissi, we closed the 2nd edition of KIFIFE, the Kids' Film Festival at Operndorf Afrika / Village Opéra! The Festival's last screening took place under a starry sky at Tamissi Village. The atmosphere was magical and the film "Adama" by Simon Rouby was the perfect ending to a wonderful festival.

We are happy to introduce you the new director of the KIFIFE Festival: François Bouda! François Bouda is an arts and culture manager from Burkina Faso. With about fourteen years of experience in the cultural and development sector, he has been involved in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of cultural policies, various programs and projects on the African continent and outside. François Bouda has worked with international organizations in Europe, Asia and the United States, including the Francophonie Mission to the UN in New York, the CKU (Danish Center for Culture and Development) and AMA (Art Moves Africa). In 2021, he

Unfortunately, due to the current situation, we have to postpone KIFIFE indefinitely. The Government of Burkina Faso has closed all schools and universities until the end of the month. Demonstrations are prohibited until the end of April and the national culture week has been canceled. There are currently ten confirmed infected people, but the number of unreported cases is estimated to be significantly higher, as in most African countries. The health of our employees is our top priority and we support medical care through our infirmary as best we can.

After a long time waiting, the kid's film festival at Operndorf Afrika finally started: musical entertainment by Orchestra Konaté, and speeches by Aino Laberenz (managing director of Operndorf Afrika), as well as the General Secretary of the local community of Ziniaré, Bertrand Sawadogo, were part of the opening this morning. The African film experts - Marie Clémentine Dusabejambo (Rwanda), Michel K. Zongo (Burkina Faso) and Serge Gnakabi (Ivory Coast) - have arrived and are preparing for the first workshop in the afternoon. Have a look at our Photoblog for more insights!