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

20  – 24 June 2023

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.



Thursday, 18 July, 4.00 PM


Category: Discussion

How to involve children as actors in film creation

with Marie Clementine Dusabejambo (Rwanda), Michel K. Zongo (Burkina Faso) and Serge Gnakabi (Ivory Coast)

Marie-Clementine Dusabejambo

Director and screenwriter

Born in Kigali / Rwanda, Marie-Clementine Dusabejambo is a self-taught filmmaker and by training an engineer in electronics and telecommunication. Her short films have been staged in numerous film festivals and have been screened through numerous TV channels around the world, earning international fame and numerous prizes including: the Cinit Award at the 2012 Milan Film Festival, the Ousmane Prize Sembene and Golden Dhow at ZIFF 2016, Bronze Tanit at JCC 2012 and JCC 2016 (Tunis), the EFERE OZAKO prize at AMAA 2017, the Chance Prize and the special THOMA SANKA prize at FESPACO 2017. Dusabejambo is based in Kigali/Rwanda.

by Ambrose “Bubi” Cooke


A Ghanaian living in Burkina Faso. His first big movie project was a series of 52 short movies, “Little Stories, Big Truths”, and won an award for the best African TV-series at the Panafrican movie festival, and another one for television at FESPACO in Ouagadougou in 2019. His moment of breakthrough was being the only director to make two official selections with his short film “The white on the shore of the lake” (during the aforementioned festival). He writes, directs, shoots and assembles his movies on his own – which he is not proud of.

Serge Roland Gnakabi

Animator and illustrator

2D animator and illustrator Serge Gnakabi has a Fine Arts degree from the Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l’Action Culturelle (INSAAC) in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and a degree in Technical Arts from the Applied Arts Technical Center (CTAA) at Bingerville. He created and illustrated the comics “Mon beau pays” and “Richesse a tout prix” (2002) before switching to the audio-visual company Studio 6 in 2017. He was a storyboard artist and draftsman in the animated series “Nubu et Yara” (2017) and illustrator of the series “La Bible en dessin anime” (2018. He has also served as an illustrator and animator for the series “Bouyou” (2019) and various institutional films from Studio 6. He is currently working on his first short film with the provisional title “Moustique”.