Beatriz Leal Riesco

Beatriz Leal Riesco (Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1978) is an art historian and film critic educated at the University of Salamanca and La Scuola Normale di Pisa. She currently works as a freelance researcher, journalist, and independent curator in the United States, where she writes about contemporary African art and cinema for an array of Africa-focused platforms including Africa is a Country, Buala, GuinGuinBali, Okayafrica, and Wiriko, and as a programmer for the New York African Film Festival.

Beyond her journalistic work on African cultural reality, she collaborates with the newspaper Rebelión and the international translation magazine Asymptote, and she has published academic articles on the theory and history of cinema in Secuencias, African Screens, Africaneando, Art-es, and various other journals. She is a member of the international organizations SOCINE, ASA and NECS and part of the advisory board of the journal CARACTERES based in the University of Salamanca. She has received numerous grants and prizes in Spain and Italy, and has lectured in such institutions as Princeton University, Rice University, Wharton School of Business, Laval University, the Public University of Navarra, the University of Salamanca, and the University of Recife.

Co-director with Wendy L. Belcher and Kofi Agawu of the international conference “Semaphores and Surfaces: Reading the New African Cinemas” (Princeton University, 2013), her latest publication is Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years of the New York African Film Festival (2013), a book of interviews and essays with contemporary African filmmakers co-edited with Mahen Bonetti.




Olivier Barlet

Olivier Barlet was born in Paris in 1952. He has translated a number of books on Africa and of African authors, and is also the author of different books himself. He is a member of the Syndicat français de la critique de cinema, delegate for Africa at the Cannes Festival Critics Week, and is a film correspondant for Africultures and Afriscope. He was a long time a film correspondant for Africa international, Afrique-Asie and Continental. He is in charge of the Images plurielles collection on cinema for L'Harmattan Publishing House. His book entitled "Les Cinémas d'Afrique noire : le regard en question", which won the Prix Art et Essai 1997 from the Centre national de la Cinématographie, has been published in the collection and has been translated into English under the title "African Cinemas, Decolonizing the Gaze" (Zed Books, London), as well as into German and Italian. His last book is entitled African Film in the 2000s : Critical Perspectives (L’Harmattan, Paris, 2012). Olivier Barlet was 1997-2004 chief editor of Africultures, an African cultural journal that features a paper edition and a website (www.africultures.com) and is now in charge of the internet development, especially of the Southplanet international database (www.southplanet.net). He has also written numerous articles on African film for Africultures and in various journals, and is a member of the African Federation of film critics (www.africine.org) through the french Afrimages association.


Griot for the Best Feature Length Film sponsored by Magtel

Griot for Best Documentary Film sponsored by Hoteles Eurostar

Griot for the Best Short Film sponsored byEl Corte Ingles

Audience Award sponsored by Magtel

Premio Cordoba Ciudad Solidaria


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