Out of Europe - New films from Africa

Out of Europe XII - anniversary programm

Cologne’s African film festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary, presenting Out of Europe XII with a jubilee programme of 85 feature and documentary films, political videos, shorts, experimental and animated films from 20 African countries (many of which are Germany premieres) as well as 20 guests travelling in from Cairo, Casablanca, Dakar, Cape Town, Paris, Geneva, Vienna and Berlin. The 2012 festival is offering Cologne’s most comprehensive portrayal of contemporary African filmmaking so far.

To compile such a programme, members of FilmInitiativ have again visited the world’s most significant festival of African cinema, the FESPACO in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), as they have been doing biennially since 1993. The FESPACO’s 23rd edition took place in spring 2011 and its most important prizewinners are now present in Cologne.
The last two years saw FilmInitiativ extend their festival visits to Tunis, Cairo, Tarifa, Rotterdam, Leuven and Berlin – and assess programmes of African cinema events from Zanzibar to Toronto and New York. Research resulted in a choice of hundreds of films, of which only the best were selected to make the Cologne anniversary programme. The weeks of viewing turned into a proverbial agony of choice amongst films of outstanding quality, produced against all political, technical and financial odds encountered in many African countries. Recent productions from North and South Africa made this more evident than ever.

Out of Europe - Cinemas

Filmforum im Museum Ludwig

Bischofsgartenstr. 1 
50667 Köln 

"Filmforum im Museum Ludwig"

"Filmforum im Museum Ludwig"

Allerweltskino / OFF Broadway

Zülpicher Straße 24
50674 Köln

"OFF Broadway"

"OFF Broadway"

Filmhaus Köln

Maybachstraße 111
50670 Köln

"Filmhaus Köln"

"Filmhaus Köln"


Herbrandstraße 11
50825 Köln-Ehrenfeld



Anniversary Greetings from previous festival guests

Newton Aduaka, Jean-Marie Teno & Khaled El Hagar (2001)

Audience Award 2012

Mohamed Diab
Kairo 678

Gäste / Guests / Invités 2012

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