OFFICIAL AWARD

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THE BAOBAB

BAOBAB, THE KING OF TREES


The BAOBAB is a strange tree because it looks like an old man who has an eye on everything, who sees everything, knows everything, accepts and resists all the blows of nature. Its dug trunk, flayed, with open holes, symbolizes the suffering of men. To say that a man is solid and full of experience and wisdom, he is called baobab.
The Baobab is the official symbol of the Quibdó Africa Film Festival. It is a representation of the mythical tree of Africa, full of history, symbol of peace, non-violence and longevity. It is undoubtedly the most famous tree in Africa and also the most easily recognizable. 
We meet, listen to the Griot (storyteller) under the shade of the baobab: "The tree to words" is a central place in the social life of the village.

 

IDEA AND CONCEPTION 


The idea of the Baobab was born from trying to find this link between Africa and its diaspora, something that unites us spiritually. Mysticism is for Africans and Afro-descendants, that invisible thread of our faith, which will eliminate the boundaries between us, where reality meets fiction. For African and Afro-descendant filmmakers, QAFF is a date when QUIBDÓ invites us to rethink our narrative. 
The design was made by one of Colombia's most talented artists, Paola Lucumí, Afro-Colombian visual artists, who has given life to this symbol of African culture. In September 2021, the Baobab, the official QAFF trophy, will be awarded.


The Baobab has great cultural, social and artistic value. This symbolic tree is a perfect reference for a cinematic narrative.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

  • Best Feature Film Baobab : Distribution in Cineland theaters in Colombia

  • Best Director Award : USD 1000

  • Best Short Film Award: USD 500

  • Best Documentary Award: USD 500

 

NATIONAL COMPETITION

  • Best Short Film Award : 

  • Best Documentary Award : 

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THE OFFICIAL POSTER 2020

The poster of the Quibdó Africa Film Festival 2020 represents the meeting of two cultures that remained invisible for a long time. There we find the image of a woman symbolizing Africa, the land of departure of the enslaved peoples to the Americas, the adoptive mother pointing her finger to her breast. 

 

The tree is a representation of the baobab, mythical tree of Africa, full of history, symbol of peace, non-violence and longevity. We meet, we listen to the Griot under the shade of the baobab: "The tree to spoken" is a central place in the social life of the village.

The colors of the fabrics are cheerful and give life to the wearer. The blue represents the ocean that has separated the two peoples for centuries. The orange color represents the rays of the sun, which is a sign of vitality, energy and life. All these elements united and represented in a harmonious and balanced way, are an integral part of what African and Afro-descendant cultures are.

 

"Making this poster allowed me to learn a little about African cultures. I was able to feel, express myself and create a work that allowed me to reconnect with ancestral customs related to my Chocoan culture."  

 

Alexander "Cala" Mosquera is a plastic artist from Quibdó. He is an enthusiast of the performing arts. He is convinced that the arts are the day to day feeling of the artist.