Gaston JM Kaboré is a filmmaker, founder and General Manager of the Institut Imagine.

Born in 1951 in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso second city, Gaston JM Kaboré grows up in Ouagadougou then returns in his hometown where he gets a Literature baccalaureate in 1970. While studying in France, he graduates from the University La Sorbonne Paris IV a History and Geography Bachelor’s degree then, the next year, a Master’s degree in History at the University La Sorbonne Paris I and a DEAin History in 1975.

Becoming aware of the importance of cinema as a manner to reappropriate oneself, Gaston JM Kaboré integrates the Higher school of Cinematographic Studies (ESEC) in Paris, France, and comes out with a Higher Diploma in cinema, Filmmaking option, in 1976.

Back to Burkina Faso, Gaston JM Kaboré integrates from 1977 to 1981 the Ministry of Information and Culture as a technical advisor in charge of the cinema. Simultaneously, he takes an active part to the 7th art development in his country: Manager of the Burkina Faso National Cinematographic Center (from 1977 to 1988); teacher at the Film Studies African Institute, INAFEC (from 1977 to 1986); Member of the Expert Committee for the set up of the Interafrican Cinematographic Distribution Consortium (CIDC) and the Interafrican Film Production Center (CIPROFILMS) (from 1977 to 1986); Committee Member of the Panafrican Cinema and Television film festival in Ouagadougou (FESPACO) since 1978.

In addition to reports and documentaries shooting since 1977 see Filmography, it is in the 1980s and the 1990s that Gaston JM Kaboré’s name is worldly renown thanks to his features Wend Kuuni (French Cesar for Best francophone film in 1985), Zan Boko (Silver Tanit, Carthage Film Festival 1988), Rabi (Special Jury Prize, Carthage Film Festival 1992) and Buud Yam (Etalon de Yennenga, Fespaco 1997).

De 1985 à 1997, Gaston JM Kaboré is received successively three elective mandates as a General Secretary of the Panafrican filmmakers’ federation (FEPACI). From 1989 to 2002, he is also the General Manager of the Independent production company for cinema and television “CiNECOM PRODUCTION”.

Member in the Artistic Council of the Afrique en Création Foundation (from 1991 to 1993), the Administration Council of the Ecrans du Sud Foundation and Committee President of the “Training and Technical Assistance” of this same Foundation in Paris, France (from 1992 to 1993), Gaston JM Kaboré becomes co-founder, head of publication and editorialist of the quarterly and bilingual (French & English) African magazine on cinema, TV and video “Ecrans d’Afrique-African Screen” from 1992 to 1998.

Originator and director of the book publication “Africa and the Centenary of Cinema” published by FEPACI/Présence Africaine editions in 1995, Gaston JM Kaboré never cease to organize professionals training sessions in Africa (from Senegal to South Africa). He was also jury member of international film festival juries (in Locarno, Venise, Cannes, Rotterdam, Berlin, Ouagadougou).

Thanks to his numerous experiences and his desire to transmit, Gaston JM Kaboré found in 2003 the Institute Imagine that he actually manages.

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