FLASH Section

This non-competitive section includes the runaway hits of the Festival, Italian premieres of affirmed directors, critically acclaimed or major films from the most important international film festivals: the best of contemporary arthouse films from Africa, Asia and Latin America.



Sam Pollard | United States | 2020 | 104'

Philippe Lacôte | France, Ivory Coast, Canada, Sénégal | 2020 | 93'

Wang Xiaoshuai | China | 2019 | 175'

Suhaib Gasmelbari | France, Sudan, Germany, Chad, Qatar | 2019 | 93'

Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar | 2019 | 120'

Amp Wong, Zhao Ji | China, United States | 2019 | 98'



The competition section presents and premieres nationally a selection of the most recent feature films of the fiction and documentary genres from Africa, Asia and Latin America, focusing on young and emerging directors presented at the most prestigious international festivals.
Entirely devoted to Africa, this historic section competes in short films created by cinematographers from the entire African continent and the diaspora. This section aims at promoting fledgling and young rookie directors, paying close attention to innovations and new expressive languages. The films in these sections compete for the “Best African Short Film” award.
This section of Italian or Italian-based directors, reckoning with different cultures, hosts movies without genres or length distinction, whether filmed in Africa, Asia or Latin America or exploring themes of Italian multiculturalism. The films in these sections compete for the “Best Extr’A Film” award.
This non-competitive section presents special screenings of movies from and about Africa, Asia and Latin America, for a further exploring of the cinematography and current events of the three continents. Some screenings are presented in cooperation with Festival Partners or connected to interdisciplinary projects.
Important news this year is the participation of FESCAAAL in the programme “Women Talents”, promoted by the City of Milan’s Assessorato alla Cultura with a programme of recent films by women directors from Africa, Asia and Latin America, and a round-table discussion to reflect on female cinema.
Special event Saturday, March 27th - 5:30pm: Private spaces, global issues, contemporary visions
Since 2017, Africa Talks inquiries about tendencies and opportunities which are revolutionizing different sectors in Africa which contribute to its future economic development. Every year the event presents a round-table discussion with international expert speakers, followed by a special screening of a film related to the theme of the edition. In collaboration with Fondazione Edu.