Africa in Motion Film Festival – 21 Oct to 5 Nov 2010
Welcome to Africa in Motion 2010, the festival’s fifth birthday!
We are very excited to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of Africa in Motion. The growth of the festival is visible in the increased length, the wide variety of events and festivities and the diversity of our audiences. AiM’s massive success is thanks to our loyal audiences over the years, and your belief in the power of African films – thank you!
The profile of the festival has grown steadily since the inaugural season in 2006, as was affirmed by a prestigious international award we received earlier this year. The main theme of AiM 2009 was a focus on issues of trauma, conflict and reconciliation in a pan-African context, as 2009 was the United Nation’s International Year of Reconciliation. Not only were we asked to compile a report on the festival that was presented to the UN Secretary General in January this year, but we also received an award for our contribution to drawing attending to reconciliation issues, for which we travelled to Bern in Switzerland!
This fifth edition of the festival is entirely devoted to celebrations. Firstly, we are of course celebrating the successes of AiM so far, including our appreciation of our devoted audience members who grow in number every year. We are also celebrating 50 years of independence of 17 African countries. The programme is dedicated to celebrating freedom and independence, and the creativity and innovation in African filmmaking.
This year our extensive programme includes over 70 films from 28 African countries. AiM 2010 is structured thematically, with every day dedicated to a different theme including: Mandela, children, dance, North Africa, the environment, sport, music, design and beauty. We are also focusing on a number of the 17 African countries celebrating their 50 years of independence.
As always, we present a wide range of exciting complementary events with many partners all over Edinburgh: there is a poetry event at the Scottish Poetry Library, a children’s animation workshop with Red Kite, a dance workshop at Dance Base and a fashion extravaganza in collaboration with Noir! and the Edinburgh College of Art. We are also once again taking some of the films on our rural Scottish tour in November. We will be visiting communities in Fife, Cromarty, Orkney and Skye. Please join us there if you can!
Thank you to our dedicated team of staff and volunteers, all our partners and supporters, and especially Filmhouse Cinema and all the wonderful people who work there.
We hope that you will enjoy this 16-day celebration with us!
Travelling to Edinburgh for the festival? You can find more information on how to get to Edinburgh and where to stay here.