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About Us

Africa in Motion is a largely volunteer-run festival, founded in 2006 by good friends Lizelle Bisschoff and Melissa Trachtenberg. At the time, Lizelle had just commenced with a PhD in African cinema, and quickly came to realise how difficult it is to access African films. Not wanting to keep her research to the academic realm only, she founded the Africa in Motion film festival alongside Melissa in order to create more opportunities for Scottish audiences to see African films and to provide a platform to African filmmakers to exhibit their work in Scotland.

The main aims of the festival have been, since its inception, to introduce Scottish audiences to the brilliance of African cinema and to overcome the under-representation and marginalisation of African film in British film-going culture. We believe that the best way to learn about Africa is to listen to African voices and to view representations created by African themselves, as these often counter the stereotypical representations we see from Africa in mainstream media in the West. But our main reason for screening the films is because we believe they are great films which should be seen the world over. Our audiences agree with us – we are proud that our audiences have grown from around 1,300 people in 2006 to almost 3,000 people in 2009!

Since 2009 AiM has been co-directed by curly-haired friends Lizelle Bisschoff and Stefanie Van de Peer. Stefanie is, like Lizelle, a researcher and writer in African cinema.

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Festival Co-directors Stefanie Van de Peer and Lizelle Bisschoff. Picture by Ola Gruszczynska

Festival directors

Lizelle Bisschoff: AiM founder and director
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Stefanie Van de Peer: Co-director
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Staff and volunteers

Kari Ann Shiff: Festival Management & Guests Hospitality
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Kirsty Dickson: Press & Marketing Advisor

Gillian Cook: Press Officer – for all press enquiries, please get in touch with Gillian
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Natalia Palombo: Press Assistant
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Ailsa Boag: Opening Event Coordinator
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Safia Ali Kparah: Fashion & Jewellery Coordinator

Claude Pisani: Partnership Coordinator – if you are interested in forming a partnership with AiM, please contact Claude: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Alastair Cole: Film Selections
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Jamie Young: Graphic Designer
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Natalia Rodríguez Domínguez: Website & Graphic Design
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Richie McCaffery: Copy Writer & Poetry Event Organiser

Other lovely volunteers helping us out with various things: Zora King, Shauna Powers, Lynne Jones, Vee Shanky, Penda Diallo, Leila Bright, Charlie Ager, Wonu Tejumade, Rosie Baker, Susan Clare, Ross Cunningham

Student Internships

Heath Iverson: Children’s Events Coordinator - email hidden; JavaScript is required

Corey Boling: Filming and Film Guild Workshop - email hidden; JavaScript is required

Vikki Evans: Tour Promotion - email hidden; JavaScript is required

Kelly Lynn Jamieson: Social Networking - email hidden; JavaScript is required

Ana Moraes: Volunteer Coordinator - email hidden; JavaScript is required

Gail Clark: Stall and Feedback Form Coordinator - email hidden; JavaScript is required


Michael Marten: Photographer

Mabel Forsyth: Photographer

Moragh Reid: DRC Event Organiser

Fiona Macalister: Music Events Organiser

Mara Menzies: Storyteller

Jonathan & Anna Freemantle: Fashion Event Organisers

AiM Board of Advisors

Mark Cousins – Film critic, writer and producer

Andrew Lawrence – Lecturer in African Politics at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh

Noe Mendelle – Head of Film and TV at the Edinburgh College of Art and Director of the Scottish Documentary Institute

David Murphy – Senior lecturer at the University of Stirling and a leading scholar on African Film

Paul Nugent – Professor of Comparative African History and Director of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh

Past Festivals

Africa in Motion 2009

Africa in Motion 2008

Africa in Motion 2007

Africa in Motion 2006

Contact us

By email

By phone +44 (0)7807 485 058

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