16th March 2023
We here at Africa in Motion are absolutely thrilled to be teaming up with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival down in London in order to support and champion three vital stories from the continent and its diaspora. "Human rights are personal.
14th October 2022
Africa in Motion Film Festival (AiM) is delighted to announce the shortlist for the annual Short Film Competition.
30th September 2022
We are thrilled to announce the first cohort of our new Emerging Curators programme. This exciting new pathway is designed to open new opportunities in the exhibition sector and help prevent the gatekeeping of roles within the film industry.
19th July 2022
Do you love films? Or get excited by the discovery of new stories?
If so, Africa in Motion invites you to apply for a paid opportunity to join the pre-selection panel, which will review submissions for our 2022 short film competition.
17th June 2022
Portrait of Steve McQueen in Year 3 at Tate Britain ©Tate.
31st May 2022
Earlier this month, we were delighted to celebrate Africa in Motion’s inaugural Coconut & Cane event - an exciting new series of gatherings to strengthen ties within the Black diaspora using film, poetry, music, and food as a way to communally connect, learn, and grow.
3rd November 2021
The votes are in! We are pleased to announce that Dorlis (2021) directed by Enricka MH, has been selected as this year’s audience award winner of the Africa in Motion Short Film Competition.
31st October 2021
We are pleased to announce that Al-Sit (2020) directed by Suzannah Mirghani, has been selected as this year’s jury award winner of the Africa in Motion Short Film Competition.
25th October 2021
Congratulations to all filmmakers selected for the 27th edition of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou! FESPACO is the largest African film festival in the world and is bi-annual. It took place from 16 to 23 October 2021.
4th October 2021
Our annual Short Film Competition returns for the fourteenth year, showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers from across the continent and the diaspora. This year's shortlist was selected from over 600 entries, and the finalists comprise a broad range of films, each with a unique style, narrative and voice.
12th September 2021
By Grace Coletta Feinmann
Philippe Lacôte’s The Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) unravels with the urgency of anarchic survival and mythic ties.
30th August 2021
Monday 30 August 2021, Glasgow. Africa in Motion Film Festival (AiM) is delighted to announce three world premieres as part of the 2021 festival edition. The festival has commissioned new poetry from three Black female poets with support from the Scottish Poetry Library and Obsidian Foundation.
18th August 2021
Co-curators Finn Daniels-Yeomans and Carmen Thompson interview Naima OUCHTOUBANE about documentary Amussu, a collaborative film project about the protest movement in Imider, Morocco, whose villagers are resisting one of Africa’s biggest silver mines to save their oasis. Naima is 27 years old, with a bachelor degree in sociology.
22nd July 2021
Night of the Kings / Philippe Lacôte/ Côte d'Ivoire / 2020 / 93 min / French, Dioula, Nouchi
When a young man is incarcerated in Côte d’Ivoire’s largest prison, La MACA, he finds himself entering a world as dangerous and complex as the one he was navigating on the outside.
27th November 2020
This year, Africa in Motion is presenting a newly restored version of Farida Benlyazid’s Bab Al-Sama Maftuh (Door to the Sky) (1989). The film explores numerous themes such as grief, religion, and community in a journey of self-discovery and female emancipation.
27th November 2020
We are pleased to announce that "Da Yie" (Good Night) has been chosen as this year’s jury award winner of the Africa in Motion Short Film Competition.
23rd November 2020
“We’re at Malika’s place… the gatekeeper of the void. ”
– Chawki Amari (Algerian journalist, writer and actor)
Algerian filmmaker Hassan Ferhani brings us an understated gem in his second feature-length documentary 143 rue du désert (143 Sahara Street).
17th November 2020
South African filmmaker, visual artist and film theorist Jyoti Mistry leaves us speechless with her film Cause of Death; a poetic yet painful and visceral experimental autopsy report on how women have been written out of history.
13th November 2020
"He goes all the way to the madness of the act of questioning"
Nuno Miranda and the Negrume Collective's vision Kmêdeus (EatGod) is a spell-binding tapestry blending folktale, collective memory and an inquiry into the notion of legacy.
6th November 2020
Interview with Joel Haikali, director of KaunaPawa (Invisibles), conducted by Ilia Ryzhenko, member of the Short Film Competition Viewing Committee. IR: Before we start, I'd like to say that your film, for me, was one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of this year.
22nd October 2020
Interview with Shehab Satti, director of Serotonin, conducted by Federica Bianco, Postgraduate in Film and Television Studies 2020/2021, University of Glasgow, and member of the Short Film Competition Viewing Committee. FB: First of all, I want to thank you again for allowing me to set up this written interview.
21st October 2020
Africa in Motion Film Festival (AiM) is delighted to announce the shortlist for the annual Short Film Competition. Due to the unique circumstances of this year’s competition, the screenings of the films will be completely free and online for the duration of the festival.
28th September 2020
To increase awareness of Hajooj Kuka’s wrongful imprisonment and demonstrate the value of artistic and political expression, we at Africa in Motion film festival along with the TANO consoritium of African film festivals in the UK are calling for the immediate release of Kuka and the four other artists who have been jailed…
10th October 2019
I am most excited about the documentary Tchindas, which follows the life of Tchinda and her trans sisters as they prepare for a Carnival. Shot in Mindelo, the island of Sao Vicente, this documentary is a beautiful depiction of a trans inclusive community.
7th October 2019
This year we have a host of unforgettable live events taking place across Edinburgh and Glasgow. From an Afrofuturist dance party to a restored classic with a brand new live score, get ready to experience film from Africa and diaspora like you never have before.
25th October 2018
South African film scholar Lizelle Bisschoff reflects on the new wave of South African cinema on offer at AiM 2018
Some have called it a new wave of South African cinema, and whatever you’d like to call it, it is clear that South African cinema has come of age and internationally…
23rd October 2018
What an amazing phenomenon reggae is; a unique genre of music created in a small island that can now be heard in every corner of the globe.
22nd October 2018
AiM has always lived by a pan-African spirit, and includes films from North of the Sahara on its diverse programme every year. Among the recent crop of films by Morocco's star directors, Volubilis really stands out.
4th October 2018
We are delighted that one of our partner festivals, the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), have appointed new directors for their 22nd edition, influential South African film duo Faith Isiakpere as CEO, and Firdoze Bulbulia as Festival Director.
23rd September 2018
Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to return for the 13th year to bring audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow a wide variety of creative stories from across the African continent.
29th October 2017
Finn Daniels-Yeomans is sharing some tentative thoughts regarding Aryan Kaganof’s difficult yet vital documentary about Fallism in contemporary South Africa, Metalepsis in Black.
24th October 2017
Tragically the festival is coming at the end of the month and we can picture you browsing the programme and thinking you will miss on the fun? Don't worry we thought of everything with 16 free events taking place in Glasgow next week!
AFRICA’S LOST CLASSICS
Our symposium on Saturday 28 is…
23rd October 2017
My pick of the fest is the stunning debut feature of writer and filmmaker Abdellah Taïa. Set in Casablanca, L’Armée du Salut (Salvation Army) tells the story of a young gay Moroccan boy who is teased by his mother and sisters and idolises his older brother.
17th October 2017
By Hélène Audureau
I had the great opportunity recently to interview the first female film director in Tunisia, Selma Baccar, a few days before the screening of her pioneering movie on female activism in North Africa called FATMA 75.
17th October 2017
I have worked on and off in different positions for AiM since 2007. It was first established in 2006, so I only really missed one year of films. I have loved the festival with all my heart from the start.
11th October 2017
I’m Justine Atkinson, Festival Producer. I’ve been working for Africa in Motion for the last five years now, and over that time I’ve seen many incredible films from across the African continent. My staff pick for this year is the new documentary-animation hybrid Liyana.
11th October 2017
Justin Sihera is the producer of Vanishing Sails and will be in attendance at the film's Edinburgh screening on Thursday 2 November
How did the idea for the film come about and how long did it take to make?
The director, Alexis Andrews is a commercial photographer based in Antigua for the…
10th October 2017
I could not be prouder to work for a festival showing films such as Tess! It is a very brave film which highly deserves to be seen I can think of no better context than the Africa in Motion film festival to catch this little gem of a film.
10th October 2017
When a mysterious gangster begins to sabotage the chances of The Eagles football team of winning an important cup final, only one man has what it takes to find out the identity of the criminal mastermind behind the scandel and take them down: Joe Bullet (played by Ken Gampu).
9th October 2017
My history classes at school taught me about William Wallace and both World Wars, yet colonialism and empire were never discussed. 1745 (Gordon Napier, 2017) is one of the films screened on the night.
5th October 2017
Bookings for Africa in Motion screenings at Filmhouse are now open!
Are you feeling a little lost in the programme? Our historic venue Filmhouse has something for everyone so let us guide you through what’s on offer!
A FESTIVE OPENING
Do not miss the Africa in Motion opening! It is your chance to…
3rd October 2017
Sitting in the Africa in Motion offices in Glasgow one day this summer, I felt very emotional.