Free Events at Africa in Motion 2020
21st October 2020
This year AiM will be held entirely online and will be available to audiences across the UK. The festival runs 30 October - 29 November, with new films and events taking place each day. You can either buy a Ticket for individual film screenings or you can purchase a Festival Pass, which will you give access to the entire programme. Find out more about ticketing here.
In addition this main programme, we have a host of FREE events taking place throughout the festival.
Opening Night: Ultimate House Party (Fri 31 Oct, 9pm)
To celebrate the opening of our 15th edition, join us live on our Facebook page as we tune in to music performances hosted in living rooms in Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya and more. This is the ultimate online house party!
Short Film Competition (Sat 31 Oct - Sun 29 Nov)
Our annual Short Film Competition returns for the thirteenth year, showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers from across the continent and the diaspora. All the films in this year's shortlist are available to watch for free on the Africa in Motion website. Most of them will be available for the whole festival.
We will host three free online panel discussions with the short film directors throughout the festival, which will be streamed live on our Facebook page.
Movement Workshop (Wed 4 Nov, 6pm)To accompany the screening of Kamy Lara's visceral documentary Beyond My Steps, join us for free online movement workshop with choreographer and cultural producer Sara dos Santos. This is a relaxed, explorative and introductory workshop offering a chance for participants to investigate a full range of body movements, tap into musical rhythms and contemporary sequences.
Toni Kamau: Producer Masterclass (Fri 6 Nov, 2pm)
Join Africa in Motion and the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) for a masterclass from Kenyan documentary producer Toni Kamau. Toni is the youngest female African documentary producer to be invited as a member of the Academy for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences - Documentary Branch, class of 2020.
Panel Discussion: To Be Kenyan, Christian and Queer (Sat 8 Nov, 3:30pm)
Join filmmakers and LGBTQ activists working on the ground, in this discussion about fiilms I am Samuel and Kenyan, Christian, Queer and the broader context of life in Kenya’s LGBTQ community, as well as the eternal contradictions of Christianity, as the historical driving force behind much of the country’s homophobia, but also as a progressive site for queer inclusion, joy and acceptance. This discussion is held in partnership with Film Africa and Out Film Festival.
The F-Show: Generations (Thu 12 Nov, 6pm)
Online chat show hosted by South African activist Firdoze Bulbulia, streamed live on our Facebook page. Inspired by our strand Mamas, this episode will bring together guests from all across the world to discuss cross-generation influences, inspirations and passing on the baton.
Memory is a Weapon + Discussion (Fri 13 Nov, 7:30pm)
Drawing inspiration from the Adinkra symbol of the Sankofa bird, which means ‘reach back and get it’, this short film draws together Black female artists and activists from Scotland and across the world to reflect and reimagine new futures during and post-COVID-19. This unique, collaborative video essay will be accompanied by a live discussion with director Firdoze Bulbulia.
AfriKids: Mara Menzies Storytelling (Sat 14 Nov, 11am)
The amazing Scottish-Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies will transport us to real and imaginary worlds through inspiring tales. The storytelling session is to accompany our AfriKids package of short animation films from countries across the African continent.
Panel Discussion: Being Young, Creative and Black in Scotland (Fri 20 Nov)
Young, black film creatives based in Scotland will discuss their journeys in the creative industries, from acting and performance, to directing, scriptwriting and curation. The event is presented in partnership with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), GMAC Film, Fans Youth Film Festival and Fair Access at RCS.
Katy Lena Ndiaye: Documentary Masterclass (27 Nov, 2pm)
Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) and Africa in Motion present a documentary filmmaking masterclass with Senegalese-French director Katy Léna Ndiaye. Niaye’s films, En attendant les hommes (2007) and On a le temps pour nous (2019) have won prizes in numerous festivals and have been distributed on all five continents.
Closing Night: DJ Set (MAVEEN) (Sat 28 Nov, 8:30pm)
After our final film screening, join us for a DJ set from MAVEEN to celebrate the closing of another great edition of the festival! Ugandan born, Glasgow-based DJ and promoter MAVEEN has proven himself to be an impressive selector with a keen ear for diverse sounds. This event is presented in partnership with Clyde Built Radio and will be streamed on Facebook.