Apply: Call for New Trustees
15th September 2022
Africa in Motion is seeking new Trustees to join our board at an exciting time in our development. We are keen to appoint talented individuals who are as passionate as we are about African/Black diaspora cinema and artistic expression, the cultural sector in the UK, and addressing urgent questions about inequality with the aim of creating a just world.
About Africa in Motion
Africa in Motion (AiM) is an annual African film festival taking place in Scotland, that delivers film screenings and complementary events.The festival caters to a varied and diverse audience from all over Scotland, the UK and further afield.
A world where African and Black diaspora artists are supported wholly with all the resources they need to experiment and forge their visionary work. We believe that their stories matter and have the power to transform the world.
To empower African and Black artists from the diaspora to take control of their own narrative, celebrate their heritage, and showcase their stories to global audiences. We practice this by curating the very best of African cinema, exploring the depth, complexity and vibrancy of the continent, the people who live there, and the stories it holds, past, present and future.
About the Role
As a Trustee, you will be responsible for supporting the overall strategic direction of Africa in Motion. We want our Board to reflect the diverse nature of the Black diaspora, be intergenerational, and to reflect the independent spirit of the filmmaking we champion. Following the exciting appointment of Liz Chege as our new Festival Director and the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, we are keen to receive applications from potential Trustees across the spectrum of age, disability, gender, socio-economic background, and cultural heritage.
Trustees are jointly responsible for the overall strategic direction of Africa in Motion, including business planning, fundraising, making sure that the organisation acts in the best interests of its beneficiaries and delivers high quality services in accordance with the festival's mission. Anti-racism is firmly among our core values. We particularly welcome applications from people who have an understanding of Black British cultural experience, people of colour, other ethnic minorities and under-represented groups.
4 Board meetings per year plus attendance at potential strategic planning meetings and social events equivalent to a commitment of no more than 1 day per quarter. Trustees are welcome to bring additional value and expertise to the festival outside the context of the formal meetings. This will be an opportunity to gain experience and insight, grow personally and professionally, and to be part of a dynamic and committed leadership team. You’ll also have the opportunity to see some great films!
This is a voluntary-unpaid role; reimbursement of reasonable expenses will be offered where appropriate.
We currently have 5 trustees. You don’t need to have an arts background or a university degree to be a Trustee, or to have reached any particular stage in your career. We want to hear from people who bring something new, will challenge us, and who want to help us grow. We invite applications from people who are passionate about Africa in Motion’s vision, the arts/cultural sector, and those with lived* experience. We have identified these key expertise gaps:
- HR / Policymaking
- Accounting/Financial governance
- Professional filmmaking/acting/media industry experience
- Fundraising and Sponsorship experience
- Community building
- Strategic planning and business management
If you don’t meet any of the above, or have expertise in a different area, we still encourage you to submit your interest, but we may prioritise other applicants to ensure a well-rounded, representative board.
How to Apply
- Download and read our welcome pack here.
- You are welcome to join us for an online, free Q&A with several Trustees on Monday, September 26th, 17:30 to cover any queries you may have. Sign up for the zoom link here. You do not have to attend this session to apply, but we hope that it will be useful to you. Feel free to ask us anything and come and find out a bit more about us and what we do!
- Submit your expression of interest here (either a written submission or video). Please note that the role is unpaid
DEADLINE : 11:59 PM, Sunday October 23rd 2022.
We plan to interview during the week of 25 - 30 November; when you contact us, please let us know if you are not free on these dates. We want everyone who believes they can contribute to AiM’s Board of Trustees to feel welcome to apply. It is our responsibility to make the application process accessible, and to give you the information you need to decide whether you might be suitable. If you require any further information in a different format, or have questions before you apply, please get in touch with email@example.com.
*By this we mean: “Personal knowledge about the world gained through direct, first-hand involvement in everyday events rather than through representations constructed by other people.” Some may consider it more in terms of personal identity or culture. You do not have to disclose which, if any, lived experiences you identify with as part of the application process.
Some examples include: being chronically ill, d/Deaf, Black British, Black African, desi, disabled, LGBTQ+, non-binary, refugee or Asylum Seeker, visually impaired, working class, mixed heritage and so on.