Africa in Motion Film Festival 2015: Glasgow Programme
Until 1st November, 2015
Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival is celebrating the festival’s 10th birthday with a diverse array of beautiful, inspiring and challenging stories from across the African continent.
23rd October, 2015 – 1 November, 2015
Highlights from the Glasgow Programme:
Photography exhibition: ‘Ways We Watch Films in Africa’
Glasgow | Fri 23 Oct – Sun 1 Nov, 2015
The Old Hairdressers
Across Africa local film industries are flourishing, and as commercial and independent cinema spaces slowly begin to cater for African cinema, audiences have found a myriad of innovative ways to watch African films. This exhibition is comprised of a selection of photographs that were submitted to AiM as part of a call for photographs depicting ‘Ways We Watch Films in Africa’. We asked photographers, professional or amateur, to capture film-viewing habits across the African continent. In response we received stunning images of street pop-up cinemas, crowded film parlours, mobile phone cinema, film festival screenings and more. The best photographs were selected for this exhibition and will be displayed in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The winning image has received a cash prize and was selected to be the cover image for the AiM 2015 festival brochure. This is the first exhibition of its kind, and one that should not be missed!
AiM TV Lounge
Mon 26 Oct – Thurs 29 Oct from 4pm-8pm
The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow
Free and non-ticketed
For the first time we are bringing a selection of popular African television shows to the festival, in our newly inaugurated AiM TV Lounge. So put your feet up, relax, chat, flick through our daily TV guide, as we take you on a journey through Africa, through television. From hilarious mockumentaries, political satire, travelogues and cooking programmes, entertaining and addictive, we are showing it all. Come and join us for a cup of African coffee or tea, some delicious food delicacies from across the continent, as we take you to South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and more all from the comfort of a sofa.
Pirates of Salé
While the film’s title might make one think of recent blockbuster films and rum swigging buccaneers, Pirates of Salé is a documentary about Morocco’s first circus, Cirque Shems’y (located in the city of Salé) at a fort once used by pirates. The narrative of the film follows the stories of some new and some experienced young artists of the circus as they get prepared for the biannual presentation. An upbeat and fervent score reflects this uplifting and energetic film.
Pirates of Salé is one of the six shortlisted films of our Documentary Film Competition 2015. The winner will be announced on Friday 30 October after all documentaries have been screened in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Africa in Motion Documentary Competition
Glasgow | Sat 24 Oct | 2pm-6.30pm
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA)
Glasgow | Sun 25 Oct | 12pm-4.30pm
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA)
Following the success of our annual Short Film Competition, Africa in Motion has launched a brand new Documentary Competition at this year’s festival. African filmmakers were invited to submit documentaries of 30 minutes or more, and the final shortlist was selected from a wide range of fascinating entries from across the continent, covering varied themes.
The Documentary Competition aims at encouraging and supporting young and talented African filmmakers. The winner is selected by our jury of acclaimed film practitioners and academics and will be announced on Friday 30 October. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film with the Audience Award winner announced on our website at the end of the festival.
TICKET DEAL: Buy tickets to any two of the documentary competition screenings at CCA and get a third one free. The screenings at Edinburgh College of Art are free and non-ticketed.
Our thanks go to The Scottish Documentary Institute for sponsoring this award.
The prize for the Africa in Motion Documentary competition is decided upon by jury. We are very grateful for the careful consideration of the esteemed jurors that make up the panels for this year’s awards.
Noe Mendelle is the producer of films such as State of the World and I am Breathing, and the founder of the Scottish Documentary institute.
Darryl is one of the most active personalities in the South African indie film scenes do the co-founder of the Bioscope independent cinema.
Judy Kibinge is the driving force behind film production house Seven and director of films including A Dangerous Affair and Something Necessary.
Omelga Mthiyane is South African documentary filmmaker of films such and a member of the Filmmakers against Racism initiative. Her films include Body Beautiful (2003); Ikhaya [Home] (2004); Baraka (2008 – Marianne Gysae, Riaan Hendricks, Omelga Mthiyane); Inanda, My Heritage (2008); Thank You Mama [Siyabonga Mama] (2010); Li-Xia’s Salon (2011)
Troopship Tragedy – UK Premiere
Zwai Mgijima, a young South African man, travels to England to find the shipwreck where 600 of his countrymen drowned during the First World War. The sinking of the Mendi is a tragedy for the progeny of these men in South Africa, as the loss of their bones at sea prevents ancient burial customs from being carried out. Through the quest of Zwai Mgijima for answers and justice, the documentary takes the viewer through the circumstances and history of the tragedy, collecting testimonies of South African and English descendants of the drowned men.
Troopship Tragedy is one of the six shortlisted films of our Documentary Film Competition 2015. The winner will be announced on Friday 30 October after all documentaries have been screened in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The Aduna Award for Short Film at Africa in Motion – UK Premieres
Glasgow | Wed 28 Oct | 6.30pm | Free entry
Glasgow University – Andrew Stewart Cinema
Africa in Motion’s annual Short Film Competition has been successfully running for eight consecutive years. This year, the shortlist was selected from over 120 entries, which is a record in AiM’s history. African filmmakers were invited to submit short films of up to 30 minutes, and the final shortlist comprises a diverse and captivating collection of work from across the continent.
The Short Film Competition is part of AiM’s commitment to nurturing young African filmmaking talent. The winner is selected by our jury of acclaimed film practitioners and academics and will be announced immediately after the screenings. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film with the Audience Award winner announced on our website at the end of the festival.
Our thanks go to Aduna for sponsoring this award.
The prize for the Aduna Award for Short Film is decided upon by jury. We are very grateful for the careful consideration of the esteemed jurors that make up the panels for this year’s award.
This year’s Short Film jury is:
Zina Saro-Wiwa is a video artist and film-maker. She makes video installations, documentaries, music videos and experimental films. Saro-Wiwa is the founding film-maker of the alt-Nollywood movement.
Matt Lloyd is the director of the Glasgow Short Film Festival, which is the only dedicated international short film festival in Scotland.
Vincent Moloi is a South African director who has directed ten different TV drama series and short films and is one of South Africa’s trailblazing new breed of directors.
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