By Ogova Ondego
Published April 2, 2016
Short films and 30-minute-plus documentaries made by Africans in 2014 or after are wanted for competition in Scotland.
Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival of Scotland invites filmmakers of African nationality who “must not have made a feature-length film previously” to submit movies of no longer than 30 minutes and documentary films of 30 minutes or more for Africa in Motion’s 2016 competitions. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2016.
The 11th annual AiM, that is scheduled for October 28-November 6, 2016 in Edinburgh and Glasgow, says a “substantial cash prize will be awarded to the winner of each competition strand.”
Saying the aim of its competition is to support “young and emerging filmmakers from Africa”, AiM says all genres—fiction, documentary, animation and experimental–are eligible for entry. All themes within the documentary, too, are welcome.
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“Shortlisted short films and documentaries will be announced in August 2016 and screened during the festival,” AiM says. “Each competition has its own high-profile jury of local and international film specialists and African filmmakers. In addition to the overall winner chosen by the jury, an Audience Choice Award will be given for each competition strand and announced at the closing of the festival.”
While both competitions are free to enter, AiM says the prize is expected to “be invested in future projects by the filmmaker.”
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The entry guidelines are at africa-in-motion.org.uk/short-and-documentary-film-competitions/. Entrants are required to submit their work via filmfreeway.com/festival/AfricainMotion/.
AiM was founded by Lizelle Bisschoff, an African film scholar of South African origin, in 2006. The aim of the festival is “to bring the brilliance of African cinema to Scottish audiences and overcome the under-representation and marginalisation of African films in British film-going culture.”