By Iminza Keboge
Published September 12, 2016
Films from South Africa, Mauritius, Morocco and Tunisia shall compete for the best short film award at the annual Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival in Scotland in November 2016.
Seeking the best documentary award at AiM that is also known as Scotland African Film Festival that is scheduled for October 28-November 6, 2016 are films from South Africa, Morocco and Germany/Namibia.
While the short films will be screened on October 31 at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh and at the University of Glasgow on November 1, the documentaries will be screened at the Edinburgh College of Art on November 1 and Thursday 3 November in Edinburgh and at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow on November 4-6, 2016.
Selected for the Short Film Competition are:
THE SUIT by Jarryd Coetsee, South Africa, 2016; LA MAISON MAUVE/The Purple House by Selim Gribaa, Tunisia 2014; THE CALL OF TRUNG by Regragui Hicham, Morocco, 2015; LOST IN TRANSMISSION by Jasyn Howes, South Africa, 2015; ROD ZEGWI DAN PIKAN by Azim Moollan, Mauritius, 2015; I WILL DIE AND GO TO MY FATHER by Diek Grobler, South Africa, 2014; N GEWONE BLOU MAANDAGOGGEND/An Ordinary Blue Monday by Naomi van Niekerk, South Africa, 2014; and EARLY AUTUMN by Jac Hamman, South Africa, 2014.
The films selected for the Documentary Film Competition are: THE BOERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Richard Finn Gregory, South Africa, 2015; RED OCHRE: THE LAST GUARDS OF THE HOLY FIRE by Tim Drabandt & Fanon Kabwe, Germany/ Nambia, 2016; AJI-BI by Raja Saddiki, Morocco, 2015; NOBODY’S DIED LAUGHING by Willem Oelofsen, South Africa, 2016; and ACTION KOMMANDANT by Nadine Angel Cloete, South Africa, 2016.
Africa in Motion’s While the annual Short Film Competition has been running for nine years, the Documentary Film Competition was launched 2015 by AiM.
Filmmakers of African nationality are usually invited to submit films of no longer than 30 minutes and documentaries of 30 minutes or more, completed after 2014.
AiM says “Both competitions aim at supporting young and emerging filmmakers from Africa.
For each competition, the winner is selected by a jury of high profile international film practitioners and announced immediately after the screenings.”
The winner receives a prize money of £500 sponsored by African Movie Channel and the Scottish Documentary Institute.
An Audience’s Choice Award, announced at the end of the festival, is also given for each competition.
Held in Glasgow and Edinburgh, AiM was founded in 2006 by Lizelle Bisschoff, an African film scholar with the “aims at bringing the brilliance of African cinema to Scottish audiences, and at overcoming the under-representation and marginalisation of African films in British film-going culture.”