For immediate use: 22 February 2012
7th annual Africa in Motion Film Festival
25 Oct. to 2 Nov. 2012, Edinburgh
AiM 2012 Call for Entries:
Taking a closer look at contemporary Africa
Africa in Motion (AiM), one of the UK’s largest African film festivals, in its seventh year of existence, is currently accepting film submissions – features, documentaries and shorts – for its 2012 festival edition, which will take place from 25 Oct. to 2 Nov. 2012, at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, under the theme Modern Africa. AiM is focusing its programme for 2012 on films and events that represent Africa as part and parcel of the modern, globalised world; and will be seeking to discover and explore – through film and other popular culture manifestations – how modernity manifests in African cultures.
We regard “modern” not as belonging solely to the “West”, and through the festival we want to emphasise Africa’s important role in the modern world – we want to unearth the urban, the new, the provocative, the innovative and experimental. As such, the festival will primarily deal with manifestations of African cultures in the contemporary era, moving away from the stereotypical view of the continent locked in ancient traditions and superstition.
We will celebrate African creativity and the rich diversity of African cultures in their contemporary manifestations through showcasing films covering themes such as the role of African Diaspora; Africa’s current political and economical position(s); how the digital revolution is affecting the continent; modern arts expressions in African cultures – i.e. dance, modern street fashion, conceptual art, etc. – and how modern life has affected African traditions.
We are continuing our much anticipated annual Short Film Competition and we are also launching a Call for Entries for films linked with the theme of Modern Africa. An Academic Symposium on African Popular Culture will further enhance our festival theme.
All details for film submissions and symposium are available at www.africa-in-motion.org.uk.
As usual, our film screenings will be accompanied by a wide range of complementary events such as directors’ Q&As and masterclasses, workshops, discussions, music performances and an arts exhibition.
We hope to welcome you to AiM 2012 to explore with us what the modern means for Africa!