When AiM commenced in 2006, opportunities to see African films in the UK were rare - this was the main motivation for the founding of the festival. Statistics we obtained from the now defunct UK Film Council showed that between 1995 and 2005 there were only 9 African films on general release in the UK - that’s less than one a year! Now, ten years later, the situation has improved substantially, there are five African film festivals operating in different parts of the UK and more African films on general release in cinemas. AiM has also grown from strength to strength. Our own statistics show that we have screened around 350 African films to over 30,000 people in Scotland over the past ten years! We want to celebrate our 10th anniversary first and foremost with our audiences, as it is your loyal support, positive and constructive feedback, and enthusiastic and passionate reception of the festival that has been central to its growth and maturation.
The theme of Africa in Motion 2015 is Connections, through which we will explore the interrelatedness of the myriad aspects of African experiences. We have created a programme of films and events that engages with the many diverse interpretations of Connections - from political connections, artistic collaborations, generational ties, lost and restored cultural links and pan-Africanism.
Come and share in the magic of African cinema with a fascinating and truly multifaceted programme of films, discussions, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, pop-up screenings through our Nomad Cinema series, workshops, exhibitions, live performances and more.
We look forward to welcoming you to AiM 2015!
You can browse our brochure here.