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Posted 13th January 2010

CALL FOR ENTRIES – African Documentaries


Our call for African Documentaries has now closed. If you’ve missed this year’s deadline, remember to enter your film early next year!


The theme of Africa in Motion 2010 is “Celebrations” and we are inviting African filmmakers to submit documentaries relating to this theme to be considered for inclusion in the festival taking place in October.

In 2010, 17 African countries are celebrating 50 years of independence, and we are interested in receiving documentaries which explore the legacy of colonisation, liberation struggles, independence and nationalism of any of these 17 countries, which comprise: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Somalia and Togo.

In addition to the above, we are also interested in documentaries exploring other themes of celebration – including music and dance documentaries celebrating African creativity, and documentaries dealing with African traditions, rituals, initiation and rites of passage ceremonies, birth, marriage, mask making and wearing, clothes and costume designing and wearing, culinary traditions, tattooing, jewellery and decorations such as sculpture, wall painting and architecture. We are keen to explore these themes from historical, traditional as well as contemporary perspectives and we are looking for films which address these themes with creativity and innovation, films which celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Africa while at the same time avoiding the exoticisation that Africa so often falls victim to.

Our viewing committee consisting of African film specialists will select the films to be included in the festival based on their quality and relevance, and will announce the selections by the end of August 2010. Please note that this is not a competition strand; no winner will be selected and no prize money is involved. What we are offering is the chance to have your film screened at one of the most prestigious African film festivals world-wide and to expose your work to a wide audience in the UK.

The deadline for entries is 30 April 2010. Please see below for full submission guidelines and to download the entry form. Please read carefully through the submission guidelines and email the festival co-directors Lizelle Bisschoff and Stefanie van de Peer with further enquires at: email hidden; JavaScript is required. We are interpreting the theme of “Celebrations” very widely, but please get in touch with us if you have any queries.


  • We accept entries from all filmmakers of African nationality working in Africa or abroad.
  • Films should be primarily in documentary format, although we will also consider docu-fiction films and experimental documentary films. Films could be of any length. We accept recent as well as older films.
  • Films could have been screened on television, at festivals and in cinemas previously, in the UK or internationally, though we will give special consideration to UK premieres.
  • We will only accept films in English or with English subtitles. Participants are responsible for all translation and subtitling, but please get in touch with us if you need advice/support on this.
  • Viewing copies should be on DVD (any region). All films submitted should be accompanied by a completed entry form and all viewing copies should be clearly labeled with the title of the film and name of the director. Please submit three DVD viewing copies as well as three copies of the completed entry form.
  • Unfortunately viewing copies and promotional materials submitted cannot be returned to the sender and will be stored in our festival archive. These are kept exclusively for research and non-commercial purposes.
  • All deliveries from outside the European Union should be marked with the phrase “no commercial value – for cultural purposes only”. Applicants are responsible for the cost of posting the entry form and viewing copy to us.
  • The completed entry forms and viewing copies should reach us not later than 30 April 2010. There is no entry fee.
  • We welcome stills, press releases and other promotional materials to accompany entries, which we might use for promotional purposes. Digital stills can be emailed to email hidden; JavaScript is required with the title of your film in the subject box. Digital stills submitted should be in JPEG format and must be at least 300 dpi and no less than 500KB.
  • By submitting your film to the Africa in Motion festival, the copyright holder of your film authorises the festival to make clips of a maximum of three minutes available on online broadcast channels (such as the Africa in Motion tv channel and other online channels affiliated to the festival). The purpose of this is solely to promote the festival and your film.
  • We will contact all applicants in August 2010. If your film is selected for inclusion in the festival programme we will get in touch with you to arrange for a screening copy to be sent to us (screening copies could be on DVD, but should preferably be on a professional exhibition format such as Betacam SP, Digibeta or HD CAM). Participants are responsible for the cost of sending the screening copies to the festival. The festival will cover the cost of returning/forwarding screening copies.

Three copies of the completed entry form and three viewings copies on DVD should be posted by 30 April 2010 to:

Africa in Motion Film Festival
6 East Bay
North Queensferry
Fife KY11 1JX

To enter, please download, print and complete the 3-page entry form below

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