Africa in Motion (AiM) is an annual African film festival taking place in Scotland, consisting of film screenings and complementary events. Now in its thirteenth year, AiM brings the best of African cinema to Scotland—making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industry professionals from the continent. AiM has established itself as a major annual event within the Scottish cultural calendar, whilst also maintaining an international profile as one of the leading African film platforms. The festival caters to a varied and diverse audience from all over Scotland, the UK and further afield. A core aspect of AiM’s organisational work is its partnership development with various cultural and artistic networks and venues, with particular efforts made towards engaging the African diaspora community living in Scotland. Africa in Motion has grown from strength to strength over the past 12 years. Our own statistics show that we have screened around 580 African films to over 40,000 people in Scotland since the inauguration of the festival in 2006.

Short Film Competition Guidelines

Filmmakers of African nationality, from the African diaspora or who identify themselves as African are invited to submit short films of no longer than 30 minutes for Africa in Motion's prestigious annual short film competition. This will be the eleventh year that the competition has been organised by Africa in Motion. A substantial cash prize will be awarded to the winner of this competition strand. The 13th edition of the festival will take place from the 26th October - 4th November 2018 in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The competition specifically targets young and emerging African filmmakers, with the aim of nurturing and supporting new talent in African cinema. Filmmakers who enter must not have previously made a feature-length film. This call for short films refers to those works completed during 2016 or later. All genres are welcome (including fiction, documentary, animation and experimental work). As previously stated, the aim of the Africa in Motion Short Film Competition is to nurture and support young and emerging filmmakers from all over the continent, in the knowledge that making films can be a real challenge and with hope that the prize money will be invested into future film projects by the winning filmmaker(s).

A shortlist compiled from all eligible films will be announced in August 2018. A high-profile jury of local and international film specialists and established African filmmakers will choose the competition winner, to be announced during the festival.
All shortlisted films will be screened at the festival during a Short Film Competition screening. In addition to the overall winner selected by the jury, there will be an Audience Choice Award announced at the close of the festival, when both the jury's choice and audience choice will be screened again prior to the closing film.

Please read the guidelines and regulations carefully before submitting your film.

o We accept entries from all filmmakers of African nationality, from the African diaspora or who identify themselves as African.

o We are particularly interested in giving exposure to young and emerging African filmmakers living and working on the continent or abroad. To this end, filmmakers who enter a film for consideration must not have previously completed a feature-length film. By 'feature-length' we mean any film longer than 60 minutes.

o Films entered can be of any theme or genre; fiction, documentary, animation or experimental, and shot in any format.

o Only recent films directed by filmmakers of African nationality will be accepted - the film must have been completed in 2015 or after. We will accept films that have previously been screened on television, at other festivals or in cinemas.

o Films should be no longer than 30 minutes. Applicants may submit more than one film.

o We will only accept films in English or with English subtitles (the dialogue could be in any language). Applicants are responsible for all translation and subtitling. Any film received which is either not in English or does not have English subtitles will be ineligible for the competition.

o Viewing copies should be submitted through FilmFreeway: If you are unable to submit via this FilmFreeway then please submit by sending a password protected online link with the completed submission form to, OR post 3 DVD copies of the film plus the completed submissions form to our address listed below. Please ensure DVD copies are clearly labeled with the title of the film and name of the director. 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. Africa in Motion has the right to digitise or duplicate films for internal usage and press purposes.

o All deliveries from outside the European Union should be marked with the phrase "no commercial value - for cultural purposes only" in order to avoid any unnecessary customs fees. Applicants are responsible for the cost of posting the entry forms and viewing copies to us. Please note that packages arriving with outstanding courier or custom fees will be refused by the festival office.

o The completed entry forms and viewing copies should be postmarked no later than Friday 6th July 2018.

o There is no entry fee.

o Africa in Motion will not pay any screening fee for selected short films to be screened in the festival.

o We welcome stills, press releases and other promotional materials to accompany entries, which we may use for promotional purposes. These materials can be sent on CD together with the DVDs and entry forms. Digital stills and press packs can also be emailed to 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.

o By submitting your film to the Africa in Motion Short Film Competition, the copyright holder of your film authorises the festival to make clips of a maximum of three minutes available on online broadcast channels affiliated to the festival (i.e. Africa in Motion's media page The purpose of this is solely to promote the festival and your film.

o We will contact all applicants in August 2018. If your film is shortlisted we will contact you to arrange for a screening copy to be sent to the Filmhouse cinema in Edinburgh. Screening copies must be sent on one of the following professional exhibition formats: DCP or high-resolution digital file. Films received in any formats other than those listed above will not be screened, and it will remain the responsibility of the filmmaker/distributor to send an additional copy in an acceptable format.

o Applicants are responsible for the cost of sending the screening copies to the festival by courier. The festival will cover the cost of returning/forwarding screening copies after the festival has closed. The distributor of the film agrees to work with the festival organisers and the staff at the Filmhouse cinema in order to ensure the timely transport of the film before the festival. Only copies in good enough condition to be projected reliably will be accepted.

o The director and the beneficiaries of the submitted film undertake not to withdraw the film from the competition as of the announcement of the festival programme in September 2018.

o Africa in Motion wishes to promote, support and accompany a selection of the short films on a touring programme in the UK following the main festival ( The festival has the right to screen these films free of charge on the Tour, and undertakes to inform the director and producer of the film in advance.
o Films can either be submitted through FilmFreeway or three copies of the completed entry form, three viewings copies on DVD, or an online Vimeo or YouTube link to the film, along with promotional materials should be postmarked no later than Friday 6th July 2018 to:

Africa in Motion Film Festival
Room 1, Suite 23
Templeton House
62 Templeton Street,
G40 1DA
United Kingdom

If you have any queries regarding the submission guidelines and regulations, please email the festival at