Africa in the Picture (AITP) is an African and African diaspora festival and platform for audio-visual art, film, performing arts and literature from the African continent and its diaspora worldwide. AITP was founded as a film festival in 1987 in The Netherlands, with the aim to showcase cinema from Africa and its diaspora. Since its very first days, AITP became a reference for other festivals on African cinema, as well as for African and diaspora festivals to offer a perspective to their filmmakers for showing their films on an internationally recognized stage.

On Febraury 12, 2019 former director Heidi Lobato officially handed over the baton to artist, director and metteur en scene Oumar Mbengue Atakosso. With the arrival of our new director, the festival can count on a completely new course. AITP will continue focussing on films from makers of the African continent and the African diaspora, but will additionally offer a program of various artistic disciplines of which film and audiovisual productions, multi-media projects and performing arts are central.

With the new course, Oumar Mbengue Atakosso aims to facilitate and anchor the integration of African film, video and multi-media productions, visual art installations and performing art presentations, to create room for discourse on post-colonialism to inform us, to offer socio-antropological perspectives to interest us, and give insights in political culture, economical culture and cultural culture to respond to urgent issues of the avant-garde.

With culture, community, education, and entertainment at its foundation, AITP is an all- encompassing festival that serves as an axis in Amsterdam for film and performing art in the contemporary space of Europe and beyond.

- Audience Award for best short or feature length fiction or documentary film
- Jury Award for best short or feature length fiction or documentary film
- Talent Award for best upcoming directors

Our jury members will be announced when our selection will be decided upon, on July 17th, 2020.

Our 2020 theme is 'Reconciliation - the Ecosystem'.

The objective of the theme ‘Reconciliation - the Ecosystem’, is provoking reflection on the conflicts with the climate, democracy, economy, capitalism, racism, migration and ourselves.

All entries must reflect such preoccupations, and we ought to consider that inclusivity should not cover fake consciousness. Our programmers will analyse all submissions in relation to this theme.

We accept films from directors from the African continent and the African diaspora worldwide.