The African Film Database is a new platform, developed by the Africa in Motion Film Festival, providing anyone with an interest in African cinema with the ability to search through a catalogue of over 1,500 films. Since the inception of the festival in 2006 Africa in Motion has collated submissions and information on films, now presented in this database which we believe is one of the most extensive collections of African films. The database provides user-friendly search functions – searches can be undertaken by title, country, language, director, year, genre or theme, for example, Nollywood, Bongo films, animation, comedy, youth films, etc. Where available, film entries include contact information, thus enabling researchers, cinema programmers, festival curators and others to contact filmmakers or distributors to request access to a specific title. Please note that Africa in Motion does not hold the rights to these films, as such we cannot provide screeners of films or give permission for films to be screened in public or private. We believe that this public archive of African cinema is providing an invaluable resource as a centralised place to search for and locate African films.
Africa in Motion is an audience-based festival founded in 2006, taking place annually in Scotland. The main aims of the festival have been, since its inception, to introduce Scottish audiences to the brilliance of African cinema and to overcome the under-representation and marginalisation of African film in British film-going culture. We believe that the best way to learn about Africa is to listen to African voices and to view representations created by African themselves, as these often counter the stereotypical representations we see from Africa in mainstream media in the West. But our main reason for screening the films is because we believe they are great films which should be seen the world over. For more information on the festival please see: www.africa-in-motion.org.uk