August 11, 2008

Films Come Out of Africa and into Edinburgh

WORK by emerging filmmakers from Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Mozambique and South Africa have been shortlisted for a competition.

The Africa in Motion film festival, being held in the Capital in October, will showcase some of the continent's best new films.

Films include a magic realist tale from Tunisia, a Moroccan story of childhood, a gangster drama set in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, and a love story from Mozambique.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony after the screenings, with the victor receiving GBP 1000. There will also be an Audience Choice Award, voted for by filmgoers.

Film critic, writer and producer Mark Cousins, a member of this year's jury, said: "Short films are the spurts of life, the new shoots of the film world.

"It is great that Africa in Motion is focusing on them."

The Africa in Motion film festival runs from October 23 until November 2 at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.

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