Afrika Eye is Bristol’s annual African film festival. Now in its 12th year, it was founded by Ingrid Sinclair and Simon Bright, two Zimbabwean filmmakers, in an effort to bring films about Africa and the diaspora to new audiences in Bristol. At Afrika Eye we strongly believe in the power of film to transform, to educate and to celebrate the rich and varied history and contemporary cultures within the vast African continent.
Specifically we aim to:
- Offer access to a wide range of films not generally available through mainstream programming often challenging stereotypes and myths.
- Offer a broader context and deeper understanding of film arts and culture , through participation and learning events.
- Offer insight into specific countries of Africa through their politics, society, traditions and beliefs.
- Celebrate the significant creative role that Africa plays in todays social, cultural and political landscape.
We pride ourselves on:
- Our annual film festival with associated educational and community events.
- Our partnerships with national/ international film festivals, independent film hubs, graduate programmes and film schools.
- Using our festival as a platform for presentations, debate and discussion.
- Recognising the wider cultural context that informs ‘the film’.
- Creating a strong volunteer programme for each festival and offering internships in curatorial practice.
- Devising opportunities for engaging communities, educational establishments and youth organisations.
- Capacity building within communities with film and related arts based activities.
- Offering audiences the opportunity to participate in discussions, to explore the lived experience as well as the creative practice.