Afrika Eye Film Festival was founded in 2005 by Simon Bright and Ingrid Sinclair, both of whom began their careers in Zimbabwe.
Lord Paul Boateng
Our patron Lord Paul Yaw Boateng became the UK’s first black cabinet minister in 2002, as Chief Secretary of the Treasury. Lord Boateng had served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa (2005 – 2009). A civil rights lawyer and Methodist lay preacher, Paul was raised to the peerage as Baron Boateng, of Akyem in the Republic of Ghana and of Wembley in the London Borough of Brent in 2010.
Ingrid Sinclair and Simon Bright
Producer Simon Bright and director Ingrid Sinclair lived and worked in Harare, Zimbabwe to 2003, where they founded Zimmedia Film and Video production company and were founder members of the Southern African Film Festival. Between them they have made a range of films that tell stories of southern African popular culture, politics, social issues and history , such as Flame, Tides of Gold, From the Shade into the Sun, and Mbira Music: Spirit of the People.
They have often screened their work at FESPACO (Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou) in Burkina Faso. In 2011 Afrika Eye exhibited the European premiere of Simon’s new major documentary, Robert Mugabe… what happened?, which was nominated for best documentary at the South African Film and Television awards.
Ingrid has toured film and arts festivals in Europe. In 2012 she visited to Thessaloniki and Creteil, with festival staff visiting Cannes, Berlin, and Rotterdam.
Annie is director of the WOMAD Foundation, a registered educational charity. Her responsibilities include the strategic and artistic development of the Foundation, artist residencies and special projects. Previously a director of WOMAD Ltd she has worked in partnership with government bodies and institutions worldwide. Annie has been a key player in the field of music, arts and education for over twenty years, with research programmes and projects in Nigeria, India, Australia, S.Africa, Sri Lanka and S. Korea. Her Churchill Fellowship in Nigeria resulted in a touring exhibition of West African textiles with associated lectures and teaching resources for museums and galleries. She was lecturer in ‘Art in Social Context’ at the University of the West of England and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1986 she co-founded Vizability, a groundbreaking arts organisation in S.W. England bringing together artists working in the field of public arts and community empowerment.
George briefly worked as an advertising copywriter in Amsterdam, before moving to Bristol where he taught English as a Foreign Language for 5 years. He increasingly used digital media in his lessons and decided to explore the use of film in education more extensively. This led to a placement at Slum TV, a Grassroots film project in Nairobi’s Eastlands, where he devised and implemented a curriculum to teach young filmmakers to become film trainers. George increasingly recognises the strength of film as a global communicator and its opportunity to promote global citizenship in the classroom. At the start of 2013, he trialled a filmmaking club partnership between Lenana school in Nairobi and Clevedon school, just outside Bristol. One World Film Crews has now been set up as a CIC and is in a continuing state of development. Amongst his various personal short film projects, he has also filmed the Kenyan National cycling team during the Tour of Rwanda in 2012 and made a short documentary about the team’s story. A selection of his films can be seen here.
Rebecca is a published Author, Publisher, Facilitator and Broadcaster. Born in the mid 70’s in Malawi, South East Africa to Ghanaian and British parents. Rebecca continues to regard Bristol as her home and base and from the young age of six has been involved in the performance arts scene here in Bristol. In her Voluntary commitments Rebecca has recently, January 2013, retired from the position of Chair of St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival ltd, having been a member of the board for four years. During her term of office she lead the charity to successfully secure ACE and BCC funding to 2015, increase its revenue streams and actively strengthen the organisation from a structural perspective. She continues to support the organisation as a volunteer and member. Rebecca is also on the committee of the West Bristol Arts Trail and has been a Trustee of a grant making trust for over 10 years.