Africa in Motion Curatorship 

Africa in Motion Film Festival is an annual African film festival based in Scotland, now in its 14th year. Since its inception the festival has screened over 600 African films to audiences totalling around 45,000 people and has grown into one of the most important platforms for the exhibition of African cinema in Europe. We are conscious of that the festival needs to diversify and expand its staff and are currently undertaking strategic steps to make this happen. We are creating a number of paid curatorships and we particularly welcome applications from curators from Africa and the African diaspora. During this role you will be responsible for curating and implementing three events and will also take part in the general selection for AiM’s 2019 festival (25 Oct to 3 Nov). You will receive a budget approved by the festival producer in order to implement your events. In addition to organising three events you would also be expected to watch around 15 feature films and documentaries from the AiM 2019 wishlist and make recommendations for the main festival programme. 

Job title: Africa in Motion Curator

Employment dates: 19 June 2019 to 15 Nov 2019 (induction on Wed 19 June)  

Fee: £1,200 (reasonable work-related expenses such as travel will also be reimbursed)

Hours: 15 days in total, flexible working with 4 required days in the AiM office   

Based at: Africa in Motion Film Festival Office, Templeton House, Bridgeton, Glasgow / and working remotely

Report to: Festival Producer and Board of Trustees

There are three curatorships available. 

 Duties and responsibilities:

  • Researching African films, negotiating licensing terms for the films
  • Planning and implementing three screenings and complementary events (i.e. discussions, catering, performance) during the main festival programme
  • Securing venues for screenings
  • Watching a selection of at least 15 films from the AiM wishlist and making recommendations for the main programme
  • Working to develop partnerships with relevant organisations and involving them in the development of tailored events, screenings and publicity
  • Working on the marketing and publicity campaign for Africa in Motion 2019, including niche marketing, social media and print
  • Working with volunteers who will assist you in delivering your screenings and events

Person specification:


The ideal candidate will be based in Glasgow or Edinburgh

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience in curating and delivering arts events in Scotland
  • Experience of coordinating a wide range of activities and the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Excellent computer literacy particularly in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Google Drive  
  • Ability to work under pressure and to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team
  • Availability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed
  • A demonstrable interest in Africa


  • Knowledge of African cinemas, cultures and histories  
  • Experience working in a film festival and/or African arts organisation

To apply:

Please send your CV and a brief cover letter, explaining why you are ideal for the position, to Festival Producer Justine Atkinson: justine@africa-in-motion.org.uk by the deadline of 5pm Friday 31 May 2019. Please include the names and contact details of two referees who could be contacted in advance of an interview. Interviews will be held at the Africa in Motion Film Festival office in Glasgow on Wed 12 June 2019.