Africa in the Picture is an annual film festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, showcasing a unique selection of films from the African continent and its Diaspora.
History of Africa in the Picture (AITP)
In 1985, Africa in the Picture was founded by Mariet Bakker (now lecturer at the Dutch Film and Television Academy). What started as a retrospective of African cinema, became Europe's first African film festival focusing on the latest film productions from the continent and its Diaspora. In 2005, Africa in the Picture became an annual festival and Heidi Lobato followed Mariet Bakker as the new director of the festival.
AITP keeps evolving. Every year the festival sets a main theme inspired by social actuality and developments in the field of African cinema. Regularly the festival introduces new sub themes such as horror -resulting in a special African Horror Night during the 2011 festival edition! A returning AITP sub theme is the ground breaking Gay Africa programme that celebrated it's 10 years anniversary in 2011.
Besides the unique film program, AITP also produces open air screenings, school projects and interactive debates with live streaming internet connections.