The Africa In Motion (AiM), Edinburgh African Film Festival has announced the shortlist for their film competition, which consist of eight short films by young and emerging African filmmakers who have not completed feature-length films. The films on the shortlist span fiction and documentary genres: a  magic realist tale from Tunisia a Moroccan story of childhood  nostalgia a single-setting short from Egypt an edgy tale about two  gangsters set in the high-octane Nigerian capital Lagos a  heart-warming love story from Mozambique and three films from South Africa: a stylistically experimental documentary on anti-apartheid  activist Steve Biko an innovative stop motion animation short and  a fascinating documentary on two lovers and community activists in  the Cape.
The shortlist consists of the following eight films:
Red & Blue, Mahmood Soliman, Egypt,  2007
Sellam and Demetan, Mohamed Amin,  Morocco, 2008
I Love You, Rogério Manjate,  Mozambique, 2007
Area Boys, Omelihu Nwanguma,  Nigeria/UK, 2007
Magic Crop, Anis Lassoued,  Tunisia, 2006
Agenda, Diek Grobler, South  Africa, 2007
Biko's Children, Vuyisa Breeze  Yoko, South Africa, 2007
Pam & Ashraf,  Robyn Rorke, South Africa, 2007
All selected short films will be screened during the Africa In Motion film festival (October 23 - November 2, 2008), and the winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony after the screenings. There will also be an Audience Choice Award, voted for by the viewing public at the AiM film festival, to be announced at the end of the festival. For the festival program, visit www.africa-in-motion.org.uk <http://cts.vresp.com/c/?AfricanMovieChannel/ce7982500d/5a5b8d5aa9/71e5a7af9b> .
The winning film will be selected by a jury consisting of acclaimed Burkinabe filmmaker Gaston Kaboré writer, presenter and filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa director of the Scottish Documentary Institute Noe Mendelle and high-profile film critic, writer and producer Mark Cousins. “We were impressed with the overall quality and standard of the entries,” says festival director Lizelle Bisschoff. “We received films all over the continent – from almost 20 African countries. This  competition is part of the festival's commitment to support  filmmaking talent on the continent and it is our hope that the  competition will contribute to making it a bit easier for aspiring  African filmmakers to fulfill their  dreams.”