Afrika Eye is an annual film and arts festival in Bristol. It is the South West’s biggest celebration of African cinema and culture. Our Festival brings films and diverse perspectives on Africa and the African diaspora to growing audiences in Bristol and the South West. We combine the medium of film with related arts to challenge the stereotypes, dispel the myths and explore the traditions and transformations in the ever-changing social and political landscape across this vast continent.

Our film and arts events run across Bristol through October, culminating in our Film Festival weekend at Watershed. We welcome acclaimed filmmakers, industry and subject experts at Q&A and panel discussions, giving our audiences the chance to delve deep into the subject matter and the filmmaking processes. Alongside our films, we have live music, family workshops and talks and our Opening Night Parties bring internationally renowned artists to an intimate setting in Watershed bar.

The Afrika Eye story

Afrika Eye was founded Simon Bright and Ingrid Sinclair, filmmakers from Zimbabwe who arrived in Bristol in 2003. They were committed to offering a wider, more nuanced perspective on African cultures, in contrast to the usual mainstream portrayal of poverty, chaos and corruption. They had produced and directed international prize winning documentaries, shorts and features, including Flame the first Zimbabwean film selected for the Cannes Film Festival and had also curated several film festivals and run training courses for UNESCO.

See Ingrid’s filmography here

See Simon’s filmography here