Initiative for Moving Pictures
on the African Continent

“EXPLORING THE MOVING IMAGE”

A short-film festival event that provides a platform for the exhibition of African-made student and non-professional animations and live action films that explore the possibilities of the moving image. In addition to this, the festival includes all types of moving image exploration like sight-sound installations, live performances and various discussion and seminar sessions.

iMPAC is an iniative to foster the exploratory arm of the motion pictures industry within the African continent with an emphasis on innovative thinking and the creative use of available technology.

OBJECTIVE

To foster the exploratory arm of the motion pictures industry within the African continent. To this end the emphasis is placed on innovative thinking and the creative use of available technology.

PROCESS

To encourage the African filmmaker to expand his/her creative boundaries by initiating an environment in which filmmakers can be exposed to new ideas, promote their work and network within the established industry framework.

MISSION

With the understanding that today’s exploratory work feeds into tomorrow’s mainstream industry, our mission is to assist African filmmakers to find an identity that is uniquely their own within the global community. iMPAC’s intention is to become the benchmark reference of conceptual thinking within the African audio-visual industry.

iMPAC 2013

The first iMPAC Festival drew 2500 people over three days, and the 2011 festival drew over 5000 people indicating that there is an audience for exploratory film in Gauteng. Audiences were culturally diverse and included delegates from numerous embassies and key figures from the film, television and animation industries.

Section 21 Company
(NPO – Non-profit organization)
Registration Nr. 2010/010469/08

Components of iMPAC

The Festival:
An annual short film festival event that provides a platform for the exhibition of African made student media that explores the synergy between sight & sound in the moving image.

Film Library Institute:
An initiative to locate & house rare titles from the international experimental film tradition. The collection is curated by Astria Suparak of the Mellon gallery in Pittsburg PA.

Story and Ritual:
The Story & Ritual Programme encourages post-graduate students to document & archive evidence of sub-Saharan oral history & culture. To be made available for academic use globally.