Liz Chege

Liz Chege

Festival DirectorGlasgow, United Kingdom
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Liz Chege

Liz Chege

Festival DirectorGlasgow, United Kingdom
About me
I am an arts curator, critic and film programmer with experience in the management of film festivals, film exhibition, arts venue audience engagement and social media campaigns. My background in architecture provides a unique understanding of our bodily response to artistic expression. I'm a founding member of Come the Revolution, a collective of creatives and curators committed to exploring Black life, experience and cultural expression through cinema. I have programmed screenings for international festivals including Cinema Rediscovered Film Festival for various venues including renowned Watershed Cinema and Arnolfini. I also worked as a film campaign manager for distributors that need a bespoke campaign for special audiences and volunteer as a mentor for artists and filmmakers of colour. Most recently, I was appointed festival director of Africa in Motion.
Projects
  • No Direct Flight
    No Direct FlightNo Direct Flight is a global partnership project linking East Africa, the UK and the US supported by the BFI and the British Council. Through exhibition, discussion, commissioning and publishing, the project explored the impact of internet culture on African and African diaspora moving image practices from aesthetics to new forms of collaboration. I programme produced a wide number of aspects on the project including film clearance rights, film transport management, talent schedules and travel
  • BAIT
    BAITA truly handmade film, "Bait" (directed by Mark Jenkin and produced by Early Day Films) tracks the arguments that generate a tragedy, as Martin Ward, a fisherman without a boat, clashes with almost everyone in his Cornish fishing village. Conflicts grow as he tries to honour his family legacy, in a village sold to tourists. In hand-developed 16mm images in shimmering black and white, Bait tells a narratively unconventional story of structural change in a picturesque fishing village in Cornwall:
  • Sweet Country
    Sweet CountryProject management and grassroots support/regional marketing campaign in Bristol for the film "Sweet Country" (distributed by Thunderbird Releasing). The film was released in the UK on March 9th 2018. A sweeping, historical epic set against the brutal backdrop of a stunning Australian landscape in 1920s Alice Springs, SWEET COUNTRY follows the story of Sam (Hamilton Morris), a middle-aged Aborigine man who becomes a wanted criminal after a violent altercation with a bitter war veteran. When Sa
  • The Ciambra
    The CiambraProject management and grassroots support/regional marketing campaign in Bristol for the film "The Ciambra" (distributed by Peccadillo Pictures). The film was released in the UK on June 15th 2018. Executive-produced by Martin Scorsese, THE CIAMBRA is a neo-realistic coming-of-age drama set within Italy's marginalised Roma community where the lines between childhood and adulthood are blurred out of necessity and survival. Invoking the spirit of THE BICYCLE THIEVES, THE CIAMBRA is a must-see accla
  • Black Star Season
    Black Star SeasonAs part of curating collective Come the Revolution, I was one of the curators of a two-month UK-wide celebration of the range, versatility and power of Black actors taking place in venues across Bristol. The film season is dedicated to some of the most magnetic performances ever to grace the cinema screen. To promote the films, I produced a variety of social media and digital content to highlight key moments. In keeping with Bristol's graffiti heritage, we worked with local PR practitioners to
  • NO B/S! A Comedy Genius Film Season
    NO B/S! A Comedy Genius Film SeasonAs part of the Come the Revolution collective, we curated a season of films and events that celebrate the many tones of Black comedy. The programme encourages audiences to look behind the laughs and the role of Black comedy to challenge, heal and reveal much of what is wholesome and what is problematic in our transatlantic society. The season is part of Comedy Genius, a nationwide celebration of comedy on screen, led by the British Film Institute, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audi
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Projects credited in
  • Africa in Motion – 2021 Festival Trailer
    Africa in Motion – 2021 Festival TrailerI worked with Africa in Motion, an organisation based in Scotland showcasing the best of filmmaking from Africa and the diaspora, to create the trailer for the 2021 edition of the Film Festival.
Work history
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    Festival DirectorAfrica in Motion Film Festival
    Glasgow, United KingdomFull Time
Skills
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Writing
  • Social Content
  • Film Criticism
  • Film Festivals
  • Film Programming
  • Film Marketing
  • Film Journalism
  • Film Critic
  • Curation
Education
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    CuratingUniversity of the West of England
     - Bristol, United Kingdom
    Masters degree in Curating.
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    ArchitectureUniversity of the West of England
     - Bristol, United Kingdom
    Double major BA (Hons) in Architecture and Town Planning