Afrika Eye, which promotes the richness and diversity of African storytelling, starts on November 11th.
More elements of the programme have been released as the festival draws near.
The festival opens the continent of Africa and its people up to new audiences. Stereotypes are dispelled, myths challenges and some magical tales are told.
The weekend will be packed with new films, discussions and family workshops.
There will also be some superb live music featuring Ghanaian master drummer Abass Dodoo, known for his collaborations with the legendary Ginger Baker.
In something of a coup, organisers have secured an exclusive preview of A United Kingdom, which is not on general release in the UK until November 25th.
The film is the true story of how the heir to the throne of what is modern-day Botswana and his English lover, then wife, defied convention.
Their romance angered the British officials looking to keep cosy relations with apartheid South Africa.
Other screenings include features and documentaries on, or about, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.
Three music films will provide an insight into different local cultures. As I Open My Eyes is directed by Tunisia’s Layla Bouzid and follows a young singer whose music becomes her resistnace in the build-up to the Arab Spring.
They Will Have To Kill Us First, written by Andy Morgan, covers the determined fightback of Malian musicians who were forbidden to play by Islamist extremists.
Roots Reggae Rebellion explores how Roots Reggae music provided a cultural lifeline for young black people in the struggle for civil rights.
Documentaries will be shown at Afrika Eye 2016 which explore life in intimate detail. Colours of the Alphabet, set deep in rural Zambia, follows a group of primary school children over the course of an academic term.
Manenberg takes audiences through five years in the lives of young men caught up in the dangerous gangland of South Africa’s Cape Flats.
For the full programme and ticket prices see the Afrika Eye website
Afrika Eye is hosted by Bristol’s Watershed Cinema in partnership with Bristol City Council.
at University of Bristol Botanic Gardens