Maisha Screenwriting Lab, Zanzibar International Film Festival 2014

Screenwriting Lab to Be Held at Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015

From July 18-25, 2015, the Maisha Foundation will run an 8-day intensive screenwriting lab at the 2015 edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF). Applications are currently open. Read on to learn more.  

ZUKU is once again proud to welcome Maisha Film Lab to Zanzibar for a screenwriting lab to be held at ZIFF 2015. Applications for this competitive screenwriting lab are now open, with the deadline being June 13.

Maisha Film Labs & The Zanzibar International Film Festival

The 2015 edition of the Maisha Film Lab is the seventh lab to be held in collaboration with ZIFF. The screenwriting lab has been one of the most influential film training grounds in East Africa, inspiring regional filmmakers, with over 1,000 participants already having taken part in the training. The program director of the Kampala-based Maisha Film Lab, Fibby Kioria, explains that the Maisha Foundation expects to grant 60 scholarships a year, for the next three years, to participants from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. These scholarships are made possible with funding from Stichting Doen.

Ms. Kioria goes on to explain, “In the 8 day workshop, the 60 selected participants (15 from each country) will work with internationally renowned mentors to refine their work and broaden their horizons in the film business and the art of filmmaking. The winning script writer will receive an award of $5,000 to produce their short film”.

Zuku Promotes Screenwriting in East Africa

The official sponsors of ZIFF are also behind this initiative to develop skills among East African filmmakers. Mandy Roger, TV director at Zuku explains, “As a pay TV platform that promotes the art of filmmaking, Zuku is proud to be part of this initiative and [to promote] high caliber talent on our platform. Maisha Film Lab [seeks to] identify, nurture and promote creative talent among children and youth through hands-on skills in development programs such as filmmaking, arts appreciation, organization and presentation of cultural and creative events.”

ZIFF is committed to supporting Zanzibari filmmakers who wish to apply for the screenwriting lab and can offer help in ensuring that scripts are properly presented thereby improving chances of being selected. ZIFF can offer this assistance in English or Swahili. Interested Zanzibari applicants are asked to contact ZIFF by emailing [email protected] or to contact the Maisha Film Lab.

Interested in knowing what movies will be screened at ZIFF 2015? Find out in Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015 Announces Official Selection.

Fully completed applications are to be emailed to: [email protected].

For more information on the Maisha Foundation or the screenwriting lab that will take place at the Zanzibar International Film Festival this July, please visit the Maisha Film Lab website.

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Photo Credits: Maisha Film Lab;  Fibby Kioria

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