Monthly Archives: May 2015

Opportunity: Maisha lab’s Call for Screenwriters

PRESS RELEASE shared by Mr. Martin Mhando via email.

MAISHA LAB IN ZANZIBAR: ZIFF TO SUPPORT ZANZIBARI APPLICANTS
The Maisha Lab has announced its next Screenwriting laboratory to be held in Zanzibar during ZIFF 2015 18-25th July. Applications for the competitive laboratory are now open and the deadline is 13th June.

The laboratory has been one of the most influential film training grounds inspiring hundreds of East African filmmakers with over 1000 participants said to have already been through the training.

The Program Director of the Kampala base film lab, FibbyKioria said that they expect to award 60 scholarships in total each year for the next three years to participants from Uganda, Tanzania , Rwanda and Kenya . This has been made possible with funding from StichtingDoen.

“In 8 days, the 60 selected participants (15 in each country) will work with internationally renowned mentors to refine their work and broaden their horizons on the film business and the art of filmmaking” she commented adding, “The winning script will receive an award of $ 5,000 to produce their short film”.

This is a seventh lab to be held in Zanzibar and ZIFF is the local partner utilizing the festival event to encapsulate the spirit of the training by offering a valuable platform where screenwriters can watch a wide diversity of films and engage in discussions with other local and international filmmakers attending the festival.

However the Festival Director Prof Martin Mhando has been quick to plead that Zanzibari screenwriters need to take advantage of the lab being held in Zanzibar.

“In the past labs participation by Zanzibari based screenwriters has been very low, and yet we know that the need is great. More important these are fully funded and competitive laboratories which add to the participants skills, knowledge as well as allow to develop networks in the film industry”.

One of the biggest criticism of the Bongo movies industry is the weak scriptwriting skills. Linear stories and underdeveloped plots and characters are the bane of the film industry in Tanzania and it is labs like these that develop this capacity.

ZIFF will be ready to support Zanzibari filmmakers intending to apply with their scripts to ensure they present them in the right format and the improve their chances of being selected. We offer explanations in Kiswahili. Intending Zanzibari participants are asked to contact the ZIFF office by emailing ziff@ziff.or.tz and the Maisha lab’s Call for Screenwriters at www.maishafilmlab.org .

Fully completed applications are to be emailed to Please submit the application requirements detailed below via email to: fibby@maishafilmlab.org

Download Application Form.

KISWAHILI VERSION FOLLOWS BELOW

WARSHA YA UANDISHI FILAMU KUFANYIKA ZIFF
Maisha Lab ya Uganda wametangazakuwawarshayaonyingineitafanyika Zanzibar wakatiwa ZIFF 2015 mweziJulaikuanziatarehe 18 hadi 25. Maombitokakwawanaotakakushirikikatikawarshahiiyameanzakupokewanamwishowamaombinitarehe 13 Juni.

WarshazaMaisha Lab zimekuzavipajivyawaandishiwafilamunawakurugenziwafilamuwengihapaAfrikaMashariki.Tayariwarshahizozimefundishazaidiyawatu 1000 tanguMaisha Lab ianzishwe.MkurugenziwaMaisha Lab aliyeko Kampala Uganda alisemakuwawanatarajikutoaskolaship 60 kwawanafunzikwamwakakwawashirikitokanchizotezaAfrikaMashariki.

“Katikawarshazetuwatu 60 (15 tokakilanchi) watachaguliwakuhudhuriamafunzohayoyatakayoongozwanawakufunziwaliobobeakatikafanizauandishiwafilamu. Nia nikuongezaujuzinakupanuwawigowabiasharayautengenezajifilamuhapaAfrikaMashariki.” AlisemaFibbyKioriaMkurugenziwaMaisha lab.

KatikakilaWarsha script zitashindanishwanamshindiatapatiwa $5000 ilikumwezeshakutengenezafilamufupikatikamwakaunaofuata. Mwakajana Nassir Qassimwa Tanzania ndiyealiyeibukamshindi. Hiiniwarshaya 3 itakayofanyika Zanzibar na ZIFF ndiomdhamini wake ilikuwapawashirikinafasiyakushirikikatikatamashanahivyokuwezakukutananawatengenezafilamuwenginetokanjewanaokujakwa ZIFF. Pia wanapatanafasiyakuangaliafilamu tele zinazoonyeshwawakatiwaTamasha.

LakiniMkurugenziwa ZIFF aliharakishakusemakuwaanasikitishwasanakuonakuwawashirikitoka Zanzibar huwawachachekilamwaka. “Tunajuwakuwawaandishiwafilamutokazanzibarwanahitajisanamafunzohayamaanayanawapaujuzina pia nafasiyakujuananawatengenezafilamuwenginewakimataifa”, alisemaMkurugenzihuyo Tasniayafilamuya Bongo Movies imesemwasanakwakuwanahadithidhaifukimataifa. Kwa kutumiawarshakamahiziwadauwanawezakukuzavipajivyaonakufikiahadhiyakimataifa.

ZIFF mwakahuuimejitoleakuwasaidia wale woteambaowangependakutumamaombiyaoilikuwasaidiakufuatamalekezoyausaili, kuwapamiongozoyauandishiwaskriptinakuwaongezeanafasizakuchaguliwakuhudhuriawarshahiimuhimu. Wanaotakakusaidiwakatikahiliwanatakiwakufika ZIFF, NgmeKongwe Zanzibar, au kutuma maombi yao ya kusaidiwa kwabarua pepe workshop@ziff.or.tz

Wanaotakakujuazaidikuhusuwarshahiiwaingiekwenyetovutihii:www.maishafilmlab.org au wawasilianenafibby@maishafilmlab.org

Creative Entrepreneurship Master Class Presentation Day

Every creative person should have (Film Makers, producers, dancers, Photographers etc.) the entrepreneur’s attitude, behaviors and habits that will trigger innovation and growth of the sector in terms of quality production. “To be an entrepreneur, you have to be ready to fail and not once, you have to test your business model in the real world, and every day you will learn something new that will be outside the confines of a classroom…” shared by Mr. Elly Omondi, Chrisc Tanzania Coordinator who graced our presentations at the Creative Entrepreneurship master classes that took place today at our office on Moivaro road in Arusha, Tanzania.

This course covers most of the key aspects of starting or scaling a business as a creative person. The course module includes; presentation, business model canvas, basic marketing, research, using the tools (internet, computer and computer applications), brand identity, finances etc.
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Creative Media participants...
Creative  Entrepreneurship participants…
Director of Sambuguma studio presenting his business model.
Director of Sambuguma studio presenting his business model.

Big congratulations to all the grandaunts for taking time off their busy schedule to come and learn how to go an extra mile in this competitive world. “Every creative person needs to create time and have an online presence, the big deals and market is also found online and we can’t afford not to be active online. Technical skills alone aren’t enough; we need to have the entrepreneurial instinct in our work”. Mr. Wilson Masaka Trainer, Creative Entrepreneurship Course.

Next we look forward to the next class Creative Media (cinematography and technical skills) starting 18th May to 29th May 2015.

Get in touch with us: movingtanzania@kilimanjarofilm.org
Have a blessed weekend and stay creative!

New Students At KFI

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The Kilimanjaro Film Institute hereby welcomes application from all over the country (Tanzania) to attend a two years audio-visual training; In the first year, students learn basic skills such as working with a camera, introduction to editing, sound equipment and introduction to storytelling techniques. In the second year the students focus on the creative and artistic aspects of media production and cover topics such as research and reporting skills, production planning, script writing and directing, media law and media ethics, entrepreneurship and on job training to students, purposely to prepare them to face job market.

The application:
The application in English, must be submitted electronically to the following address: elibahati@kilimanjarofilm.org and a copy to  sam@kilimanjarofilm.org

Deadline for application: 21st May 2015

The application consists of the following items:

  • Cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Composition/essay of not less than 250 words explaining why you deserve the chance to join KFI

Criteria of selection:

  1.  English (Can read, speak and write)
  2. Kiswahili (Can read, speak and write)
  3.  Basic Computer skills
  4. Must come from challenging background
  5. A deep passionate in Media
  6. Aged 18-24 years
  7. Must a Tanzanian Citizen

 

Creative Entrepreneurs Learn Everyday

The Master classes aims are to improve the media landscape in East Africa and to enhance participant’s skills in improving their imaginative skills, business skills and personally enable them brand their business ideas. Our Overall goal at Moving Tanzania is to strengthen documentary making, film, cultural storytelling and other related skills by training those involved in the related creative media industry in East Africa.

The Creative Entrepreneurship (CE) targets practitioners in the creative industry, for example Musicians, Film-makers, Bloggers, Editors, Producers, Actors / Actress, Painters, etc. who are at any level in their industry. This is a platform to learn, share and network with learning opportunities to learn how to start a venture, scale your business or review any practices in your sector.

Once you have an idea you need to develop a marketing strategy on a solid business model. In the process of ideation and planning you can’t miss the 5 P’s namely; Product, Price, People, Promotion and Place. Our main focus is to learn how we can sell our products and also pitch our ideas to potential clients or investors. We also cover extensively on-line and offline promotion and its attributes. After the course each participant leaves with a clear road map of their business identity and wealth of knowledge and skills to compete in different sphere of life.

Our sessions are more practical with a good balance of theory. During the two week training we also host discussion forums on how to receive and give feedback (critique and not criticizing) which many of us are not used to especially when it comes to giving feedback that requires reviews. In the coming lessons we shall looking at budgeting, research on-line and offline, finishing our business models, customer persona, guest speaker and lastly hosting a mini graduation ceremony at our premise where the participants will be presenting their business model to an audience of approximately 25 -30 people which is also part of the challenge.

Our sessions are more practical with a good balance of theory. During the two week training we also host discussion forums on how to receive and give feedback (critique and not criticizing) which many of us are not used to especially when it comes to giving feedback that requires reviews. In the coming lessons we shall look at budgeting, research on-line and offline, finishing our business models, customer persona, invite a guest speaker and lastly is hosting a mini graduation ceremony at our premises where the participants will be presenting their business models to an audience of approximately 25 -30 people which is also part of the Creative Entrepreneurship challenge.

Benefits of joining the course;

  • Participants get to work in groups and also learn other important skill sets for an entrepreneur to excel in mobilizing the required resources for example pitching your ideas to prospective investors or partners.
  • Link with professional coaches who will help you in the process of fine tuning the business idea.
  • Explore your creative world through practical assignments etc.
  •  Have fun while learning with other passionate entrepreneurs.
Participants from Chrisc Tanzania attending the ongoing Creative Entrepreneurship
Participants from Chrisc Tanzania attending the ongoing Creative Entrepreneurship
Fred developing his brand identity (slogan and logo), everyone presents in front of the
Fred developing his brand identity (slogan and logo), everyone presents in front of the class to receive feedback while they learn how to present.
Mr. Sambunguma the director of Sambunguma production presenting his business model at Creative Entrepreneurship class where he is one of the participants.
Mr. Sambunguma the director of Sambunguma production presenting his business model at Creative Entrepreneurship class where he is one of the participants.
Wilson Masaka – Hub Manager / Creative Entrepreneur trainer facilitating a lesson on creativity.
Wilson Masaka – Hub Manager / Creative Entrepreneur trainer facilitating a lesson on creativity.