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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanaotakakujuazaidikuhusuwarshahiiwaingiekwenyetovutihii:www.maishafilmlab.org au email@example.com