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Opportunity: Maisha lab’s Call for Screenwriters

PRESS RELEASE shared by Mr. Martin Mhando via email.

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.


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

Step by Step we Get the Right Shots!

This stage of post production involves the technical aspect in film making  whereby students are guided through using the right editing sets, software, settings etc.

Our first years students are currently applying the skills they have learnt in the past few months…

The Editors: Students are going through the post production  process to make sure that everything is properly captured.

editing-kfi kfi-students

First year students filming a group assignment mainly to implement the use of manual white balance.


Our 3rd Years Students Are Ready for the World of Work

After intensive lectures and successfully working on clients’ assignments under KFI production unit, it’s now time our 3rd year’s students get introduced into new spaces of World of work. Currently preparations are under-way while the students eagerly wait for their intern-ship confirmations. The main aim of having the students working as interns at various media companies is for them to continue the learning process in a production house and apply the lessons taught in class which will improve their employability chances. The intern-ship will start in February to April 2015, with the graduation expected somewhere in June 2015. Our training is hands on, with a good balance of theoretical lectures and practical assignments.

We mentor and coach the students on the vital employability skills whilst also working on their life skills that help them adapt into new organization cultures. This week we have the pleasure of hosting Mr. Wilson Masaka from Nairobi, Kenya who is a social entrepreneur, IT expert and a trainer. He has vast experiences working with youth groups in the ICT sectors through the Nairobits model.

The ongoing lectures are based on the following;

  1. Communication skills
  2. Work ethics
  3. Planning and organization cultures and structures (How to adapt into new work environments).
  4. Moving from the comfort zone into new power zone of learning new things.
  5. Career mapping and goal setting
Students input during the feedback session focusing on a case study on organization cultures, structures and related work ethics.
Students input during the feedback session focusing on a case study on organization cultures, structures and related work ethics.
Mr. Wilson facilitating a group discussion on moving from the comfort zone into new power zone of learning new things.
Mr. Wilson facilitating a group discussion on moving from the comfort zone into new power zone of learning new things.

Our biggest philosophy is learning by doing and we take a more participatory approach allowing our students to have different view points during the group discussion that has improved our students’ self-esteem, confidence and language barriers.

“It is always a great pleasure to share my skills and experiences with the young people and of course learn from them. I’m happy being part of the KFI team. The creativity and the zeal of the team make me feel home away from home. I would recommend any company looking for great film maker, camera operators etc to come to KFI.” – Wilson Masaka


Tips and Key lesson highlighted
Career Mapping / Plan
Step 1: Choose your ideal career. Place it at the center.
Step 2: Link it to your interest, vision, skills, values, goals, education requirement.
You may branch out further, make sure the process follows the SMART principle.


Note: You may consult with your friends and mentors in the field of your choice to get more insight on your career.