Below is a list of events happening in Rwanda related to the film industry.
African Digital Media Academy
Africa Digital Media Academy (ADMA) is a media production school based in Kigali that was founded in March 2012 by the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) in partnership with Pixel Corps, a U.S.-based digital media firm. ADMA is a vocational training program that educates Rwandan students to work in the video, visual effects and 3-D areas. For detailed information about the school, application cycles, and to apply, visit ADMA’s website.
Entertainment, Media, and Arts Sector Skills Council
The Entertainment, Media, and Arts Sector Skills Council was established in Kigali in July 2013 by the Rwanda Development Board to encourage capacity building and skills development in the entertainment industry. The ultimate goal is to source 75 percent of media content from local talent. For more information visit RDB’s website.
Rwanda Film Festival
The 9th annual Rwanda Film Festival, also known as Hillywood, was held July 20-26, 2013. This year’s theme was “Our Mother’s, Our Hero’s,” celebrating the role of women in Rwanda, and Africa. Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the festival and the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. Stay tuned for follow-up of this year’s event and for updates on next year’s Rwanda Film Festival.
Directed by Christopher Towey and Leah Warshawski, this documentary chronicles the beginnings of Rwanda’s film industry and the festival that celebrates it. Filmed in Rwanda it features the pioneers of the industry finding their voice and bringing Rwandan-made films to rural communities on inflatable screens, where thousands of people gather to watch movies at locations where horrible crimes occurred during the genocide. Finding Hillywood chronicles the development of this budding industry and how film has helped heal a nation. The film celebrated its world premiere as part of the African Pictures program at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2013. Visit Finding Hillywood to learn more about the film and upcoming screenings.