Maisha Film Labs Call for Submissions 2017

“If we don’t tell our stories no one else will”

May, 2017 Edition



Call for Submissions

Stichting DOEN will – for the third year – be funding the 2017 series of Screenwriting Labs in East Africa. Maisha will have 4 annual 8-day intensive programs in each of Maisha’s target countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda). Fifteen scholarships will be awarded in each country.

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 film-making. The winning script will receive a grant of $ 5,000 to produce their short film.

Listed below are the submission deadlines and lab dates for all of our target countries:

Zanzibar Screenwriting Lab

  1. Submission deadline – May 31st, 2017
  2. Result date – June 21st, 2017
  3. Screenwriting Lab Dates – July 5th – June 12th, 2017

Kenya Screenwriting Lab

  1. Submission deadline – May 31st, 2017
  2. Result date – June 21st, 2017
  3. Screenwriting Lab Dates – July 19th – July 26th, 2017

Rwanda Screenwriting Lab

  1. Submission deadline – May 31st, 2017
  2. Result date – July 15th, 2017
  3. Screenwriting Lab Dates – August 9th – August 16th, 2017

Uganda Screenwriting Lab

  1. Submission deadline – June 30th, 2017
  2. Result date – August 1st, 2017
  3. Screenwriting Lab Dates – August 21st – August 28th, 2017

For more information and to download the application form, click on the link below.

Application Form



If you loved listening to Doreen Baingana speak about her book ‘Tropical Fish’ at Maisha Moto last year, you won’t want to miss its live theater adaptation next week on Saturday May 20th from 3PM – 6.30 PM at Maisha Garden.

Adapted for the stage by the book’s author, Doreen Baingana and featuring the one-woman show: Rehema Nanfuka, the production explores issues of Ugandan womanhood and identity.

This will be the first time this show is being performed outdoors in the idyllic Maisha Garden. Come join us at Maisha Garden as we share and celebrate in this beautiful remaster of a celebrated piece of Ugandan literature.

ENTRANCE is 20,000/=
Fajitas and fruit juice will be on sale.

For any questions or comments, contact us on +256701712712

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Honoring a Film Legend

For 50 years, Sembene was Africa’s most tireless and forceful cultural hero. Unfortunately, 10 years after his death, his work is unknown to most Africans. This documentary celebrates Sembene’s contributions to African cinema with the hope of reintroducing his work to a new generation of Africans and to preserve his place in history.

After premiering in competition at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, this film has toured the world. New York magazine named it one of the top ten films of the year. But, outside of festival screenings, Africans have been largely unable to see it.

That will change June 9th-11th, 2017, when SEMBENE! is screened FREE OF CHARGE, across the African continent; with public screenings in schools, theaters, cultural centers and public plazas; with house parties; and through free streaming.

The goal is to screen the film in all 54 African countries, in several cities in the Diaspora, and to give Africans a chance to experience a real-life hero, one who fought immeasurable odds to return African stories to the African people.

Maisha Film Lab will be partnering with Zanzibar International Film Festival,  Kijiweni Productions, and Kwetu Film Institute to bring SEMBENE! to the East African region.
Kijiweni Productions (Tanzania)
Venue: Kijiweni Cinema, Nafasi Art Space
Date: Friday 9th June, 2017
Time: 7.30 pm
Moderators: Amil Shivji

Maisha Film Lab (Uganda)
Venue: Maisha Garden
Date: Saturday 10th June, 2017
Time: 6.00 pm
Moderators: Dr. Dominic Dipio and Dr. Okaka Opio Dokotum

Zanzibar International Film Festival (Tanzania)
Venue: Amphitheater – Old Fort, Zanzibar
Date: Saturday 10th June, 2017
Time: 7.30 pm
Moderators: Prof Martin Mhando, Mr. Chande Omar, Mr. Hassan Mitawi

Kwetu Film Institute (Rwanda)
Venue: TBC
Date: TBC
Time: TBC
Moderators: TBCFor more details on the Sembene Across Africa project and how to support them, click on the link below to visit their kick-starter page.

Kickstarter Page
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