Thursday, February 18, 2010

MAISHA FILM LAB!!!

I mean, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried... (a total *416* moment!)

So the VERY day that I start emailing friends to ask if they could refer me to screenwriting classes and workshops... I happen across the most [seemingly] wonderfully destined opportunity that just may be made for me!!! The 3rd Annual Screenwriting Lab which takes place through the MAISHA FILM LAB partners with the 4 Regional East African Film festivals for an 8-day Screenwriting Lab IN EACH of the target countries.

For each Lab, Maisha's International Reading Committee selects 9 participants based on their submitted screenplays (5-10 pages). 3 professional screenwriters volunteer their time to mentor the participants. At the end of each lab, the mentors award a production grant of $2,000 to the best screenplay. These funds are contingent on the Maisha's administrative team's approval of the winning filmmaker's shooting script, budget, and production plan.

The deadlines for 2010 start approaching next month and extend through August... Could this BE more meant for me??? :)

Check out all they have to offer:

Zanzibar International Film Festival
Dates of Lab: Early June 2010 (dates TBD) in Zanzibar Town
Due date of Application: Friday, March 26th, 2010
This will be a residential workshop; Maisha will cover the cost of the hotel and food for all participants. Participants must make their own way to Zanzibar.

Rwanda International Film Festival:
Dates of Lab: May 15th to 21st in Kigali, Rwanda.
Due date of Application: Friday, March 19th, 2010
This will be a non-residential workshop; Maisha will cover the cost of food for the participants. Participants will be expected to arrive at the workshop location by 8:00am and stay until early evening.

Kenya International Film Festival
Dates of Lab: Oct 16th to 23rd in Nairobi.
Due date of Application: Monday, August 2nd, 2010.
This will be a non-residential workshop; Maisha will cover the cost of food for the participants. Participants will be expected to arrive at the workshop location by 8:00am and stay until early evening.

Amakula Kampala International Film Festival
Dates of Lab: Early November 2010 (dates TBD) in Kampala.
Due date of Application: Monday, August 2nd, 2010.
This will be a residential workshop; Maisha will cover the cost of the hotel, and food for all participants. Participants must make their own way to Kampala.

2ND ANNUAL MAISHA DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING LAB - (Funded by the Luma Foundation)
Dates of Lab: Early October 2010 (Dates TBD)
Maisha presents this 10-day intensive workshop on the fundamentals of non-narrative filmmaking. 12 students are selected to participate. The first four days of the program focus on watching and analyzing documentary films and familiarizing the students with the equipment. The second half of the Lab is devoted to 3 groups of students shooting and editing their own short documentary projects.

APPRENTICESHIP WITH LOCAL FILMMAKERS (Since 2009)
Maisha offers production grants to local filmmakers who are making feature films. Recipients of this grant are required to take on Maisha alums as apprentices in the areas of development, production, or post production. The first director to receive this grant is Donald Mugisha, a Ugandan director working on his second feature film (his first, DIVISIONZ screened widely all over Africa and was featured in several European film festivals).

MAISHA FEATURE SCREENPLAY MENTORSHIP PROGRAM - (New Program, 2010)

Details to be confirmed by January 15th, 2010.


So......................... I am officially planning to make myself available for one of these screenwriting labs!!! It's got to happen.. It's going to happen!!! Africa has been calling me for quite some time, and this is the perfect opportunity to make her acquaintance!


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