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Welcome to Maisha Film Lab

Maisha (which means ‘life’ in Kiswahili) is a non-profit training initiative for emerging East African filmmakers. We provide hands-on intensives in screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, editing, sound recording, and acting.

Programs 2016

DOEN 2016
SCREENWRITING LABS

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Stichting DOEN will for the second year be funding the 2016 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 filmmaking. The winning script will receive an award of $ 5,000 to produce their short film.

ZANZIBAR Screenwriting Lab

  • Submission deadline – May 15 , 2016
  • Result date – June 7 , 2016
  • Screenwriting lab dates – July 7 to 14 , 2016

Kenya Screenwriting Lab

  • Submission deadline – June 30 , 2016
  • Result date – July 25 , 2016
  • Screenwriting lab dates – August 26- September 2 2016.

Uganda Screenwriting Lab

  • Submission deadline – July 1, 2016
  • Result date – August 1, 2016
  • Screenwriting lab dates – Sept 6 – 16, 2016.

Rwanda Screenwriting Lab

  • Submission deadline – CLOSED
  • Result date – June 20, 2016
  • Screenwriting lab dates – July 21 – 28, 2016.

4th Annual Maisha African Film Festival (MAFF)

Maisha African Film Festival

Maisha African Film Festival is back for its 4th edition this year and applications are open 18 April 2016. MAFF will take place on 6-7 August 2016.

Registration is open for the following:

  • African short & features documentary
  • African narrative shorts and features

The deadline to submit films is June 15, 2016 and results will be announced July 1, 2016.