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If we don’t tell our own stories, no one else will

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 2015


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.

RWANDA Screenwriting Lab


  • Submission deadline – March 31 , 2016
  • Result date – April 20 , 2016
  • Screenwriting lab dates – May 9 to 16 , 2016

ZANZIBAR Screenwriting Lab

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