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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



In partnership with Home Box Office, Inc (HBO), Maisha invites East African filmmakers to submit an application to create two short documentary films for HBO television. Maisha shall provide support and access to renowned international mentors for the production of these films, from story through to post-production.

Deadline of submission for both screenwriter/directors and technical crew (cinematographers, sound recordists, and editors) is January 10th 2016.

Programs 2015


doen-logoStichting Doen funds Screenwriting Labs in East Africa for three years

2015 Lab Dates

  • Uganda – Friday 26th June to Friday 3rd July
  • Zanzibar – Saturday 18th July to Saturday 25th July
  • Rwanda – Thursday 30th July to Thursday 6th August
  • Kenya – Tuesday 27th October to Tuesday 3rd November


CKU_tagline_UK_iconCKU funds Youth and film project for two years

Gulu & Kitgum Film Screenings

  • Gulu Film Club – Every Saturday at TAKS Art Centre from 4pm to 6pm
  • School Clubs – At Pope John Paul II High & Gulu Central Secondary School twice a month.
  • Kitgum Film Club – Once a month

Gulu & Kitgum Film Labs

  • Kitgum Film Lab – November 22 to November 26
  • Gulu Film Lab – November 28 to December 2

Gulu Film Festival

  • December 4 & December 5