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Jackline Emali

Jackline Emali

Jackline Emali is an independent, passionate, dedicated filmmaker who loves telling stories. She the secretary of Kenya Scriptwriters Guild, Founding member and head of Chap Chap Shooters Productions and a Maisha Film Lab and Women Make  Movies Alumni. She’s attended numerous film-based training with Kenya National Talent Academy, Mohamed Amin foundation, East African Film Network, Read More

Jean Baptiste Nyabyenda

Jean Baptiste Nyabyenda

A Rwandese by nationality and his educational background is in English, Literature and at Mount Kenya University. He has a Diploma in Education combined with French and English from Kigali Institute of Education. In November 2011, he has received the second prize in short films   from Ferasha Films Awards. He has produced short videos uploaded Read More

Kyomugasha Miriam

I am called KYOMUGASHO, MIRIAM. Am an upcoming film director. I studied film (screen writing and directing) with Mariam Ndagire Film and Performing Arts Centre (MNFPAC) IN 2011. I wrote and directed one short movie HEART BREAK, (2011), Co-wrote and co-directed TAKE ME (2012) And have featured on other sets as part of the crew. Read More

Mango Ndjangala

Mango Ndjangala also known as Eric Duffon lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo wants to connect the living arts to the major challenges of the 21st century so as to make this world, our community noble and healthier in body, mind and soul. The different film projects are intended to craft spirits, perception and Read More

Mercy Barasa Mukhongo

Mercy Barasa Mukhongo, who lives in Kenya went and did training in TV Production and worked as an Intern at Media Development in Africa in 2009. The same year she participated in Maisha Screen writing Lab were she was a participant and she attended the Screenwriting Lab Kenya 2009 (KIFF). This is after she had Read More

Mubiru Moses

Background Mubiru Moses is a Ugandan, born and raised in Jinja and Kampala, with ancestral grounds in Masaka. Growing up, he was passionate and talented in the fine arts, something that was always known about him. For secondary school he went to Bweyogerere Secondary School where he sat for both his O’ and A’ levels. Read More

Niam Itani

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Niam Itani is currently stays in Lebanon. Itani was a participant at Maisha and attended the Zanzibar Screenwriting Lab 2010 and worked on the film Super Full. Currently Itani is a Filmmaker at placeless films placelessfilms.com. The projects Itani is currently working on Twice Upon a Time Shadow of a Man http://arabculturefund.org/grantees/grantee.php?id=344 I am trying Read More

Paul Chika Tabu

Paul Chika Tabu is a Kenyan writer/ author. He attended KIFF lab in 2011 were he participated in Dear Father… He’s current occupation is a Copywriter and he works at Access Leo Burnett. The Ledge (short film) is one of he’s upcoming projects he’s going to work on. Maisha Film Lab can support and help Read More

Robert Clement Manondolo

I am Robert Clement Manondolo a Teacher for secondary schools Zanzibar and coordinator of Children and youth film Panorama in Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) for 4 years . I would like to join the master class workshop on tools for directors in Novernber 11-12 .2013 to learn how the process of film production and Read More

Robert Maxwell Ochan

I have worked on several documentary projects including scripwriting & directing “The Millennium Village-Anyara” a UNDP Millennium Villages documentary. “The Plight of  a Forgotten People” a documentary on the crisis in Northern Uganda for a United Kingdom based Charity organization, African Community Health & Research Organisation- ARCHRO. “Food Security Project for the People of Luwero” for Read More

Rogers Atukunda

Rogers Atukunda

Rogers Atukunda is an upstart short story writer, a journalist [editor at http://edge.ug], published poet and filmmaker. He studied English, Literature and film at Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Atukunda is a Maisha alumnus having attended the 2011 and 2016 screenwriters’ labs. He worked as a Marketing and Communications Agent at Nyati Motion Pictures, a Film Read More

Safari Mugwaneza Placide

Safari Mugwaneza Placide

Born in 1982, one brother and two sisters, I have liked reading and drawing since my teenage years. I wrote my first story in primary school in Kinyarwanda due to the reason that I am captive by everything that goes along with telling stories. I grew up as an orphan; my parents have both been Read More

Samuel Lutaaya Tebandeke

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Samuel has been a practising artist since 2003 and has gained experience in various art forms namely; dance, theatre, film to mention a few. His primary passion is dance and his interactions with various dance artists and educators have given him the ability to collaborate on various projects and also learn a great deal about Read More

Sibomana Jules

Sibomana Jules

My name is Sibomana Jules, I’m 24 years old and I’m a Rwandan by nationality, born in KIGALI city GASABO district. I completed primary school in 2002 in Kicukiro Primary School, my secondary school in 2009 in Groupe Scolaire St Joseph Nyamasheke and now I hold a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering obtained in College Read More

Semakula Francis

EDUCATION Francis obtained a degree in Office and Information Management at Makerere University in 2009. He further obtained a professional certificate in Computer networking at the same University in 2011. Has UACE, UNEB certificate in 2004 at St. James SS. Jinja. And Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) at Armoret High School in 2000. And PLE Read More

Yves Amuli

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My name is Yves AMULI, I was born on the 4th September 1993, I am the first among seven children including two sisters, I did my primary school at Nkombo primary school, in a rural place, on the Rwanda largest island where my parent were born too. I started my secondary school in a junior Read More

Ishimwe Samuel

Ishimwe Samuel

I am Ishimwe Samuel, 22 years old, a young motivated aspiring filmmaker, I finished my secondary studies in 2010 and started working as a reporter and Photographer at the most visited website in Rwanda (igihe.com), I entered the film career in October r 2011 by shooting my short film “Paying debts”(5min) which have been screened Read More

Frank Izere Mugarura

Frank Izere Mugarura

My name is Frank Izere Mugarura I am currently a 4th year student at Kigali Institute of science and technology and I do Media design. I am also now serving as president in a company made up by my colleagues and we do media and graphic design I am highly skilled in Media Design and Read More

Florence Onyango Ogallo

Florence Onyango Ogallo who currently lives in Kenya started writing scripts under the mentorship of Cajetan Boy seven years ago and she has had the wonderful opportunity of attending some amazing workshops as the Maisha Film Lab Script writing workshops and more recently the One Fine Day Workshop 2013 Scriptwriting department. At Maisha, she was Read More

Fabrice Nizeyimana

Fabrice Nizeyimana

My names are Fabrice NIZEYIMANA, I am 20 years old. I live in KIGALI, RWANDA with my mother and my elder sister. I am an upcoming filmmaker; I won a 2nd place in Rwanda Christian Film Festival 2nd edition in Scriptwriting last year. I attended the 2014 Maisha Screenwriting Lab In Rwanda

Ella Mutuyimana

Ella Mutuyimana

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rwanda, in 2011, Ella Mutuyimana pursued her twin passions of fashion and moviemaking with equal zeal. She joined the Fashion Design and Pattern Drafting program at ESMOD Beirut, Lebanon, where she was awarded Best Modelist at the Read More

Derek Lubangakene

Although Derek Lubangakene is the Operating Manager in a Supply and Distribution firm, his passion is writing. He is currently working on his second fantasy book. He also writes poetry, and has been published in The Proposal, an anthology Black Rainbow Poetry. His poetry has also been published in the Kalahari Review and his poem, Read More

Daniel Nyalusi

Introduction: Over 7 years’ experience in film-making including Documentary, Fiction, Drama feature film and Short films as Screenplay writer, Director and Production Manager, plus over 6 years’ experience in organizing International Film Festival. Knowledge Background: Attended Digital Film Academy (New York-USA) – Master Class in Filmmaking (24 Weeks Course). Attended Acting Master Class by Giancarlo Read More

Benko Habimana Pluvier

Benko Habimana Pluvier

My names are BENKO Habimana Pluvier. I live in Kigali, Rwanda. I was born on 21st July 1990 I have been writing screenplay since 2010, reading books about making film and scripts. I have a 2 complete feature screenplay, written in Kinyarwanda. I attend seminar online “script lab” and I have AWARDS & HONORS 2012: Read More

Anis Ndayisaba

Anis Ndaisaba

My name is Anis Ndayisaba; I was born on 23rd may, 1991 at Muhima, Kigali,Rwanda. I am trying to inter our local film industry, where last year I attended a workshop on screenwriting and I was the best and won the award. Most of my time is spent on working for the Rwandan Baha’I faith, Read More

Usama Osam Mukwaya

Usama Osam Mukwaya

Usama Osam Mukwaya is a Ugandan film director, screenwriter, actor and television host. He broke through his writing career with his short film Hello that won overall best film in the 2010 MNFPAC students’ awards. His film credits include Hello (2010), She Likes Prada (2011), Bala Bala Sese (2015) and his latest 2017 film, a Read More

Sophie Alal

Sophie Alal

I am the Founder Director at Deyu African, a non profit that solicits folk tales, literary works and disseminates articles that document culture and the arts in Uganda. This work has given me strong insight into challenges and opportunities that local film makers face in contributing to global culture. Film has always been an interest Read More

Kwezi Kaganda Ruhinda

Kwezi Kaganda Ruhinda

Kwezi Kaganda Ruhinda is an accomplished actor, writer, and director. He started his performing arts career with The Ebonies while still studying drama at Makerere University. He is renown for his lead role as “The Inspector 002” in The Ebonies dramas for which he won accolades. He later joined Namagagali where he taught English Language Read More

Daniel Ecwalu

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Daniel Ecwalu is the upcoming producer, director, production technician, cinematographer and photographer and is celebrating his success in script writing under Watoto Communications department. He is a quite, creative and motivational person whose messages are current, meaningful and inspiring. He is the CEO of Ecwalu Photography. He is the director of Gallery Concepts Limited a Read More

Barbara Oketta

Barbara Oketta

Barbara Oketta is a mother of three who leaves in Kampala, Uganda, East-Africa. She is an Educationist, writer, freelance editor and translator of English works to Kiswahili. She is also in the FEMRITE (Uganda women writers association) e-journal editing team. Currently volunteering as the Treasurer at FEMRITE, Barbara is an advocate for the youth and Read More