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Our Programs

SCREENWRITING AND TECHNICAL LAB:

The 26 -day program focuses on the basics of screenwriting & production of four shorts. We have 12 writing participants who come to Maisha with a 7 – 10 page screenplay for a short film, 4 screenwriting mentors, who conduct workshops on the fundamentals of screenwriting as well as meet with the participants one-on-one to oversee the revision of their work, lead the workshop, on day 9 they pitch their stories and the best four are selected for production. The first half of the lab is focused on screenwriters ,once the best four are selected for production , the technical mentors and participants start preparing for production. They are trained in cinematography , directing , production , sound recording and editing as the acting mentor trains the actors. Once pre production is done , the film shoot for the four short films by participants in four teams starts. The end result is four finished short films at the end of the 26 day lab. These are premiered at the Maisha Annual Film Festival (MAFF) soon after.

SCREENWRITING LAB:

The 8-day program focuses on the basics of screenwriting. We have 15 writing participants who come to Maisha with a 7 – 10 page screenplay for a short film. 4 screenwriting mentors, who conduct workshops on the fundamentals of screenwriting as well as meet with the participants one-on-one to oversee the revision of their work, lead the workshop. The end result being screenplays that are in a finished form at the end of the eight days ready to be produced. The best script wins a $ 2,000 prize to produce their short film.

DOCUMENTARY LAB:

The Documentary Lab will focus on exploring non-fiction forms and developing technical production skills. Through screenings, discussions, one-on-one critique sessions and hands-on workshops, the course will introduce participants to both theoretical approaches and real-world applications in documentary making.

Each applicant to the workshop is expected to apply with a 200-word treatment for a documentary. The subject for the documentary is articulated as a “Short Documentary Portrait.” Portrait can be defined liberally and can include anything from an exploration of a person, a place or an event. All participants are accepted into the workshop based upon the merit and feasibility of their idea and treatment. The idea presented must be concise and practical to complete within the 16-day time period of the workshop.

Two treatments are selected for production as films in this workshop. At the end of day five of the workshop the participants will be set up into 2 teams. These teams will develop, produce, shoot and edit a 10 -15 minute documentary film. The teams of two are expected to take on fixed roles during production. The Two teams are divided into director, cinematographer, sound person and editor.

YOUTH AND FILM:

Youth & Film Uganda is one of three components of the Uganda Youth Cultures Project being implemented under the Uganda – Denmark Culture and Development Programme.

This component aims to empower the young generation through film education, to develop a film culture for young people, and to use film as a tool in the development process in Uganda. The main target group for this component is young people, age 13-19 years.

Youth & Film Uganda was launched during the inaugural one week visit of the Maisha team to Denmark in March 2011. Youth & Film Uganda rolled out its first activity in May 2011 component one The Youth Film Club in Kampala and Gulu districts respectively. The Program has since rolled out all the activities component by component as planned. The year 2011 saw a total of 1200 youth attending the monthly film screenings in Kampala and Gulu.

The program which was originally developed and designed in June 2010 by the Danish Film Institute (DFI) and the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (DCCD) in partnership with Maisha Foundation Ltd is currently running under five subcomponents, namely The Film Clubs for Youth, The Film Festivals, The Film Labs, The Master Class and the Dox Lab.