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Partners

Maisha is currently one of the only not-for-profit organizations in East Africa that provides training in film in the East African region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda). Maisha partners with many local and international organizations in order to best address the needs of our participants.

  • The Criterion Collection, 2006 – 2009
    The Criterion Collection has generously donated films to Maisha’s film library.
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, 2006 – 2009
  • Moonstone International Screen Labs, 2006 – 2007
  • Naomba.com, 2006
  • The Rwanda Cinema Centre, 2006, 2014
    Maisha partnered with the Rwanda Cinema Centre for the Rwanda Screen Writing Lab funded by EU, ACP+ ACP, and the European Development Bank.
  • Ghetto Film School, 2008
    Maisha produced a short film called Live, Joseph in Kampala for the New York City based non-profit. Maisha alums guided the 15 High School students from the Bronx, New York City as they embarked on their first filmmaking experience.
  • The Kenya International Film Festival, 2008 – 2010
    Maisha holds the annual Kenya screenwriter’s lab with during KIFF, so that our participants are immersed in the local filmmaking community. Additionally, Maisha’s mentors hold an open master class during the festival.
  • Mahindra & Mahindra, 2008 – Present
  • Mirabai Films, 2008- Present
  • Pangea Day, 2008
    Maisha participated in the inaugural Pangea Day simulcast, which was seen by millions of people all over the world. Maisha students made 2-minute short films on mobile phones donated by Nokia.
  • The Zanzibar International Film Festival, 2008 – 2010, 2014
    Maisha holds the annual Zanzibar screenwriter’s lab with during ZIFF, so that our participants are immersed in the local filmmaking community. Additionally, Maisha’s mentors hold an open master class during the festival.
  • Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, 2009
    Emirati students participated in the 2009 Maisha Filmmakers‘ lab as part of a cultural exchange program with the ADACH.
  • The Amakula Kampala International Film Festival, 2009 – 2010
    Maisha Film Lab hosts a Master class and a youth program during annual Amakula Film festival at the National Theater in Kampala.
  • House of Eden, 2009- Present
  • Rwanda International Film Festival, 2009- 2014
    Maisha holds the annual Rwanda screenwriter’s lab with during RIFF, so that our participants are immersed in the local filmmaking community. Additionally, Maisha’s mentors hold an open master class during the festival.
  • Doha Tribeca Film Festival, 2010-2014Maisha and the Doha Film Festival have a cultural exchange between the two organizations to the benefit of their participants and alumni. Students from Doha attend Maisha labs in East Africa, and Maisha held our first Screenwriter’s Lab in Doha in 2011 and we returned in 2013 for a documentary lab where 4 short films were produced.
  • Columbia University Film Festival, 2010
  • Columbia University School of Arts, 2010
    The Feature Film Screenplay Mentorship Program links MFA screenwriting students at Columbia with intermediate and advanced screenwriters in east Africa.
  • Bayimba International Festival of the Arts, 2011- Present
    Maisha Film Lab hosts screenings of local films during annual Bayimba Music Festival in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Danish Film Institute, 2011 – Present
    One of Maisha’s partners for the Youth and Film Program.
  • Station Next.DK- Ga Til Film, 2011 – 2013
    One of Maisha’s partners for the Youth and Film Program.
  • Goethe Zentrum / UGCS – Kampala, 2012- Present
    Maisha Film Lab has partnered with Goethe Zentrum/UGCS for CinemArt, which holds monthly film screenings.
  • Goethe Institut – Kigali, 2013
    Maisha Film Lab’s partner for the Screen Writing and Technical Lab.
  • Film Africa Documentary Film Festival, 2014
    Maisha Film Lab’s partner for the Kenya Screenwriting Lab.
  • 32º East, 2014
    Maisha Film Lab has teamed up with 32 º East for KLA ART 2014, Kampala’s biennial contemporary art festival that showcases contemporary artists from Uganda.