Maisha News Update January 2014

CinemArt – Felista’s Fable & Saving Mugisha


Tuesday, 21st January 2014, 7pm
Goethe Zentrum Kampala/ UGCS Garden
Free entry


Felistas Fable (UG, 2012, 90 min, Dilman Dila)

Felistas is cursed. She stinks. This forces her to separate from her family and live as a lonely outcast. One day, she kidnaps Dan, A cry-baby man can inherit the smell from her. This attracts the attention of Kate, a gold-digger who he has wooed for a long time, and that of a corrupt cop, Jomba, who frames him for murder in an extortion scheme. The two then pursue Felistas in a high-energy chase as she races against time to win back her husband’s love.

Supporting Film: Saving Mugisha (UG, 2012, 18min, Dilman Dila)

Mugisha wets his bed. His mother believes he is cursed. The matron thinks that only humiliation will cure him. The emotional trauma he suffers threatens his future, and his life. He gets help from the only person who understands him, his teacher, but is it enough to save him?

CinemArt is a cooperation of GZK/ UGCS and the Maisha Film Lab

Euro African Film Festival

1st Euro-African Kampala Film Festival


19th – 26th February

Theatre La Bonita


The Euro-African Kampala Film Festival is a joint venture between different European Embassies, their respective Cultural Institutes, the EU Delegation, Maisha Film Lab and Garage Films. It will show the cultural diversity and richness of Europe and Africa, and will give opportunity to discover young talents from Uganda and other African regions. The festival aims to create a platform for a dialogue about recent film productions with the citizens of Kampala.

During the week there will be several screenings at Theatre LaBonita, also offering special youth screenings.

Alumni News

Lupita Nyong’o


Maisha Alumni Lupita Nyong’o (Production Coordinator 2006) was nominated as Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars and won the Critics Choice Awards 2014. All this from her outstanding performance in ’12 Years a Slave”.

Lydia Dean Pilcher (Maisha Board Member, Producing Mentor 2007) was nominated for Best Documentary Film at the Golden Globes for ‘Cutie and the Boxer’

Congratulations Lupita and Lydia

The Lunchbox

Maisha Alumni, Ritesh Batra’s 2013 film, ‘The Lunchbox’, was critically acclaimed across various platforms in India and internationally. Ritesh Batra, a 2006 alumni from the Annual Screenwriting and Directing Lab, both wrote and directed this extremely successful film.

When first screened at the Cannes Film Festival, it was received with a standing ovation. The film was later awarded the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award. The film was released across India in September, 2013.

The film, set in Mumbai, revolves around a mistaken delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service) of Mumbai, which leads to a relationship between Saajan, a lonely widower close to retirement, and Ila, an unhappy housewife, as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox.

East Africa News

Rwanda Film Festival


Rwanda Film Festival 2014 is here and again we are looking at having a strong East African Presence, as such we are kindly asking you to invite your current and form students, filmmakers on your rather to join us and submit the project within the time frame open for submission.


All needed information on how one can make a submission can be found at the following web address:


In case you have any further question, the Facebook and Twitter pages are always the best places to find first hand information on what new, or what has changed from the festival’s administrative team.

Africa News

Apply for the 6th Regional Residency for African Women Writers


FEMRITE is calling for submissions for the 6th Residency for African Women Writers which will be co-hosted with the Swedish literary magazine Karavan, in October 2014.


The 10-Day Writing Residency will give selected writers the opportunity to work on their writing projects, interact with other writers, give and receive literary feedback from mentors and to give ideas for strengthening collaboration among women writers’ initiatives in Africa.


Who is eligible?

Any African woman writer who lives on the Continent and needs such space and able to write & express themselves in English.


How to Submit;
  1. Send part of a novel / short story collection that you would like to work on during the residency (4000 Words Approximately)
  2. Send one complete short story (Minimum 3000 words) for the 6th Regional Residency Publication.
  3. Brief bio (half page – name, country, writing related accomplishments/ interests)

Deadline for submissions is 15th March 2014

The residency will cover;
* Return Air tickets
* Accommodation and all meals for the period of the residency

Please Note:
Successful applicants will be notified by 30th May 2014.

For further inquiries and submissions, please email

Durban FilmMart – Apply Now

Online applications for the 5th Durban FilmMart are now open!
If you have potential applicants kindly forward the email below to African filmmakers who may be interested in submitting their project for this year’s market.

Entries close on 18th February 2014.

Project Entry