Los Angeles & Kigali, 31 October | The Rwanda Film Office and the organizers of MASHARIKI AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL and DISCOP Kigali Join forces to welcome young creators for a 3-day immersion program to be hosted from 29 November to 1 December at the Kigali Convention Center.
Offered in both English and French, the program will combine round-table discussions, showcases of projects and upcoming film and television content, special screenings, as well as access to industry leaders in search of new ideas and fresh talent.
In parallel to the event the Mashariki African Film Festival (MAFF) will run from 26 November to 2 December.
Like for the past edition, Mashariki will promote Genre Cinema and independent African Cinema. “In its 8th edition, MAFF has selected a great percentage of East African cinema – says Fabrizio Colombo (Artistic Director), Curator of the official selection so to underline the growing capacity and creativity in storytelling of this part of Africa”.
Genre cinema (such as thriller, Science fiction, horror, action, comedy, etc.) is appealing the audience and has the potential for commercial development for producers and creators. That’s why the importance of having the festival within DISCOP too.
The program will also include a series of highly focused workshops addressing challenging aspects of the creative, production, and distribution processes as well as the future of the creative economy in Rwanda and the rest of the continent.
“Our mandate as DISCOP is to help prepare new talent for a future in television and provide them with hands-on training opportunities,” says Patrick Zuchowicki Jucaud, Founder of DISCOP, who adds ‘We also want young creators to understand the reality of our industry through the voices of renown industry leaders.