CINEMA UNITES AFRICA

Under this title we recently successfully organized the MASHARIKI AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL`s second edition in Kigali, supported by the Ministry of culture and sports, sponsored by the Swiss Embassy, Institut Français, Goethe Institut, Mutzig, Impact Hub, Petrocom and many other small partners.

The second edition’s aim was to provide access to African cinema for an African audience, to create an exhibition and networking platform for the local film scene and to have a relevant impact on the local film industry with the performance of workshops. This gives a perspective on the impact of African cinema on its culture and but also on an important growing economic sector and potential job creator. The festival is also an important contribution to the development of Kigali`s culture scene. We are happy that we are already one of the City`s main cultural events.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Date: March 6, 2016-March 12,2016.

Venues: Grand Pension Plaza parking ground, Nyarugenge District (Business Center) and on the Rooftop of Impact Hub/The Office, Kiyovu Kigali City.

Guests of Honor: Hon. Minister of MYICT, Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT, Hon. Eduard BAMPORIKI (Member of the Parliament), International acclaimed Actor Pino Ibrahim Ahmed (Timbuktu) and Swiss film director Kantarama Gahigiri (Marraine du Festival).

Distinguished Guests: Director of Rwanda Academy of Language Dr. James Vuningoma, Rwanda film federation president NTIHABOSE Ismael, Embassy delegations from Switzerland, France, Germany and Belgium.

Jury: Gérard Le Chêne, Festival director Vues d`Afrique (Canada), Moses Serugo, Festival director and culture journalist from Uganda and Wangeci Murage the East African Film Network secretary from Kenya.

Films: The totality of 42 film including seven feature narratives, four documentaries from across the continent and 31 short films from the region. The Festival focuses on the films directed by African directors living in Africa or African Diaspora.

Award: Twelve Rwandan shorts competed for the Best Short Film (three prizes). The award helps to promote, network and professionalize the Rwandan film scene. It is important to give the scene it`s face for a broad audience.

Audience number: estimated number of audience is 3000 spectators.

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