Organizers said there will be a warm up including: screenings, photo exhibitions (La Face cachee de l’eau), a master class, and a fashion show.
“The festival will weave all different art forms into one, yielding an interlaced creative cultured festival as opposed to just one area,” Eric Kabera the founder of Rwanda Film Festival said in a statement.
Kabera is a Rwandan pioneer film producer. In 2001, his first movie was “100 Days,” Rwanda’s first-ever internationally acclaimed movie.
“I wasn’t after fame, I wasn’t after money. I was just after the theme and the drive to tell the Rwandan stories from within so that the world can care because film has got a powerful message to send across,” Kabera told CNN in July 2012.
“A couple friends of mine said ‘let’s just call this Hillywood because it is film in the hills of Rwanda,'” says Kabera.
He says, “We take movies to the countryside where people can actually see themselves on screen and have the ability to express themselves and see their past and future perspectives.”
According to founding principles, “the festival aims at bringing the world to Rwanda and Rwanda to the world. It seeks to promote and encourage awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of Cinema in Rwanda.”
English Film Director and Screenwriter Michael Radford (of The Postman, The Merchant of Venice movies) will hold a filmmaking master class.
The festival has partnered with SELMA Lighting Designer Christian Epps to handle lighting- a silent partner in every production.
During the festival, $5,000 of prize money will be won by the best script writer after the eight days at Maisha Screen-writing Lab.
According to a communique from organizers, a movie “Triangle-Going to America” by Theodros Teshome Kebede will screen at the opening of the festival in Kigali.
Source : PR Newswire , July 23rd, 2015