Outstanding filmmakers who participated at the recently concluded second annual edition of Mashariki African Film Festival (MAFF) were awarded. The festival, which started on March 5, concluded on Saturday at the Grand Pension Plaza’s Roof Top.
The closing ceremony saw three outstanding filmmakers with short films awarded with cash prizes and 60 students who completed the week-long pre-production, acting and post-production classes, awarded with certificates.
Pluvier Benko emerged winner with his film A ride in a Coffin, walking away with Rwf100,000; Clementine Dusabejambo (Behind the World) emerged second winning Rwf70,000, while Olaf Hamelek (Agasanduku) emerged third and was awarded with 50,000.
“We had a lot of students and they worked really hard throughout the workshop. This is the future, it’s the next generation. It’s therefore their time to shine. We however have high hopes for the next edition and the upcoming films,” said Kantarama Gahigiri, the head of the producing and directing class at Goethe Institute.
This year, more films from Africa were screened and workshops for local film makers, conducted by some of the few film experts were hosted this year.
– Julius Bizimungu
Source: The New Times