Stuttgart, July 17, 2018 - Last week, the foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg announced new collaborations for East African filmmakers at the film market DISCOP, which was held in Stone Town parallel to the long-established film Zanzibar International Film Festival. The initiatives include a series of twenty workshops for filmmakers from East Africa from 2018 till 2020.

Also part of this cooperation are the East African Documentary Film Fund DOCUBOX (Nairobi), production companies Ginger Ink Productions (Nairobi) and One Fine Day Films (Berlin/Nairobi), film distribution company Rushlake Media (Cologne), and STEPS (NGO promoting documentaries, Cape Town).

The 5 to 10-day workshops target young professionals in the field of the film and media industry in the countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia. The program will focus on the improvement of skills in the departments of Directing, Producing, Distribution, Sound Recording and Design, Production Design, Cinematography, Acting, and Postproduction Workflow.

The call for applications for the first out of twenty workshops, which is to be held in Nairobi by the end of the year, will open in October 2018. The workshop will focus on "choosing the right department in the field of film and media industry". Interested persons can pre-register via e-mail for more information at: eastafrica@filmakademie.de

The Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg also announced a scholarship for Mr Inadelso Cossa from Mozambique, one of the participants of the Documentary Competition at Zanzibar International Film Festival. The scholarship will enable him to study as a member of the International Class (ICLA) at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in the fall of 2018. The director of the documentary MEMORY IN THREE ACTS will travel to Ludwigsburg, Germany on the 1st of October 2018 and finish the program on the 28th of February 2019.

ICLA is an English language curriculum at the renowned German film school Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg. It consists of up to 12 international guests from film schools from all parts of the world. The general atmosphere is open and discourse-oriented. Therefore, applicants should be ready to join the class with an open mind, to engage in discussions and to deal with unfamiliar opinions and points of view. This is even more important than their knowledge in their respective fields of film and media.

As an interdisciplinary class, ICLA touches on various fields of filmmaking, thereby using diverse approaches. One of the key aspects of ICLA is to develop a network of international students, facilitating projects between students from different film schools. The Filmakademie encourages all participants to take the opportunity and use ICLA as a hub for the development of their projects, well beyond the duration of the term.

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