Rwandan Film

Rwanda Cinema Centre Brief

The Rwanda Cinema Centre (RCC) was founded by Eric Kabera in 2003. The Center's goal is to develop an alternative sector in the development of Rwanda’s economy .This is being undertaken by creating an environment fully equipped with audiovisual resources that include Human resource skills in the film industry.

These developments strive at building filmmaking as a new medium and a forum for students seeking to gain experience in filmmaking. Since these humble beginnings, the Rwanda Cinema Centre has grown in size and stature for almost 10 years to become one of the leading filmmaking centers in East and Central Africa and especially the Great lakes region. Currently, the Centre is the creative point for the youth, technical and administrative staff that currently benefit from the collaboration workshops and filmmaking initiatives.

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Rwanda Film Institute over View

The Rwanda Film Institute (RFI) is a stand alone unit of the Rwanda Cinema Centre founded by Eric Kabera. The RFI developments strive at building a filmmaking and new media ground. It aims at providing outlets for students seeking to gain experience in filmmaking.

Rwanda Film Institute is located in Gacuriro Estate 2020, # 18 Benjamina Avenue, Kinyinya- Sector, Gasabo – District in Kigali City. Rwanda Film Institute believes that, a school that works with the film industry understands the market and employability - and also takes your ambitions and your originality very seriously. This enables the students to reinvent film form rather than copy what already exists. RFI is staged to offer both Certificates and Diplomas and in future affiliated degrees.

Rwanda government with its limited resources has vowed to put emphasis in the human resource capacity building in all available opportunities to develop a knowledge based economy. With introduction of Rwanda Film Institute, many of the graduates will be self employed and even provide jobs hence boosting the Rwandan Economy.

It’s worth noting that, Rwanda Film Institute has been granted authorization under the ministry of Education to conduct classes as a vocational film school teaching Digital filmmaking, a document that was issued by the WDA (Work Force Development Agency).

Rwanda Film institute is planned to provide a diverse yet integrated film/learning environment to prepare students for careers as media consumers and practitioners.

Central to the institute is the commitment is to nurture imagination, spark creativity, and cultivate strategic thinking and artistic expression for an ever-expanding and diverse population.

To be among the leading training institution in filmmaking, art and graphic design in Rwanda and in the Great lakes region.

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Rwanda Film Festival:

Due to its history and its situation of a landlocked country, Rwanda needed to be exposed to world realities. This was the major reason that motivated the Rwanda Cinema Centre to organize the annual Rwanda Film Festival (RFF). It is dedicated in bringing a true cinema experience to the communities in the hills of Rwanda, the best of the local filmmakers and to create a film week in an event always remembered.

RFF chose to champion the domestic-made movies and the gifted hillywood filmmakers in an effort to strengthen and promote pride in our country's growing film industry. Today governments around the world and their partners have recognized the role of local film and institutions such as Rwanda Cinema Centre as potential tools for economic development.

It’s worth noting that the ministry of sports and culture is one the major partners of the Rwanda Film Festival.

RFF Objectives:

* To facilitate through film screenings, delivery of informative entertaining and educative content; to explore a wide spectrum of issues and raise awareness on local and global development agendas; community outreaches, socio-cultural, political and economic development.
* Expose the image of the country on the international scene by showing the Rwandan culture and realities.
* To encourage young Rwandans to express themselves through film and develop their interest in the art of film making.
* To take films in the hills of Rwanda, remote locations where the TV doesn’t reach yet and considering that very small percentage of the population can afford to own a TV set.

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