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Meet Our Six Scholarship Beneficiaries!

(1). IRUMVA Rebecca


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In Her Own Words;
It put me a lot of pride that producers of the sensational film Africa United, have awarded me with a three months scholarships in filmmaking. I was hesitant that I would not effectively compete my fellow applicants. Thanks God I finally got it! This marks the beginning of my journey to become a successful scriptwriter. I cannot exhaustively thank my sponsors for such a wonderful opportunity!

CAREER FIELD: Rebecca is looking forward to specialize in Scriptwriting!

(2). Jules SIBOMANA


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In His Own Words;

I have always wanted to be a successful film director. My directing debut has already been tested with a students film ‘Special Thieves’
I have learnt first hand the challenges that film directors goes through in an effort to bring forth a good film that has a potential to be appreciated beyond the bonders.

My greatest film director model ‘Stephen Spielberg’ once said that despite his huge success in filmmaking, he is still a student. This applies to me and everyday is a learning day. I believe this bursary will help bring out the storyteller in me. I am now looking forward to the classes! Lastly, I am very grateful to all those who were involved in making this happen.

CAREER FIELD: Jules is looking forward to specialize in Film Directing!

(4). Regis NZEYUWERA


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In His Own Words;
Born in 1982, I lost my parents at a tender age and couldn’t complete my studies, as I wished due to lack of financial means. However, that situation didn’t hold me back from thinking on something professional I could do to develop myself both intellectually and financially and also support others in need as much as I can. This is the utmost reason why I had plans to join the KWETU Film Institute.

Filmmaking is my favorite profession and I value it very much and hope it will help me to reach high and achieve my ambition.I am a big fan of the sensational film Africa Unitedbecause it was done professionally involving very young people that I can easily relate with.

In the near future am interested in making “Drama” movies.
Once again I really appreciate your offer of three months scholarship at KWETU Film Institute.

CAREER FIELD: Regis is looking forward to specialize in Cinematography!

(5). Claudine NDIMBIRA


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In Her Own Words

My love for films can be traced way back to my primary school days. I remember as a little girl, I would struggle prioritizing between catching a favorite cartoon and have my dinner! I believed the cartoon was more important. My mom developed a new calling that was geared in reminding me that films were after all fake. However, It is this close relationship between fake and real that has been propelling me in the industry. This bursary could not have come at a better time and is the catalyst that I badly needed to succeed.
Early last month, I was very proud when I was requested to have my voice and song incorporated in an animation film produced by the KWETU Film Institute. I am promising the Institute and my sponsor that I will make maximum use of my time at the school.
I am thankful for such a rare opportunity in Rwanda. I am now more than ever before quite sure that I will finally emerge one of the best sound designer in the region. Thanks!

CAREER FIELD: Claudine is looking forward to specialize in Sound Design!

(3). KAYITANA Isaac


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In His Own Words;
I represent the hand working Rwandan youths who believes in a job well done. I have a lot of untold stories that I hope to tell in the near future. Joining the KWETU Film Institute has always been my goal since the launching ceremony mid last year.
The scholarship marks a milestone towards realizing my future dream. Much as I hope to focus my energies in production department, I am also looking forward to learn what each and every department needs.

CAREER FIELD: Isaac is looking forward to specialize in Film Production!



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In His Own Words
I am 22 years old, current student at the KWETU Film Institute. First and foremost, I consider all films as my lifelong passion. Secondly, i consider films as the only one way I can use to transmit messages to a global audience!

I have a personal touch on comedies because they make me laugh even when I’m sad. The hollywood film director, James Cameron of the Avatar fame is one of my idols. He is genius at his own class and loves his job.

In the near future, i would like to make animation films. I was inspired after taking part at the just concluded animation workshop at KWETU Film Institute. The two weeks extensive workshop saw the successful production of five amazing short films in animation! Honestly, i am still cerebrating!
I am a great reader of Empire magazine, as it gives me breaking movie news, interviews of some famous actors, directors and producers. Lastly, I would like to salute my sponsors a wonderful opportunity to further my skills in filmmaking through this bursary. May God may bless you!

CAREER FIELD: Samuel is looking forward to specialize in Video Editing!

The management of KWETU Film Institute join the student fraternity to thank our scholarship sponsors; Skillset, a UK based organisation that provides training for people within filmmaking industry in the UK, Pathé Productions and the producers of the film – Africa United the sensational film that has become a household name in Rwanda. It tells an extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their ultimate dream – to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg. The film is a dramatic, heartfelt and enchanting story set to enthrall family audiences worldwide”
Without you, the awarding of this bursaries would not have been possible!


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Successful Scholarship Applicants Announced!

Africa United Poster

The management of KWETU Film Institute takes this opportunity to announce the successful scholarship applicants. The call for application advert was posted exactly three months ago and was immediately shared in different forums that host young artists in East Africa. It attracted a record sixty-seven applicants.
The six students will spend the next three months at the KWETU Film Institute located within Estate 2020 Gaculiro. In addition to the basic learning in general filmmaking, the students are also set to specialize in selected individual departments.
The scholarship was kindly sponsored by Skillset, a UK based organisation that provides training for people within filmmaking industry in the UK, Pathé Productions and the producers of the film – Africa United the sensational film that has become a household name in Rwanda. It tells an extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their ultimate dream – to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg. The film is a dramatic, heartfelt and enchanting story set to enthrall family audiences worldwide”
Below is the official list of beneficiaries and corresponding departments,

1. Rebecca IRUMVA – Script Writing

2. Jules SIBOMANA – Directing

3. Regis NZEYUWERA – Cinematography

4. Ndimbira SHENGE – Sound Design

5. Isaac KAYITANA – Production

6. Samuel NSENGIYUMVA – Editing

KWETU Film Institute wishes you good luck in your training at the institute. Congratulation!

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"Africa United" to screen at KWETU on Saturday 22nd September 2012

The Rwanda Film Festival invites you to the screening the Silver Back Award – winning films at the KWETU Residence Inn. It’s located within Estate 2020 Gaculiro Benjamina street opposite gate #18.

SATURDAY: 22th September 2012


The first grader by Debs Gardner-Paterson/Feature, 88’, Kenya


Africa United is a cheerful, good-natured road movie in which three Rwandan school kids take a wrong turning when heading to Kigali to audition for a warm-up act at the 2010 World Cup. They are an 11-year-old Aids orphan who lectures on condoms and safe sex to his peers, his younger sister who wants to be a doctor, and a middle-class soccer star. They end up in war-torn Congo, escape from an orphanage with a tough, traumatised fugitive child soldier and push on to South Africa for the opening match. On the way they’re joined by a resilient young prostitute, and the quintet bond on the hazardous journey. The middle-class lad throws his mobile into Lake Tanganyika to break away from his censorious mother; the child soldier casts his revolver into a river to signal his rejection of tribal violence.
This somewhat ramshackle affair is packed with action, is handsomely photographed, and has enough realism and danger to keep the lurking sentimentality at bay. It makes an interesting comparison with Alexander Mackendrick’s 1963 movie Sammy Going South, recently released on DVD, in which a 10-year-old British lad orphaned in the 1956 bombing during the Suez invasion makes his way to relatives in South Africa across a very different Dark Continent.
. Africa United
. Production year: 2010
. Country: UK
. Cert (UK): 12A
. Runtime: 88 mins
. Directors: Debs Gardner-Paterson
. Cast: Emmanuel Jal, Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Nsengiyumva, Sanyu Joanita Kintu, Sherrie Silver, Yves Dusenge

Main Feature starts at 7PM


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Call for Entries: Delhi Shorts International Film Festival-2012

Delhi Shorts International Film Festival-2012, Delhi

Festival Date: 07 Oct 2012 Regular Entry Deadline: 15 Sept 2012

To participate follow:

Entries open for Students & Professionals categories:

Submit your Short Films, Animations, Documentaries & Music Videos

Call for teams to participate in-

Filmmakers Premier League (FPL)

5ShiftsFilmProject- Make a short film in just 5 Shifts.

21DaysAnimationProject- Make an animation movie in just 21 days

For more information write us at

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Film Festival Division

Screening of the Silver Back Award Winning Films

The Rwanda Film Festival invites you to the screening the  Silver Back Award – winning films at the KWETU Residence Inn. It’s located within Estate 2020 Gaculiro Benjamina street opposite gate #18.

SATURDAY: 1st September 2012


The first grader by Justin Chadwick/Feature, 99’, Kenya


In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.  He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life.  He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.

Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on such an old man.

Full of vitality and humour, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior. Through Maruge’s journey, we are taken back to the shocking untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier where Maruge fought for the freedom of his country, eventually ending up in the extreme and harsh conditions of the British detention camps.

Main Feature starts at 7PM



WEDNESDAY: 5th September 2012


WEDNESDAY: 5th September 2012


Directed by Kieran Hanson, Shooting Freetown follows three people forging their way in film and music in the nation’s capital, facing the constant struggles with vision and resourcefulness. By incorporating collaborative video projects, their stories give a fresh image of post-war Freetown – presented to the world through their own lens.’

My final film was, ‘Shooting Freetown, a film which combines director’s observational and collaborative music/drama projects to explore the emerging creative arts industry in Sierra Leone.

He intends to continue in filmmaking and Visual Anthropology, as well as returning to Sierra Leone in the near future.

Main Feature is at 7PM


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September 2012 Intake

KWETU Film Institute (KFI) is a center of academic excellence for exploring new kinds of communication, cultural expression, and regional civic engagement, through cinematic education and training, including programs in film, television and mobile, as well as supporting programs in the performing arts. KFI provide East Africa with a holistic, sustainable and internationally recognized media training facility.

During the next five years, KFI expects to enroll approximately two thousand students who will be exposed to all the important aspects of cinematic media creation. With practitioner instructors, experts in various fields of media, KFI will offer professional, hands on media training programs founded upon on solid academic criterion.

The training is aimed at professionalizing the craft of filmmaking. This will be actualized by providing instructions to filmmaking students in various departments by professional filmmakers, as well as the realization of a quality short film as an on the job training that conveys filmmaking in practice.

KWETU Film Institute hands-on training enables the participants to learn how to make a film on their own and enhances their cinematographic and creative know-how.
We at KWETU look life a little differently than most people. We see moments captured through the lens of a camera and the glow of a spotlight. We watch people in moments of desire, love, pain, sorrow and hope…’

If you want to be part of our team, if you have the heart and determination to put yourself out there and expose your passion, we welcome you! Turn your passion for films into a career.

KWETU Film Institute invites applications to three-months training course in digital filmmaking.

The next intake course commences by on 17th September 2012 and will be taught by industry professionals.
We offer the following departments of study

Camera, Editing, Acting, Script writing, Sound, Light, Directing and production.
Express your unique talents and creativity at the
KWETU Film Institute!

Why train at the KWETU Film Institute?
Individual training with qualified mentors, both visiting and local
Quality hands on training with flexible timings
The school is accredited by Rwanda ministry of education.
It’s one of its kinds in east and Central Africa.
We offer scholarship opportunities to deserving needy students.

The trainee graduate with relevant government grade test certificates.
“Building your career is our goal”

How to apply,

Click here to download application form and send it to our email address indicated below
Registration Fees: 20.000Rwf (40$)
Tuition Fees: 300.000Rwf (500$)

NB: Applicant must have a strong interest in building a career in film industry.


KFI in collaboration with the Rwanda Cinema Centre invites applications to three months scholarship in digital filmmaking. Five successful candidates will be enrolled during our next intake scheduled for September, 2012.

How to Apply

Submit a complete application in English, including a script and a story line. The application is individual and we cannot accept team applications. The script should be professionally written, correct format. Use of celtx software is highly advised and should be approximately 15 minutes long.

Application deadline

All applications must reach us by 31st August, 2012 following which the successful candidates will be notified by 10th September, 2012. Please include your full time telephone contacts. Basic knowledge in TV and Video production will be an added advantage.

The training will be conducted in English and Ladies are highly encouraged to apply.
All application should be sent to Alternatively, you can drop your application to our offices, Estate 2020 Gaculiro, Benjamina Street Opposite #18

You may circulate this information to your fellow colleagues or friends interested in media industry that would benefit from this course.

NB: The selection is by merit and only deserving students will access the scholarships.

For more information call 0722306480, 0785217946

Click here to download the application form

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Kwetu Film Institute hosts animation workshop

Isabela Plucinska during the animation workshop with local film students.

For the third time, Kwetu Film Institute (KFI), in partnership with Goethe-Institut and the Ministry of Sports and Culture, has organised a two-week animation workshop for film making students to be held at the institute’s premises in Gacuriro.

The founder of KFI, Eric Kabera, says the main objective is to equip participants with a wide range of skills.

The workshop is being attended by 20 students with 15 students being sponsored by KFI and the rest by the Ministry of Sports and Culture.

The tutors are German duo of Isabela Plucinska and Yann Jouette. Last year’s workshop was facilitated by a Belgian animator.

Plucinska, who seemed excited to visit Africa for the first time, said: “There is going to be a lot to learn. Not only do we teach, but we also learn in the process. Animation film making involves a lot of ideas and it will be great to share them”.

Speaking to The New Times, Plucinska was optimistic that students would derive fun from making animations at the end of the workshop.

Yusufu Bizimungu, a choreography student at KFI, who is among the trainees, said that it means a lot to him to participate in the workshop.

“I have a lot of love for film making and I’ve always preferred to use animations,” said Bizimungu. “I have a lot of plans for my films in the future and with this training opportunity, I hope to learn a lot”.