Local filmmakers need more training courses to boost Rwandan film industry | The new times


The Rwandan film industry continues to grow, however, enthusiasts of the field say related training in various sectors of the industry can be beneficial.

Emmanuel Nturanyenabo, the co-screenwriter of “I Bwiza”, a feature film, is an experienced filmmaker. He took various training courses in filmmaking and also became a coach and mentor for others. Speaking to The New Times, he said: “The masterclasses are at the highest level of training, but they provide excellent material for film production. It would be an important step for any filmmaker to get this training from experts. With these skills, I think the Rwandan film industry will also shine more in writing and technique.

Ariane Vanessa Irakoze who stars in ‘The Secrets Series’ says that as an actress who had a background in film, she has learned a lot and is aiming higher in acting.

“After attending a few workshops, I’m sure I’ll do even better. The more we train, the better we become, and that will ensure the best of the future of cinema. I’m an actress, but I haven’t studied acting, except for the platforms that train us,” she says.

She encourages other female actors not to be afraid to pursue such training opportunities as it will enable them to be the best they can be.

Angelika Stute, Managing Director of Rwanda Media Project, said, “After learning that Rwanda has so many talented filmmakers eager to learn more and get professional training, we decided to do this. We engage local and international mentors who train selected participants. They learned all the steps from writing a screenplay to its development, the plot and the production process as well as acting.

The pre-production lesson session ran for two months from September 2021 and was a success which led to further technical guidelines which started in mid-January this year, the basics being different camera angles , sounds and movie recording.

The aforementioned two-week program benefited film directors and producers, as well as actors and actresses. Stute says it’s such a shame to have such a program and not see enough women involved.

“Women, you are capable enough to bring about the perfect changes in the movie industry. For the next sessions, we want to see you on this program. Don’t underestimate yourselves,” she said.

Ibrahim Kwizera, the director of ‘City Maid’, a local TV series, tells this publication that he learned a lot from film training programs – even with a large crew – such as framing techniques and the use of materials. of the highest quality for all settings.

“I now make sure to deliver the best. I’m always keen to learn new things and so this was a breakthrough. Visual storytelling is taken to the next level. The best is yet to come, believe me,” says Kwizera.

Carine Munyana, screenwriter, director and production designer who does visual arts, shares that training helps them to be more successful. Participants learn that every thing and every change in a film matters and creates variations in the results.

If Rwandan filmmakers can get more training, it will bolster the growth of the local industry, also putting it in a better position for international platforms.

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