Rwanda’s film industry to benefit from cooperation with WBI

On 16 June 2021 at 11:37

Promoting film industry is part of measures to turn the cultural and creative industries among sectors contributing to Rwandans’ socio-economic transformation. It is against this background that Rwanda Development Board (RDB) seeks to reinforce Rwanda Film Office (RFO) to play a vital role in the development of local film industry.

Under this framework, a three-day training bringing together representatives from relevant institutions involved in the development of film industry was organized from 1st to 3rd June 2021 in Kigali through existing cooperation between RDB and Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI).

The training saw participants holding discussions around three areas of priority mainly: providing financial support and incentives, building film industry’s capacity and seeking avenues for production agreements between Rwanda and WBI.

Organized by Association des Trophées Francophones du Cinéma (ATFCiné) in collaboration with Rwanda Film Office and WBI, the workshop bringing together experts and different participants from Belgium, French and Senegal present virtually or physically aimed at defining priority course of actions leading to acquire support for the film industry to flourish.

The first day focused on production and training for film industry professionals. With the support of Belgian Producer, Aurélien Bodinaux and Rwanda film Director Joël Karekezi, participants got an insight into the conception, editing, and production of a film dubbed « La Miséricorde de la Jungle»

Participants also learned from the presentation by Dominique Standaert, the Director of Belgium based film school « La HELB ». Following discussions, it was observed that there is a need to offer training on script writing and design, as well as production management.

The second day covered topics revolving around financial support and needed incentives whereby participants requested the establishment of a funding mechanism to support Rwanda’s film industry.

The third and last day was dedicated to international co-production with reference to production agreement signed recently between Senegal and Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

Speakers attending the workshop virtually from Dakar, Senegal tipped participants on possible course of actions for similar agreements to materialize.

Producer Aurélien Bodinaux shared his experience and hinted on funding benefits and popularity of productions among others, once co-production agreements are entered into between Rwanda and WBI.

The workshop identified various courses of action, particularly, the establishment of a film office aimed at promoting Rwanda as a hub for film production on the continent.

A strategic planning workshop is planned in October 2021 to discuss long-term activities in the years to come that will be approved by a joint permanent committee between Rwanda and WBI from December 2021.

Participants of the training in a group photo.

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