ABOUT 21 participants attended and benefited from a two-day Film Master Class workshop organized recently by Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) at Eco Sanaa Terrace in Dar es Salaam.
Speaking exclusively to the ‘Daily News on Saturday’ yesterday, CDEA Audio Visual Program Officer Angela Kilusungu said the aim of the workshop was to impart skills to the upcoming filmmakers in the city on how they can successfully do video production and online marketing of their films.
“It was a great opportunity for skills brushing and enlightening the emerging movie makers on how they can make good money through films,” Kilusungu said.
Adding, Kilusungu said they would love to see a cocreation of films between Tanzania and Uganda a thing she said could widen up the film market in both East African countries hence making more money among the movie makers as well as enabling easy distribution of the produced films.
Moreover, Kilusungu said the workshop was a result of Incubation for integration and Development in East Africa (IIDE) project with support from GIZ EAC whose main aim is to foster regional integration and social cooperation with EAC.
However, she pointed out that lack of creativity, produc tion budget, shortage of good script writers in the country and failure to utilize well the market opportunities in the region are some of the challenges which partly contributes to the dwindling of film industry in the nation a situation she said her organisation is keen to resolve.
A renowned film maker Matthew Chan-Piu from Uganda was the main facilitator at the workshop who strongly urged participants to focus on pre-production of films of which he claimed to be the base of a good sellable production.
Moreover, Chan-Piu taught the country’s forthcoming filmmakers on how to write better scripts by using celtx application.