The Rwanda Film Festival is also known as Hillywood in Rwanda.

One of the main mission of the film festival it has been to take movies in the countryside and to show cinema in remote areas where there is less access to entertainment and education through the medium of Cinema.

Hillywood, seeks to promote local and global awareness, appreciation and understanding of the growing film industry in Rwanda and in East Africa.

The Festival is organized every year by the Rwanda Cinema Centre in collaboration with the Kwetu Film Institute, the leading film school in the country.

The Rwanda film festival is here to present world class cinema experience with films from across the African continent and the African diaspora communities around the world. These are always complimented by an international selection of films that explore the heritage of different nations across the globe.

15th RFF

This year it is a special year for RFF since it has 15 years of existence.  From this edition, the Rwanda Film Festival celebrates African films (from the continent and the Diaspora) and a selection from international (PANORAMA) highlighting the best in African filmmaking and potential newcomers in the industry and arts of cinema.

Rwanda FILM FESTIVAL wants to be an experience of cinema from Africa that is vibrant, dynamic and with a modern perspective in Cinema and Digital entertainment today.

At the same time, RFF wants to start a reflection and dare to elaborate on a journey to define an authentic and truly African Cinema.

Finally, RFF will also try to open ways for a market for the region giving to filmmakers and producers an opportunity to share, promote and make the industry of film, TV and digital entertaining to grow.


The competition will try to break from the usual and classical style of festival. Therefore, RFF will award and highlight the genres in African cinema.

RFF wants to underline the importance of moving out from a stereotyped and pre-conception of common African imagination by western culture and Hollywood particularly. Too often Africa in Cinema is related to problems, Afro-pessimism and more …

The “Cinema de Genre” often expresses the right and will to tell any kind of story in a free and entertaining way. Becoming also an important drive for distribution, economic income for filmmakers and so growth for the African film industry.

RFF will award films and productions such as:

  • Best Comedy
  • Best Thriller and Action
  • Best Fantasy – Horror and Science Fiction 
  • Best Drama
  • Best Reality (Documentary, Docu-fiction),
  • Best Experimental and Innovation Film
  • Best Children Film
  • and more

RFF will include also NEW TECHNOLOGIES and TV production
(Web series, Virtual Reality, 3D, Reality Shows and more)