The principal objective of the Rwanda Film Festival is to promote and encourage awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema in Rwanda. Our mandate is to present the most outstanding films produced in every part of the world. Films are selected on the basis of quality and originality. The Festival also promotes contacts between industry professionals to assist in the development of the Rwandan motion picture industry.
Rwanda Film Festival also known us Hillywood has established itself as the country's most important cultural event, but also one of Africa's most prestigious festival. For 7 days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new talent both local and international.
Facts about Rwanda Film Festival
. Since 2005 the festival has become a gathering of international cinema
. 2009 Introduction of the Silver Backs award panel
. 2011 the academy of motions conducted master class in collaboration with the Festival
. 2011 Saw a record of more than 30,000 participants in both Kigali and other part of the country
. 2012 Africa United, an oscar nominated feature premiered at Rwanda Film Festival
. 2012 An Important workshop on animation by renowned mentors from Germany and France is organized by the festival in
collaboration with Goethe Institute Kigali
. 2012 the festival saw an increase participation of local filmmakers
In what has quickly become a tradition, the annual Rwanda Film Festival will now take place July 20 to 26. Filmgoers, filmmakers, and film students will all share the excitement, as outstanding Rwandan films and independent films from all over the world are screened in casual, cinematic settings.
This year’s festival marks a new era for filmmaking in Rwanda. Now celebrating its 9th year, the RFF will announce break through programs, films and partnerships, which will help elevate Rwanda as a destination and source for filmmaking, tourism and new businesses associated with the industry. With a distinct new voice, attention is being paid to filmmaking in Rwanda, and Africa. Indeed, there will be a greater presence of notable members from the African film and entertainment industry.
The program starts off with Hillywood screenings, which showcases movies by gifted Rwandan filmmakers in an effort to strengthen and promote our country's growing film industry. Great African films are added for the Kigali screenings. Apart from providing a colourful event of film screenings, The Rwanda Film Festival will be a great occasion for filmmakers to interact with international guests and a wide range of special events such as: the Premier Opening Night, Women Panorama, Children Panorama, Youth Red Carpet, a Genocide Memorial Program, Filmmaker Award Ceremony as well as the Closing Night.
The 7-day run festival is proudly presented to our community by the Rwanda Cinema Centre in collaboration with Kwetu Film Institute, the Ministry of Sports and Culture, is projected to draw hundreds of visitors and artists from around the world. Along with our partners, we promote, and help coordinate, visits by independent film enthusiasts, film industry and business leaders who come to see the wonders of Rwanda.
Fiction, documentaries and animation (both shorts and features) are the festival main genres. The 2013 edition will include, but will not be limited to, the following programs:
- Hillywood (An Eye on Rwandan cinema)
- What's new (a discovery of feature length fictions and documentaries from local and international filmmakers)
- RFF Shorts
- Generation (A program made for children and young people)
- Panorama & Forum (Our most daring section)
- RFF Extension Genocide Memorial