Hillywood “The cinema to the people”

For the past twelve years, the Rwanda Film Festival has brought beauty, laughter, entertainment and education to the remote hills of Rwanda with our traveling Hillywood program. Spending each day in a new location, the Hillywood portion of the festival brings together hundreds of filmgoers to enjoy the beauty of the seventh art.

The section mostly features local talents. 90 percent of all the films shown during our travelling cinema are made in Kinyarwanda, allowing us to reach Rwandans everywhere and ensuring that our message is clear. Each day of Hillywood is both artistically and morally rewarding. Most of those enjoying our outdoor screenings have never seen a film made in Kinyarwanda by local Rwandan filmmakers and actors before. The first time they experience cinema in their own language is always moving for them. The powerful audience reaction to Hillywood gives us many reasons to make sure that we are working hard to keep this wonderful tradition alive in every edition of our festival.

The sense of discovery is what makes of this section unique and also what cements it as one of the most important parts of the festival. This year, with the celebration of the 22 years of liberation and 22 years of a peaceful, hard-working society, we want to share more. We want to highlight how much has been accomplished on various level, from private to public sectors. With this in mind, we will bring corporate documentaries and short films to the community in addition to the the festival’s own programming.

We aim to reach 500 to 1000 people at each one of our locations. This edition is very dear to us, as we will be celebrating our 12th anniversary. Our planned locations, especially Butare, have been home to the Rwanda film festival since our very first years. In keeping with the theme of “Versatility” we will be going back to most of the places where we’ve been before to celebrate with the people who have made Hillywood a success. We hope you will join us and make of this year’s Hillywood the best one yet!