8th edition of Rwanda Film Festival ends on a high
The two week Rwanda Film Festival (RFF) that started with one week of Hillywood upcountry and a five day run of movie premiers in Kigali ended on Friday with a crown gala night that involved awarding certificates to graduates of the Civil Society and the biggest event being the Hillywood 2012 silverback awards.
Eric Kabera the founder and chairman of the RFF said the 8th edition was a huge success and had people all over Rwanda and beyond appreciate the movies.
“For the first time, Rwanda has been indicated as a destination for buyers to come and buy movies and we had Mnet come over to buy some local movies.
And for the festival, the movies are not just being screened but some are competing for the silverback award,” Kabera said.
He also thanked the sponsors and those that helped in making the event a success.
Movie goers hadn’t had enough yet before the final night clocked in and they flocked The Manor hotel where they screened U17 movie, Special Thief that left people’s ribs hurting and a trailer of the movie made by the graduates of the Civil Society.
The Rwanda U17 also came to root for their movie and share the night with film goers.
But it wasn’t long before the long awaited moment finally arrived-Hillywood 2012 silverback awards. With film makers having their hands crossed before Hugo Huysmans who was part of the Jury came to announce the 10 silverback winners in different categories.
Huymans told The Sunday Times, it was a hard task to choose from the 49 movies which ones to award the prizes.
“The Jury of 5 members finally managed and we are so impressed with the drastic improvement of film in Rwanda,” he said.
One of the winners, Sonia Uwimbabazi, who won the Hillywood award for her short film Beyond Sight which is also her first film had this to say:
“My short film was about a blind couple that struggles to live a normal life and today I am so excited to have this award, it is a big motivation to me,” she said.
The Rwanda film festival 2012
The event that brought most people’s eyes to the screen started on 14th July under the theme “My Voice My Identity” and had a screening of movies in the 4 provinces of Rwanda and the opening of Rwanda film festival in Kigali at Serena 21st with screening of an amazing film called The First Grader.
In Kigali it was at places like Ishyo and Goethe theatre in partnership with the Belgian embassy, Shuttle restaurant and Kwetu films that screened a number of films. Mr. Nobody, The first grader and The education of Ouma Obama attracted the largest crowd.
Different people came from all over the world to share this magnificent experience with Rwanda.
Peter Bennett from the Zanzibar Film Festival said he heard of the booming film industry in Rwanda and couldn’t miss the amazing festival.
“I have had a great time and I enjoyed the movie and the response of Rwandans to the screenings,” Bennett said.
Winners of the night:
Beyond the sight – Sonia Uwimbabazi
East African award
A small act – Jennier Arnold
Best Documentary film
Bons Baisers de la colonie – Nathalie Boegers
Best feature film
Mr. Nobody – Jaco Van Dormael
Best short film – special mention
Kivuto – Poupoune Sesonga
Best short film
Unfarewell – Ainhoa Menendez
Jaco Van Dormael
Justice for sale – Femke Van Veizen
Rwanda as seen around the world
Rwanda 17 Healing of a nation – Von Planta
Best audience award
The First Grader – Justin Chadwick
Out of Africa films on Africa
Sunday in Brazzaville – Ernic Back and Adria Mones
By Patrick Buchana, The New Times
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