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Sep2

After two successful years, the third edition of the Slum Film Festival was inaugurated today at Nairobi, expanding its focus to slum stories from across the African continent. The third edition of the Festival will be celebrated in Nairobi on September 2 – 9 2013, in open grounds at both Kibera and Mathare (Nairobi’s biggest slums), as well as central cultural venues around the city.

Since its first edition, the SFF has been committed to foster the local film industry not only by showcasing and promoting the film production by slum-based young filmmakers, but also by stimulating its development with a series of free film training workshops for its youth. This is how the SFF Whorkshop Programme has always been one of the main parallel educational activities of the event and it has been aimed at promoting interest in filmmaking to young slum artists, while creating access to new media and enabling people in the slums use filmmaking and new media as tools of development and self-representation.

In this third edition, the SFF will focus its Workshop Programme at facilitating a wide range of training sessions for young filmmakers who have already some basic knowledge about this profession but are seeking more opportunities to specialize in the art and business of film production.

One week before the official beginning of the SFF screenings, from Monday 26th to Friday 30th August 2013, a group of 20 young film enthusiasts from Kibera and Mathare offered a free comprehensive training experience from script writing to marketing and distribution, as well as proposal writing and pitching.

The twenty selected young filmmakers from the Nairobi slums converged to train in locations provided by the SFF implementing organizations: Slum TV (in Mathare) and Hotsun Foundation (in Kibera). For each day and session a list of Kenyan and international experienced facilitators engaged with the SFF talents and shared work experience, film knowledge and business advises with them. This years SFF workshop aimed to provide participants a unique space to explore the growing opportunities and challenges that young slum filmmakers are facing in the local and world film industry.

Website: http://slumfilmfestival.net/

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