Tropical Leaves
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BEGINNER - INTO THE FILM WORLD

Many untrained practitioners, with poor insights about the industry, form the base of the film community in Tanzania. Many motivated but unemployed youth have had little guidance and poor English skills that limit them from attending and absorbing currently organised workshops.

Film Lab Zanzibar will facilitate Labs for Early Talent Discovery for youth from Tanzania in Swahili or by using translators. The training shall aim to build basic skills in film production while scouting for potential future film talents and industry workers: curious and capable to tell stories, working hard and cooperating. 

Our research has identified a preference for training through team incubation – and for a hands-on approach. One reason for the low-level output and lack of professionalism is linked to limited experience in the field of team working and co-creation. There is a need for training of groups of practitioners, who can eventually form production teams and companies after the training. 

SEMI PROFESSIONAL - TEAM INCUBATION
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PROFESSIONAL - GLOBAL CONNECTION

East African filmmakers often describe their situation as being isolated from the global professional film industry. They rarely experience opportunities to receive professional mentorship and support in ways to navigate in the international environment.

Film Lab Zanzibar will implement Labs for professionals, where participants work closely with expert script consultants and producers, and through proficient interaction to fine-tune their scripts and enhance other filmic elements. 

Film and media literacy are key skills for the next generation growing up in the 21st Century, but the capacity of educators in East African schools is very limited. So too are the opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to train and build competences, if they live away from main cities in the region.

SPECIALISED - OUTREACH TO COMMUNITIES
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ONLINE

Training will be given in situ as well as Online. Experienced industry-experts from the region and beyond will work with and mentor aspiring filmmaker production teams. The focus will be on the power of all types of films, but especially documentary, to creatively discuss development issues around education, gender, climate change, the environment, human rights, water, democracy and cultural heritage.

Film Lab Zanzibar will start in 2020 with a pilot lab Online. Trainings will gradually increase, concomitant with funds raised, partnership agreements and securing a permanent space for the organisation.