The KWETU CIM senior advisor international cooperation arrives from Germany
MARTIN BRANDES, our new German colleague has arrived in Rwanda. He landed at Kanombe airport on the evening of March, 12th. Martin will strengthen Kwetu’s international ties and the institute’s cooperation competences especially with a focus on Germany. Before coming to Rwanda, Martin lived in China for 11 years. Based in Beijing, he worked as an Integrated German CIM expert in the Position of Senior Advisor International Cooperation and Coproduction for the national Chinese TV system at the office of the Secretary General of the national China Documentary Film Commission. Now he will work at Kwetu Film Institute as senior advisor International Cooperation and as the Kigali based coordinator of the RWANDA MEDIA PROJECT (RMP) which is part of the official development cooperation between Rwanda and Germany. The RWANDA MEDIA PROJECT is initiated and established by Volker Schloendorff, the famous Oscar and Palm d´Or winning German movie director. Volker Schloendorff is a friend and supporter of the Kwetu Film Institute and its founder Eric Kabera for more than four years.
The German Federal Ministry of International Development Cooperation (BMZ) is funding the project with considerable financial, technical and professional support. German film and TV professors, filmmakers, directors, camera persons, sound engineers, editing and lightning professionals, film and TV marketing specialists and film economy professionals will come to Rwanda and will make the Kwetu Film Institute one of the centers of excellence for professional vocational training and education of young film and TV professionals in Central and East Africa.
The partnership between Kwetu Film Institute, the German BMZ, the GesellschaftfürTechnischenZusammenarbeit – GIZ, the European Film Board Babelsberg (EFB) and the Deutsche Welle Academy (DWA) in Berlin has been set up for a project time of 2 to 4 years. The key focus is to develop the KWETU Film School as one of the leading vocational institutions in East and Central Africa for film and TV education.