About the project

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from left to right: Martin Brandes, CIM Senior Advisor International Cooperation and RMP Coordinator at Kwetu Film Institute; Christine Nkulikyinka, Honorable Ambassador of Rwanda in Germany; Project Patron and Oscar winning movie director Volker Schloendorff; MP Johannes Selle, Member of the Federal Parliament of Germany

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from left to right: Jacques Rutabingwa, Technical Director Kwetu Film Institute; Peter Brueckner, Technical Support DW Akademie; Pamela Schobess, Project Manager DW Akademie; Christine Nkulikyinka, Honorable Ambassador of Rwanda in Germany; Angelika Stute, Project Manager EFB; Michael Tecklenburg, Head DW Akademie Team Africa

The Rwanda Media Project’s general target is to contribute to the development of Rwanda as a media hub within East and Central Africa. RMP intends to develop and empower the country’s developing media economy to make film and TV business an important future oriented economic sector in Rwanda. Therefor the RMP promotes the education and training of media professionals at Kwetu Film Institute.

RMP works closely together with the Rwandan Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
In 2013 the RDB founded the national Sector Skills Council for Entertainment, Media and Arts and is herewith focussing on the importance of development of tv, film and media in Rwanda.

The strategy of the RMP consists of two different pillars:
1) RMP offers a two years fulltime technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for the professional profile of “Media Designer”, which is based on German experience – with in-company-training combined with off-the-job training at Kwetu Film Institute. The TVET programme is a hands-on training in camera, sound and editing and qualifies alumni after graduating to work in different fields of media production.
2) RMP offers short-termed basic trainings and masterclasses in different fields of filmproduction. The particular wokshops will be adapted to the needs and requirements of the Rwandan film economy and can contain topics like production, directing, camera, sound and scriptwriting.

Besides these two different training programmes RMP will also train Rwandan film professionals who are already working as mentors to strengthen their training skills.

In addition RMP is offering consultancy and networking to build the national film and TV economy which includes support to set up and structure a national media think tank at Kwetu Film Institute for governmental and private organizations, institutions and investors in order to identify, collect and offer international knowledge and expertise in the most important fields of film and media. The think tank organises professional research as well as national and international conferences and workshops

The Rwanda Media Project is initiated by Germany’s Oscar winning film director, scriptwriter and producer Volker Schlöndorff. It is a partnership project between Kwetu Film Institute, DW Akademie and European Film Centre Babelsberg (EFB) and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Center for International Migration and Development (CIM).

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