Rwanda: Outstanding Female Film Makers

Outstanding female filmmakers were recently recognised at the second edition of Urusaro International Women Film Festival (IWFF) in Rwanda.

During the festival which was held at Umubano Hotel from 4th to 11th March, women filmmakers were equipped with skills to improve their craft through several workshops.

The goal was to encourage younger females to take interest in film production. For instance, students from FAWE Girls School and College Ami des Enfants were trained on filmmaking to show them available opportunities in the industry.

The closing ceremony of the festival was characterized by short film screenings and awarding outstanding performers.

Gracing the closing day red carpet events were renowned Rwandan filmmakers and players in the film industry such as actress Antoinette Uwamahoro of Seburikoko movie series, Munir Habiyakare of Zone Turquoise movie and Carine Mukandasumbwa, an investor in Rwanda and Uganda local cinema industry.

Poupoune Sesonga Kamikazi, the festival director, said there is hope that the festival will in future become more popular with more young females showing interest in the film industry.
She noted that the festival was buoyed by support from the government through Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture (RALC), the Ministry of Sports and Culture (MINISPOC) and other sponsors.

There were performances at the event from gospel music band Beauty for Ashes.

Award winners are:

Best Actor: Ahadi Beni
Best Actress: Antoinnette Uwamahoro
Best Short Film: Bugingo by ApollineUwimana
Most popular film: Isaha by Zaninka Joselyne
Best Director: Apolline Uwimana
Special mention: Apolline Uwimana