14 March 2019
Ladima Foundation announces Women’s Film Festival Network Workshop in Uganda
Last month at the opening of the Africa Hub at the European Film Market of the Berlinale, the Ladima Foundation announced a new initiative for 2019, the formation of a network of women-focused and managed film and cultural festivals from across Africa.
This network already includes the Udada International Film Festival in Nairobi Kenya, the Urusaro International Women's Festival from Rwanda, and the Celebrating Womanhood Festival and Conference in Uganda, and most recently the EcranBenin Festival from Benin.
The aims of this initiative are multi-fold, by being part of a larger whole, that will stretch across countries and borders, each festival is more able to customise their programming, leverage potential funders, sponsors, and partners as well as provide women filmmakers with viable platforms to promote and exhibit their films. This global-thinking network will also strengthen the local impact that each festival will have within its own regional industry.
As members of the network, the Festival Directors and management teams will receive training through intensive residency workshops in two areas that have been identified as strategically essential; those being curatorship and programming and the business of running a film festival.
Additionally, the Ladima Foundation team and its partners will provide on-going mentorship and support for these festivals in these areas along with publicity and marketing as well as, outreach to potential partners and funders.
The first of these training sessions and workshops will be taking place on March 5th in Kampala Uganda at the Celebrating Womanhood Festival, part of the Native Voices International event. Edima Otuokon, co-founder of the Ladima Foundation will be running a workshop for female filmmakers invited to the festival on the power of film to empower and uplift women across Africa.
To find out more about the African Women Film Festival network and the Ladima Foundation visit: https://www.ladima.africa/ and to find out more about the Celebrating Womanhood Festival go to: www.Nativevoicesinternational.org or www.facebook.com/nativevoicesinternational