Women+Youth Film Apprenticeship
SKILLS TRAINING FOR ASPIRING FILMMAKERS
WYFA advocates for gender equality and empowerment, offering skills training and mentorship opportunities for women and girls who face abuse and youth from marginalized communities. We train aspiring women filmmakers and youth under 35, preparing them for employment in the creative industry, equipping them with digital and production skills for high quality film, to counter rising youth unemployment.
PROFESSIONAL ARTIST DEVELOPMENT
For artist growth, mental health support and skills development, we organize and manage film and theater workshops, for skills training and mentorships, led by teaching artists and industry professionals from across Uganda and the United States. Our work encourages cultural exchanges to break the boundaries of African culture. We thus promote positive reception for African storytelling to improve the Black Experience around the world.
African Play Readers
CELEBRATING AFRICAN PLAYWRIGHTS
The African Play Readers (APR) series creates a platform for the appreciation of African storytelling, reading works by living and fallen Playwrights, both celebrated and little known writers and engaging in dialogues about theater, led by African theater makers and managers on the continent and in the diaspora. The inaugural series in 2020, was produced by Sebamala Arts, supported by The African Theater Magazine and WAKA Talent Agency. Plays were read over zoom, reaching audiences across Africa, the United States and Europe.
Young African Writers Fellowship
RESHAPING OUR FUTURE THROUGH WORDS
YWF identifies young, aspiring and promising Playwrights and Screenwriters for a rigorous 12 weeks program offering training, mentorship and creative writing classes to develop new plays for the screen and the stage. Writers from each annual cohort receive a financial grant from Sebamala Arts Ltd and technical support from our network of industry professionals in East Africa and the United States, to develop and produce their very first film around themes of equality, advocacy and inclusion. Starts 2022.
All Black And Brown
PAN-AFRICANISM & ANTI RACISM PROGRAMS
ABAB develops multidisciplinary media arts productions about, for and by Immigrants of color and underrepresented BIPOC artists. The work targets underrepresented African, Asian and LatinX immigrants, while exploring intersectional challenges of race, gender, mental health and economic disparities. Through cross-cultural collaborations in Africa and the USA, we empower communities of color in the diaspora, to mirror racial equality, the Black Lives Matter Movement and break stereotypes about blackness globally.
POETRY, MUSIC, DANCE & PHOTOGRAPHY
The PoMDap™ Experience is an innovative and experimental multi-disciplinary performance arts program that produces and develops new interdisciplinary art forms, merging spoken word Poetry, Music, Dance therapy and art Photography. Its experimental theatrical nature and multimedia creativity engages audiences in immersive experiences, allowing artists engage directly with audiences in their creation process. This aligns with our thematic slogan, Redefining Artistry.
Major works include DALLIANCES which screened at the international AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020 Virtual) at the Global Youth Village and was produced by Missouri University Theater Department for their 2021 zoom edition of the Mizzou New Play Series. Other plays include Love Is Religion, and SWALLOW (Raped for Tape).
We are currently developing the Black Glove Anthology of Advocacy Films for Equality and Empowerment. Our 2021 production Key Card is soon to premiere and other works include 7_Hills (an entertainment drama series), The Mayanjas (a family drama) and Namusoke, a treatise on women's health rights.
WYFA Cohorts are tasked to to create their first short films based on the themes of equality, gender and women and youth empowerment, social justice and political reform. Works are curated into an anthology of social justice films and documentaries. Working in teams of up to 10, aspiring filmmakers are guided by professional industry players.