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BFC Grants Awarded

Two new projects by Fabrice Bayubahe and Olivier Iturerere won the first-ever BFC student grants. The $250 cash / $250 service grant was made possible by BFC's 2010 artist-in-residence Clara Long, who also served as a jury member, along with Papy Jamaica and Christopher Redmond. The short films will be completed in early 2012.

Two in Trouville

For the second year in a row, the BFC has partnered with the Off-Courts short film festival in Trouville, France, to bring Burundian filmmakers to the festival. Rudy Kimvuidi and Natacha Songore attended and also participated in the Kino Kabaret.

Drawn to Burundi

The BFC has officially completed our first ever animation workshops! Italian-Canadian filmmaker Carito Ghioni taught two levels of introductory classes - one for youth aged 13-17, and another for filmmakers aged 18-30. The short films premiered on Saturday, September 24th and will be available online shortly. Stay tooned!

What's Up? Docs!

The 2010 edition of the BFC's Intro to Film training was a huge success, with 36 new graduates. Now we're offering our first specialized workshop focused on creating documentaries, to begin November 2010.

Please Welcome to the Stage...

We are pleased to annouce that for the next year, Clara Long will be the BFC's new Artist-in-Residence. Clara is a Harvard Law student with a Master's in Journalism from Stanford University. She will also be producing a feature documentary on human rights with the BFC.

Have Films, Will Travel

The BFC's newest films will be playing across Burundi in our first CinémaMobile national tour. The five city, thirteen commune circuit will not only feature free open-air evening events, but daily screenings at local schools. Don't miss it!

Africa's Best Welcomes the BFC

FESPACO, the biannual Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival in Burkina Faso (and the world’s largest African film festival) will be playing all five BFC films at this year’s 40th anniversary festival. For anyone interested in African cinema, FESPACO is a must-see. Learn more.

BFC Alumni

Many students from the first round of BFC training are pursuing exciting work in film and television. Coming soon, the BFC website will profile students who have found more opportunities to advance their careers with the help of our training. Stay tuned!

New Doc Premieres in Canada

The BFC is pleased to premiere a new film as part of Black History Month in Ottawa, Ontario. "Home Free" is a 22-minute documentary about Burundian refugees living in Tanzania who, after 36 years, are finally finding a place to call home. The film will be presented by the Canadian Film Institute on Sunday, February 22nd at 7:00p.m. Learn more.

Christmas in California

Peralta Television in Oakland, California, will be playing all five of the BFC short films on December 24, 2008 and January 3, 2009. The college television station broadcasts to campuses all over the region with a mandate to show work outside the norms of mainstream television. Learn more.

BFC Takes on Climate Change

The Burundi Film Center is working with Tiva.tv to produce a short video showing the effects of climate change on Burundian fisherman. Papy Jamaica Production Studios in Bujumbura is also a partner on the project. Learn more.

New Doc Screens for UN in Geneva

UNHCR will screen the BFC's most recent work Home Free (2009) in Geneva, Swizerland on December 11, 2008 at an international summit on refugees. The 22-minute documentary explores the three solutions now available to Burundian Refugees who have been living in Tanzania since 1972.

BFC to Shoot Documentary

In 1972, conflict within Burundi forced hundreds of thousands people to flee their homes to neighbouring Tanzania. Although Burundi has returned to relative stability in the last few years, 220,000 Burundian refugees still occupy what are called the Old Settlements in Tanzania. In the coming months, these people will look to voluntarily repatriate to their country of origin, integrate locally into Tanzania or find a new home altogether. Our documentary will offer a small picture into each of these situations to try and help the world understand one of the longest and most protracted refugee situations in the world.

Jessie Thomson, a senior analyst from The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, approached the BFC in March 2008 to collaborate on a proposal for the Global Youth Fellowship. Her application was successful, providing a means to purchase much needed equipment for the project. The Fellowship will also involve Thomson writing a best practices study of efforts underway to resolve the long-standing situation with the view of informing other situations.

BFC students and co-founder Raymond Kalisa will shoot the documentary starting October 13, 2008, with additional help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The goal is to present the research and documentary to at a major UNHCR meeting in Geneva in December 2008.

Most importantly, all equipment purchased for the project will remain in Burundi and be part of the BFC’s own sustainable presence in Bujumbura.

Winner of Emerging Filmmaker Award at TIFF

Congratulations to Linda Kamuntu, director of the BFC short film "Nothing's the Same", for winning the Fidel Goetz Emerging Filmmaker Award at The Inigo Film Festival (TIFF) in Sydney, Australia! The festival runs during World Youth Day - an event that will bring more people to Australia than the 2000 Olympics. Learn more.

BFC Film Get TV Debut In U.S.A.

Residents of Tampa, Florida will get to watch all five BFC films, plus two of the mini-documentaries, this September on The Education Channel – a private non-profit organization. The films will also play as part of the Independents’ Film Festival in Tampa – learn more.

BFC Films Inspire Award

The Bayou City Inspriational Film Festival in Houston, Texas (USA), has awarded all five of the BFC short films with the 'Best Student Film Series'. A big thank you to the BCIFF jury and the everyone at the festival who came out to see the films. Read about it here.

Culture Swap in Ireland

The Burundi Film Center is pleased to support the Eglinton Cinema Club in Galway City, Ireland. Refugees from over 20 countries share culture through film while staying at the hotel and awaiting Irish citizenship. Burundi is now represented by all five of the BFC short films. Learn more.

Thank You BFC Supporters!

The BFC gave a leather-bound “BFC Project in Pictures” coffee table book to everyone who donated at least $75 before February 14th, 2008. Your support has allowed us to submit the first five films to festivals around the world and develop our new website. Anyone can become a supporter or send us your email address to join our mailing list.