The Swahiliwood Project was born out of our realization of the enormous potential for locally produced and distributed films to act as a platform for messaging around public health issues. To read more about the local film industry in Tanzania click here.
The Swahiliwood Project is very much a collaborative and mutually beneficial effort between Tanzanian Producers and MFDI-TZ. The Producers’ contribution to MFDI-TZ is access to their very successful film distribution networks for BCC/EE films. MFDI-TZ’s contribution to the Producers is production training.
The project will see popular Swahili filmmakers going through a series of workshops, walking them through the process of producing a film with a BCC/EE focus. Workshops will cover script development, preproduction, production, postproduction and marketing of films.
The workshop process will help the resulting BCC/EE films (which we are calling Swahiliwood Productions) stand out in the market due to higher production values. It will also encourage filmmakers to embark on their own BCC/EE projects.
The workshop series consists of the following workshops.