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IIP-Maisha Foundation Limited
Kampala, Uganda (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Program Type: Internship
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Maisha Foundation Limited

Organization Overview

In 2004, Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair (Queen Of Katwe, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!) launched the Maisha Foundation in order to address the lack of a globally viable film and media industry in East Africa. The Maisha Foundation's mission is to EMPOWER people of the African continent by giving them the tools to tell their stories through the moving lens. ENRICH world cinema by bringing new and yet-unheard voices into the global discourse and ESTABLISH the roots of a self-sustaining media industry in East Africa. Today, Maisha Film Lab is the most renowned, longest-running film-training program in East Africa. Many of the alumni have gone on to make feature films, and hundreds more are fully employed within the international film industry, from New York to Berlin and extensively on the African continent.

As an organization, Maisha is transitioning from a fifteen-year period of existence and looking into what the next decade holds for the organization and for the African film industry. As a trailblazer for advancement on the continent and having had phenomenal success in East Africa, Maisha is strongly forging forward and opening their doors to all of Africa because of the belief that it is only by nurturing each other and collaborating with filmmakers and other like-minded film institutions that they can make a fundamental impact. 

Maisha Foundation has a proven track record of excellence and distinction that has consistently given a voice to filmmakers and youth in Africa. Traditionally, Maisha has conducted training in the organization's four target countries (Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania) and forged long-standing partnerships in all 4 countries. IIP interns interested in communication, fundraising, filmmaking and other area(s) communication are encouraged to apply. 

Intern Responsibilities:

1. Survey and Research Intern
  • Conduct survey and research on the film industry needs 
  • Conduct research to identify new funding partnership opportunities for Maisha's programming 2021 and beyond 3. 
  • Review current library and audit it then find sources of new films e.g proposals to Criterion and various foundations and /or institutions that can donate books, scripts and films
  • Assist with proposals to filming equipment houses for donations on cameras, sound gear, lighting gear and editing suites.

2. Communications Intern
  • Upgrade and update the current website, social media to be in line with the new vision
  • Curate programs at Maisha Garden for the community. Maisha is currently in conversation with a potential long-term partner discussing the setting up of the Maisha Film Academy, which will be open to the continent.
  • Curate Maisha’s films made by students for the last fifteen years
  • Upgrade on Maisha’s 1,000+ alumni on the website, finding out what they are up to and updating the existing database with current information
  • Newsletters featuring current alumni news across social media as well as opportunities relevant to African filmmakers

  • Ability to write proposals
  • Ability to conduct a survey and extract a report based on survey
  • Ability to research and present research findings with recommendations
  • Ability to assist with other administrative responsibilities
  • Flexibility and cultural awareness of working and serving East African community members.

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