Swahiliwood Introduction

Swahiliwood Introduction

MFDI Tanzania in collaboration with JHUCCP Tanzania, is embarking on an exciting and innovative project, engaging the vibrant and growing Tanzanian film industry to coproduce feature films that embrace Entertainment-Education. The production process will focus on capacity building of local Swahiliwood filmmakers, and their Entertainment-Education themes will reach wide audiences via Swahiliwood’s vast distribution network.

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.

View the Swahiliwood website: www.swahiliwood.com