March 20, 2014


 The Foundation in Filmmaking course developed out of years of filmmaking in East African communities. Our approach is unique among training institutes in Kenya. From the first week, trainees learn through hands-on projects all aspects of filmmaking, from scriptwriting, story boarding, production, directing, camera, sound, editing, marketing, distribution, film festivals, entrepreneurship, and social networking. 
Over 60% of our graduates are working in the Kenyan media industry. In a series of outdoor community screenings, we have shown our films to more than 30,000 people. 

Working with the Spanish Embassy in Nairobi, we are co- founders of the annual Slum Film Festival. At the 2011 Filamu International Student Film festival, Kenyatta University, Hot Sun Film School won all the major awards (11 in all).

 Trainees get a chance to use Red Epic

Evaluation is based on competency. Each trainee is evaluated on her/his skill on each type of equipment and software before proceeding to the next level. Industry professionals work as instructors assisted by past graduates of the Foundation in Filmmaking course.

Tuition and Fees are the least expensive for comprehensive filmmaking training in Kenya and represent one third of the actual cost of the training of the five months intensive full-time training. 

Registration (upon acceptance): Kshs 6,000/-. Monthly:Kshs 11,000/- Fees can be paid in installments.
Deadline: Next Application: April 2014.  Full time for four months. 

Applications available at

Foundation in Filmmaking: TOPICS
Introduction and Orientation 
Introduction to Visual Storytelling 
Social Networking: facebook, twitter, blogs, vimeo, youtube, other tools 
• Photography 
Photoshop: manipulate photos, basic design elements 
Storytelling: Story development, Research, Script writing 
Pre-Production: Planning and preparation 
Directing: Treatment and storyboard, how to direct actors 
Production: Production management, planning resources necessary to make film 
Cinematography: Stills, Flip cameras, DV camera & semipro camera 
Post-production: Data capture and management, Offline editing on Final Cut Pro 
Sound: Recording sound on shoot, music and sound design in post production 
Weekly film screenings with discussion and critique 
Life Skills and Entrepreneurship: film festivals, audience, marketing, distribution

Hot Sun Film School Trainees in a production class with Tedd Josiah

Foundation in Filmmaking PROJECTS The video projects for the twenty weeks Foundation in Filmmaking course are:
Project One: 2 minute, individual. Genre: personal experience, drama (My World), drama
Project Two: 2 minute team Genre: Documentary. Story on art, sports, young entrepreneurs.
  Trainees in practical class 

 Former graduate of Hot Sun Film School sets up RED CAMERA for time lapse shoot

 Past Graduation ©Hot Sun Foundation 2014

Hot Sun Foundation's Vision is social transformation through media and art.
Our Mission is to identify and develop youth talent to tell their stories on film.
Community participation is fundamental to our programmes and training.

To support the great youth of the Hot Sun Film School, please visit our Global Giving Page

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