Hot Sun Foundation

Vision of Hot Sun Foundation: Social transformation through art and media. Mission: Identify and develop youth talent in East African slums to tell their stories on film. Rapid urbanization in East Africa and lack of options leads to wasted talent and frustration among the youth. Training in filmmaking enhances their creative potential, creating role models and cultural leaders from within their communities.
Mar 16, 2015

From Nothingness to Possibilities

Ignatius, aka The Kibera Kid
Ignatius, aka The Kibera Kid

Ignatius, 21 years old, aka The Kibera Kid

                Editors note: Ignatius was chosen to be The Kibera Kid in the award winning short film,released in 2007.       Ignatius lives in Kibera, one of the largest slums in East Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya

Being in the short film The Kibera Kid changed my life to focus from just thinking about my problems in Kibera and how Kibera was bad to thinking about how I could become a great person in society.

This was because despite the fact that I was just a small boy from Kibera, I had featured in a film that received universal recognition. I started living in a world of believing in new possibilities for myself and my community.

Currently I am a student at the University of Nairobi finishing a degree in diplomacy and international studies. I am majoring in international relations and public international law. My big plans for the future are that after the degree course I want to source for opportunities to further my studies, to do a master sin public international law, foreign policy analysis or international security.

Hot Sun Foundation has proved to be an avenue where less privileged persons who would not have known how their future would look like can have the chance to start modelling the futures that they want. It has helped open my scope of seeing things around me.

Open up possibilities for more youth in East Africa.

Remember Hot Sun Foundation on Wed 18 March BONUS DAY.

Your donation will be matched 30%. Put it on your calendar.

Donate early in the day as funds are limited.

http://www.goto.gg/3632

Thank you!

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Dec 30, 2014

By the numbers: Summary of 2014

Josephine, a trainee at Hot Sun Foundation
Josephine, a trainee at Hot Sun Foundation

Greetings from Hot Sun Foundation!  

Below is a very different project update.  Our reports usually profile one of our trainees or interns. We encourage people to tell their own stories about what filmmaking training at Hot Sun Foundation has meant to them.

Numbers don't tell stories, people do.  But numbers might be of interest.  

So below is a summary of 2014 by the numbers.

Remember us in your year-end donations!  

Our major grant ends this year.  

Keeping our doors open to providing filmmaking to urban slum youth in East Africa depends on your support!

Thanks for all you do! 

Donate at http://www.goto.gg/3632

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                   Hot Sun Foundation: 2014 Annual Report

             SUMMARY by the numbers as of 28 December 2014

 Number youth trained
       Foundation in Filmmaking: 18
      Advanced Film Production Project
          Interviewed 60
          Semi finalists 16 (received 2 months hands-on training)
          Finalists: crew: 10 (received 2 months hands-on training and crew for 1          
           month filming on location in Nanyuki and other locations in Kenya)
 
Number working on Advanced Film Production Project
     Advanced Film Production Crew: 10
     Actors (excluding extras): 12
     Production heads, assistants: 8
     Logistics: 2
 
Number of Social Networking interns: 4
 
Number of graduates employed in Kenya media industry: 65
 
Number of short films produced : 12
Documentary co-produced with Influence Films: Destruction for Survival
 
Number of film festivals entered : 8
Number of film festival awards: 1 plus 1 finalist
 
Number of videos on vimeo : 25         https://vimeo.com/hotsunfoundation
Number of testimonials by former graduates on vimeo: 2    https://vimeo.com/user35354184
 
Number of workshops: 4
  1 video training for community groups,
  1 on organizing film festivals ,
  1 introduction to Red Epic camera,
  1 Two day workshop on documentary filmmaking
 
Number of partners: 6
Africalia (Belgium) Tropfest (Australia) Interfilm (Berlin) Carolina for Kibera, Creatives Garage, Influence Films
 
Number of community screenings in Nairobi: 4 in Kibera, 1 in Mathare
Estimated number that attended community screenings: 10,000
 
Number of special events: 3
 2 graduations (1 co-sponsored by Kenya Film Commission at National Theatre of Kenya
 1 event with Heinz Herrmans, Interfilm (Berlin) : Art of Short Film (at Creatives Garage)
 
Number of Focus on Film newsletters : 28
Number of subscribers to Focus on Film newsletter: 498
 
Number of followers on twitter: 2,992
 
Number of Facebook pages: 2    https://www.facebook.com/hotsunfilmschool
                                                    https://www.facebook.com/hotsunadvfilm2014
 
Number of Facebook “Likes”: 2,236
 
Number of Project Reports on Global Giving (http://www.goto.gg/3632) : 13
Number of donations on Global Giving: 65
Happy New Year and thanks again for thinking of us and supporting
filmmaking training to talented youth in East Africa! 
 
Kelvin, trainee at Hot Sun Foundation
Kelvin, trainee at Hot Sun Foundation

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Dec 29, 2014

My Best Decision

Erasto, camera for Advanced Film Project
Erasto, camera for Advanced Film Project

My name is Erasto. I graduated from Hot Sun Film School in 2011. I am currently a freelance filmmaker. I mostly get camera and editing jobs. I worked for USAID for 6 months as a photographer and videographer thanks to the practical training offered at Hot Sun Foundation.

One of the best decisions I have ever made was to join Hot Sun Foundation. The skills I acquired there have helped me become financially stable. My training at Hot Sun Foundation has expanded my horizons by enabling me to travel and to meet some very influential personalities.

I am back at Hot Sun Foundation now as a camera person on the Advanced Film Project. This is my first major film. The other films I have worked on were short films. This project is really going to test my stamina.

We are using advanced equipment that I am really excited about because knowing how to use a gimble and go pro camera elevates my skill set and sets me apart from the average camera person in Kenya.

I am privileged to be a part of the Hot Sun Foundation Advanced Film Project. The script is awesome and I do not think there has ever been a movie like this made in Kenya. This project is going beyond limitations in the Kenyan film industry.

Without support of global givers like all of you, I wouldn’t be here today. Your support made it possible for me.

But what about all the other youth, coming behind me, wanting the same opportunities? What about them? They will be left out with no filmmaking training opportunity without your support.

More support than ever is needed. Hot Sun Foundation’s major grant ends THIS YEAR…

So it’s over to you… to provide MORE filmmaking training opportunities for MORE youth like me!

Donate any amount at www.goto.gg/3632

Thanks!

Best wishes to you and your families in the holiday season.

Erasto and his grandma at graduation
Erasto and his grandma at graduation

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