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.
May 22, 2014

From selling to making DVDs

Sammy, center, with Film School grads now trainers
Sammy, center, with Film School grads now trainers

Name: Sammy

Age: 22

How did you find out about Hot Sun Foundation's Film School?    

Before I came here, I had a little business with a friend. We used to sell DVDs in the streets. One day we decided that we wanted to sell our own films on DVD. It became our dream. So my friend started to look for schools. He walked around in the city, called people he knew. One of them used to be a trainee at Hot Sun Film School. This is how we got the connection.              

What do you like best about Hot Sun Film School?

I mostly like that everyone here is so committed to the subject. This pushes me and gives me the motivation I need. Furthermore, I love the readiness of the equpiment and that we have access to modern technology. It really enables us to learn as much as we can.

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation on Global Giving?

Hot Sun supports young filmmakers that don’t have the financial means to attend a private film academy. By supporting Hot Sun, people support the filmmaking youth. They feel wanted and supported. They are even more motivated to carry on with filmmaking. Furthermore, there is a huge growth of local themes. So we need more filmmakers to tell all these stories. This can be achieved with the help of Hot Sun.

 Thanks to all supporters who make Sammy's dream come true... making his own films instead of selling DVDs on the street.  It's only possible with your support! 

Sammy with other Hot Sun Film School trainees
Sammy with other Hot Sun Film School trainees

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Apr 4, 2014

Special Request: Support Youth to become Filmmakers

Hot Sun Foundation film trainees
Hot Sun Foundation film trainees

Dear Friends and Supporters

First of all thank you so much for your support for Hot Sun Foundation - making it possible to train youth from urban slums in Kenya to become filmmakers.

Our graduates have had great success in finding employment and contributing to the TV and media industry in Kenya.

We want to do much much more and train more upcoming young creatives.

We are currently interviewing young people for our next four month full time hands-on filmmaking training in Nairobi, Kenya which begins April 14.

We have discovered five very committed young people, (two young women and three young men), who want to learn filmmaking but have no source of funds.

We need your help to make their dreams come true.

Our fees are only one third of our actual costs. Filmmaking training is expensive. We constantly update our equipment and use industry professionals to teach our classes. Every trainee makes two short films during the four months training.

We are making this special request to ask if you can pay the fees of one or more filmmaking trainees for four months.

The fees, which pay for all supplies as well as equipment and instruction are USD 167 per month for four months for a total of USD 667.

If you can pay the total amount, either on a monthly basis or all at once, we will send you the information about the trainee, her or his progress as well as an online video of her/his short films.

If you contribute any amount between now and 10 April, all funds donated to our project will go to paying the fees of a trainee.

Please think about the change you can bring in one young person's life by ensuring they can join our filmmaking training course.

Any amount contributed by 10 April will help make it possible.

Thank you.

Pamela Collett

Trustee Hot Sun Foundation

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Feb 11, 2014

Talented Creatives - from Uganda to Nairobi

Matthew, Kibera Film School trainee from Uganda
Matthew, Kibera Film School trainee from Uganda

My name is Matthew

 I came all the way from my home in the town of Jinja, Uganda to learn filmmaking at Kibera Film School in Nairobi, Kenya.  Kibera Film School is unique in all of  East Africa, giving youth hands-on comprehensive filmmaking training.

 The reason why I joined Kibera Film School is because I want to be a good video editor and camera person…be the best Ugandan filmmaker.

 At Kibera Film School, I have met many focused talented souls. I have gotten the chance to interact with caring, talented creatives, who really love what they do. The trainers are willing to share what they know. The experience is fun and challenging.

Scriptwriting has been my major challenge. For my first video project having to come up with a two-minute final script that tells a story has been a challenge, but I am on the right track.

 How would I describe Kibera Film School in three words?     Encouraging,    Unique,    Fun.

Wed. 12 February is your chance to support young East African filmmakers like me. Filmmaking training is expensive. Every trainee at Kibera Film School is subsidized. Donate at www.goto.gg/3632

We cannot make it without your support.

Global Giving MATCHING DAY is Wed. 12 February beginning at 9 am EST (East Coast of the USA)

All donations will be matched. Any donation is most welcome.

Please donate EARLY as funds are limited.

THINK OF US and remember to donate on Wed. morning 12 February at www.goto.gg/3632

Thank you for all you do.  We are most grateful. 

Matthew, Saumu and Daudi, Kibera Film School
Matthew, Saumu and Daudi, Kibera Film School

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