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Ondivow, creative young filmmaker
Ondivow, creative young filmmaker

Profile: Creative Young Filmmaker: “Ondivow”

Where are you from? Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

How old are you? 24

What is your background in filmmaking? I attained a certificate in filmmaking at Kibera Film School

What did you do before the training at Hot Sun Foundation? What was your life like? I was a rude boy                       in the slum of Kibera and could not see someone pass with valuables without trying to rob them.

When did you first think of becoming a filmmaker?                                                                                                                           Once I stole a digital camera and was previewing stuff from it. Then I realised that the videos are interesting so I decided not to  sell the camera to the brokers but instead keep the camera to record lives in Kibera. Unfortunately someone stole the camera from where I used to keep it.

How has your life changed since your training at Hot Sun Foundation?                                                                               I can say it changed a lot because now ‘Mavado’ my rude boy name changed to ‘Ondivow’ and the society gained their trust in me again. Now they even want me to train their kids in the photography skills I learnt in the film school

What experiences have you had with Hot Sun Foundation?                                                                                            Hot Sun has built lots of filmmakers from the Kibera slum and also has opened doors to filmmakers around Kenya.

Why is Hot Sun Foundation important for upcoming filmmakers? Because it open doors for them to learn better filmmaking skills compared to the other foundations who are just after your money but don’t build you as a filmmaker.

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?                                                                                                      Because it is supporting people who are unable to afford filmmaking training, both basic and advanced.

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Give other slum youth in Nairobi the opportunity to learn filmmaking. 

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Ondivow, green cap, Film Crew meeting
Ondivow, green cap, Film Crew meeting

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Michael in a workshop at Hot Sun Foundation
Michael in a workshop at Hot Sun Foundation

Michael, age 25 

When did you first think of becoming a filmmaker?

A production crew come to my village to shoot some TV commercials. I liked the way they did their work. I started watching films and I love story telling.

How has your life changed since your training at Hot Sun Foundation?

It has made me change my way of life. I have a job and I am supporting myself. I have had the opportunity to travel to different places. I enjoy my work.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to advance my editing skills and become the best in my field of work.

What training have you had with Hot Sun Foundation?

I have had all hands-on training from script writing, camera and editing. Basically the training covered all aspects of filmmaking.

Why is Hot Sun Foundation important for upcoming filmmakers?

It is important because it helps the youth to sharpen their skills in filmmaking and provides affordable training. 

What has Hot Sun Foundation contributed to the development of young filmmakers?

Hands-on training has helped a lot of young people to develop filmmaking skills faster.

What is the biggest challenge that young filmmakers face in Kenya?

Lack of money and support from the government is the biggest challenge we have.

What can filmmakers themselves do about the challenges they face?

Work hard and trust each other in the industry.

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?

Because Hot Sun Foundation is the home of filmmaking in Kenya. It supports young filmmakers in sharpening their skills.

Hot Sun Foundation training is affordable and is right on point of making good filmmakers.

We need your support!

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Young filmmakers in Kenya like myself are counting on you!

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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.

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Ignatius pointing to Kibera, where he lives
Ignatius pointing to Kibera, where he lives

Ignatius, 21 years old, aka The Kibera Kid

                Editor's 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

I am now living in the world of believing all things are possibilities just because Hot Sun took me in my nothingness and put me in their film (The Kibera Kid)… an act that transformed my life wholly.

Today I can confidently say that the dreams I have today and the steps I have made Hot Sun has had a hand in them. I am grateful to the entire Hot Sun Foundation. I am what I am because of them.

People around the world should unite and help support Hot Sun Foundation in its aspirations to ensure social transformation through media and art. Many people today wouldn’t have become what they are it not for the impact Hot Sun has had in their lives.

I have witnessed people who used to just loiter in the slums of Kibera being transformed to great camera men and women and editors of TV stations in Kenya.

For me this is why primarily Hot Sun Foundation ought to be supported: to help give a future to those people who maybe have lost hope about the future and yet they have great talents that haven’t been tapped.

A better Kenya will and can be achieved with the existence of organisations such as Hot Sun Foundation.

I am witness to the great job they have done to many people in my locality.

REMINDER:

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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! 

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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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