Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation Staff Favorite
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films
Max, Hot Sun Foundation intern, on the set
Max, Hot Sun Foundation intern, on the set

Hot Sun Foundation, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a unique organization that offers not only quality training in photography and filmmaking for youth who otherwise would not have access to such training, but provides follow up.

 Graduates and interns from the Hot Sun Foundation Film School develop their skills and gain more experience by working on short film projects. They recently worked on Mia’s Great Escape, a creative fashion film, using local talent.

 Here’s what interns and graduates had to say about working on Mia’s Great Escape and Hot Sun Foundation’s Film School.

 Max, intern

Mia's Great Escape was a great experience because I got to work with great minds. I learnt a lot during this shoot. I loved everything from the equipment used, the good communication between the director cinematographer and the production team. The project was fun, entertaining and a great learning hub for me.

 Hot Sun Films internship is important to me because when I was in school I used to learn and hear about equipment but I had no access. My training at Hot Sun made it possible for me to work with cameras. I am still learning. Every task I was assigned during my internship, even cleaning the lenses, has made me a better upcoming filmmaker.

Erastus , graduate

Mia’s Great Escape showcases talent and at the same time brings out the best in African youth, especially here in Kenya. Therefore this experience made me learn more and further embrace our rich African culture.

 Why is Hot Sun Foundation Film School training important?

Everyone that worked on this project brought their best into the film. By doing projects like this, the school is nurturing young talent

 Ronald, graduate

I loved the story idea of Mia’s Great Escape about fashion and the locations. It was a useful experience because it brought together different mediums of art and artists to work on a creative short film. It is important for upcoming young filmmakers because bringing creatives together is the current way of creating artistic films.

Thank you to all past, present and future contributors to Hot Sun Foundation.

 Your contribution of any amount helps to provide ongoing training to youth living in Nairobi, Kenya who otherwise would not have access to quality filmmaking training and equipment.

Ronald, Hot Sun Foundation grad, filming in Kibera
Ronald, Hot Sun Foundation grad, filming in Kibera

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Stephen, aka Ondivow, on camera during filming
Stephen, aka Ondivow, on camera during filming

Hot Sun Foundation has opened up a creative vent in the Nairobi slum of Kibera. Youth who learned filmmaking together at Hot Sun Foundation’s film school are now creating their own short films.

 Currently a group of Hot Sun Foundation graduates are working together on a short film focusing on Stephen, whose nickname is Ondivow, local slang for “on the go”. Ondivow is a filmmaker, photographer and is known throughout Kibera for his ability to put together unusual and spectacular outfits that he sources from local second hand markets.

 Ondivow has become a creative role model for many youth in Kibera. Born and raised in Kibera, using the training he received in photography and filmmaking from Hot Sun Foundation, he is determined to project a different image of the slum and inspire the youth to be creative.

 Ondivow is working on the short film with two other youths whose lives were changed by Hot Sun Foundation: Erasto and Ignatius.

 Here are some comments from Erasto.

 Hot Sun Foundation’s Kibera Film School gave me a good foundation in filmmaking. Here I learned all the skills that I apply in my film production career. It also opened up a platform from where I have been able to work with and for various agencies and organizations.

Working on the film with Ondivow has been a great experience. Being that we are both graduates of Hot Sun Foundation’s Kibera Film School makes me appreciate learning in an organization that produces such talented people in society.

 Ignatius, at the age of 12, was the lead actor in the short film Kibera Kid that was the forerunner of the foundation of the Kibera Film School by Hot Sun Foundation. Ignatius graduated from the University of Nairobi and is currently studying for his Masters degree in Environmental Policy at the University of Nairobi.

 Here’s what Ignatius has to say:

Through Hot Sun Foundation I was able to get the fundamentals of filmmaking. Working on Ondivow's shoot was an eye opener on what one can do with what they like doing most. Similarly it was a good refresher on what happens on the location and what to do pre and after shooting. On future plans I will be engaging in production of short films (documentaries) touching on the issues of climate change and food security.

Thanks to all the generous Hot Sun Foundation supporters that provide the opportunity for training in photography and filmmaking which changed the lives of Ondivow, Erasto and Ignatius as well as many other youth living in Kibera and other low income communities in Nairobi.

 

We appreciate your support!  

Film crew on location in Kibera
Film crew on location in Kibera
Gloria, Hot Sun Foundation trainee
Gloria, Hot Sun Foundation trainee

Gloria

Age 19

In high school, I auditioned and worked on a short film. I kind of liked the experience. Everyone wants to be happy and I thought, hey filmmaking is what I want to do because it makes me happy.

Having a dream is a good thing but living your dream is something else. I need to make African stories as they are by making many films. I also think of starting my own production company in the future.

I came to the Hot Sun Foundation workshop to meet other filmmakers and get new ideas. During the workshop I learned that every story is worth telling. As a filmmaker I need to be creative enough to make it worth listening to and watching. Short filmmaking is kind of tough but with dedication you can make it.

If your ambition is to succeed in the dynamic field of film, television or online media, you want to work with passionate and creative people at the forefront of the industry and Hot Sun Foundation is the right place for that.

Hot Sun Foundation is creating a nice opportunity for young filmmakers who are not yet there and are ambitious but lack training and resources. Everyone's support is needed to make it possible.

Thank you Hot Sun Foundation for the support you giving to young people. The society needs to appreciate every single talent out there that hasn't been recognized. I am glad that this is happening with your support.

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Michelle, young filmmaker in Nairobi
Michelle, young filmmaker in Nairobi

My name is Michelle. I live in Nairobi, Kenya and am 25 years old

I want to totally understand and learn how every aspect in creating a story works. That is from scriptwriting, directing, acting, editing, production and cinematography.

I want to further my knowledge of the craft and be super good at it, to have such diverse experience in each part of filmmaking that I am able to actively participate in spearheading Kenyan films to the global scene. Most importantly, I want to be able to tell our stories in the most authentic way.

Real recognizes real. I honestly thought that Hot Sun Foundation would be the ultimate best place to nature my passion for filmmaking and a golden opportunity. Indeed it is. Thank you.

At Hot Sun Foundation not only will young filmmakers be impacted with so much knowledge regarding the field but also they will be taught how to creatively push the boundaries as filmmakers and no better place to do it but at Hot Sun Foundation.

It is about time society accepts that art is a worthy career choice and just like any other ‘normal’ education facility, Hot Sun Foundation equally requires funds and support to operate. It is a pity to allow a great school that nurtures great talent, which will eventually bring honour to this country to be limited due to lack of funds.

Thank you for this golden opportunity. I pray to God that I will be able to make a mark in the filmmaking industry not only in Kenya but also globally for which I will always owe it to Hot Sun Foundation. Once again thank you and God bless.

Hot Sun Foundation filmmaking workshop in Nairobi
Hot Sun Foundation filmmaking workshop in Nairobi

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Ken, Hot Sun Foundation intern
Ken, Hot Sun Foundation intern

Name: Ken

Age: 24 years old

When did you become interested in film making?

I developed interest in film making as a student. The creation process was very fascinating to me. I used to admire people who carry around cameras.

Future Plans

I hope to collaborate with other passionate film makers across the African continent and create films that tell the African stories.

Activities that you have done with Hot Sun Foundation

All throughout my internship, I have been the camera assistant to our head cinematographer for all our video shoots.

How have you benefited from these activities

This experience has significantly contributed to my self esteem as a film maker and even as a student. I have learnt so much about film making over the past few months which has helped me see things in a different perspective. I’ve gotten to learn what works and what doesn’t in terms of planning shoots and production processes. I have also gained the confidence to start my own projects and approach other film makers to consider collaborations. 

Why should young filmmakers care about Hot Sun Foundation

At Hot Sun Foundation, young filmmakers get a hands-on experience. On the second week of my internship, I got the opportunity to work with a crew visiting from Belgium. I was tasked with helping them through the production process. The experience was really good because I also got the opportunity to learn from them. I got to learn new ways of shooting and doing things with the camera. Hot Sun Foundation highly focuses on giving their trainees and interns a good learning experience.

Why should people donate to Hot Sun Foundation?

Hot Sun Foundation nurtures fresh talents in the Kenyan film industry e.g. through their workshops, which they don’t charge. They are giving opportunities to people like me through training and internships which really exposes young minds to the industry and new ideas of filming. They create a very good platform for someone to start their career.

Ken with camera
Ken with camera

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