Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
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


Fridah, film trainee
Fridah, film trainee

My name is Fridah 

I want to be an actor and a director in the future. My dream is to get one of my projects to be accepted in the major film festivals.

 Hot Sun Foundation did a commendable job with camera training. I would love more of such opportunities. This training was absolutely worth my time. The information was very relevant.

Working with such professional equipment like a Red camera and getting to know more about the Red camera seemed impossible for me, but Hot Sun Foundation made it possible.

 Thanks to Hot Sun Foundation, I was able to learn more about the film industry in Kenya and get to know that people in Kenya appreciate quality images.

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Many many thanks to our ongoing supporters!

Your donations make quality filmmaking training for young Kenyans like Fridah possible.

If you would like to make a donation before the end of 2016, please think of Hot Sun Foundation.

You can donate at

Fridah with RED camera
Fridah with RED camera
Sandra, Hot Sun Foundation trainee
Sandra, Hot Sun Foundation trainee

Greetings! My name is Sandra. I am 21 years old.

I have a passion for cinematography and film making. My passion is who I am, and this mindset has been crucial to my own personal happiness.

 Loving film making is one thing, but another thing is entirely living it. I am training in cinematography and production with Hot Sun Foundation.

 I am a special effects make up artist. I trained myself using you tube videos and online tutorials. I am specializing in it although it has been hard not having access to the make up itself. But am still trying my best and working with what I have.

 What do you hope to do in filmmaking?

 I want to be a film maker and have a production company here in Kenya. God willing I want to open a film training institute like Hot Sun Foundation where people with an interest in becoming film makers can train the best way possible.

I appreciate talent. I would like to sponsor young stars, (orphans) with art related talents and provide them with opportunities to explore them.

 Hot Sun Foundation gives me a platform to explore my dream. I also intend to use the same platform to create more opportunities for others.

Why is Hot Sun Foundation's work important?

Hot Sun Foundation helps and trains young filmmakers and gives them an opportunity to work with professionals and good equipment.

It is making a contribution to the society by supporting the creative development of films and providing opportunities for young filmmakers to have training and to network.

 Why should people donate to Hot Sun Foundation?

Hot Sun Foundation nurtures talents and trains interested young film makers to be professional film makers, which enables them to have various job opportunities and makes them able to earn a living, which changes their lives.


 Thanks to all our old and new supporters!

Your contributions make a difference for young filmmakers in East Africa.

 Donate at

Thank you

Sandra with RED camera
Sandra with RED camera


Rose, aspiring filmmaker
Rose, aspiring filmmaker


 I work with the Maasai Mbili artists collective in Kibera (a slum in Nairobi). We make art out of our lives.  Hot Sun Foundation introduced me to a creative way to make films.

Here at Maasai Mbili we do a lot of art and paintings. We learnt from a workshop with Hot Sun Foundation that we could make animations using our paintings.

I also learnt a lot about film festivals and categories which we could enter our films in.

I know so many professional filmmakers here in Kibera who trained in Hot Sun Foundation. Every filmmaker I know from Kibera learned at Hot Sun Foundation.

 Hot Sun Foundation offers the best opportunity for aspiring film makers in Nairobi  to train how to make films.

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GlobalGiving Bonus Day Wed. 15 June offers the best opportunity for you to support aspiring young filmmakers in East Africa.                                                                                            

 On Bonus Day, your donation will be matched!

 Mark the date on your calendar 15 June Wed.

 Plan to make your donation in the morning because funds are limited.

 Thanks for all you do!

Training at Maasai Mbili Art Center
Training at Maasai Mbili Art Center


Clinton, young filmmaker
Clinton, young filmmaker


 I’m passionate about film and I was interested in gaining knowledge at Hot Sun Foundation.

 I am curious about making short films since I haven’t heard much about it.

 What did you learn from the Hot Sun Foundation  training? 

 I was hoping I would learn more about the artistic side of short film making, which I did. I learned about the considerations that go into making a short film and the various platforms on which short films are screened. I also learned about short film festivals

Why is the work of Hot Sun Foundation important?

 Firstly, I commend you on what you are doing, it is a noble thing.

What Hot Sun Foundation does is important because it helps with the growth of youth in the film industry and the overall improvement of standards. You offer opportunities to disadvantaged youth.

 By having experts talk to aspiring film makers,  we are able to gain more insight on the art and are thus better placed to improve the quality of our output.

Thank you Hot Sun Foundation for helping young filmmakers! 


Thank you to all our supporters past and present!

You have made it possible to train 80 young filmmakers from low income communities in Nairobi. 

Please note that the very special GlobalGiving BONUS DAY is only one month away!  

On Wednesday 15 June GlobalGiving BONUS  DAY your donation will be matched!  

Details soon!  

Thanks again for all you do.



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Organization Information

Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
$50,558 raised of $70,000 goal
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