Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
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!


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.

Thank you!


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.


Wednesday 18 March is BONUS DAY at Global Giving, beginning at 9 am Eastern Daylight Time in the USA.

Your donation will be matched 30%.

Donate early in the day as funds are limited.

Thank you!


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
Number of testimonials by former graduates on vimeo: 2
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
Number of Facebook “Likes”: 2,236
Number of Project Reports on Global Giving ( : 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


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


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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Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
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