Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab
A network of creative producers from East Africa
The Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab is a 5-day film development program that aims at broadening the professional networks and producing expertise of participants through a series of hands-on workshops and one-on-one sessions with local and regional industry mentors. The program is designed to hone emerging producers’ creative instincts and evolve their communication and problem-solving skills at all stages of their next feature film project.
The 1st lab Edition held in 2021 was a resounding success hosting producers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda & Burundi.
The Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab aim at bringing together producers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi & Rwanda. This program is meant to address some of the challenges that exist in our eco-system where the role of the creative producer is not well understood.
The Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab aim to increase the number of creative producers as well as their skills inorder to create greater opportunities and access to the local markets.
Who Can Apply
What You Need
The Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab is open to any producer formally attached to a full-length, fiction feature film.
Applicants must control the rights to the project with which they apply. Projects do not need financing in place at the time of application. However, each application must demonstrate serious attention to the film’s budget and articulate the reasoning behind the budget level. Documentary, short film, new media and episodic projects are not eligible to apply.
The call is open to producers from one of the following countries: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. Two producers (a different project each) per country will be selected for the Lab.
Only one project per applicant is accepted for submission and can be in English or French.
Candidates must have produced at least two short films or 1 feature-length fiction or nonfiction film, as lead creative producer. This does not include co-producer, associate, or executive producer credits.
Candidates must have the legal right (by way of ownership or option or attachment agreement) to produce the script.
How to Apply
What You Need
Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration in one combined PDF file:
1. The synopsis and logline of the film (maximum 1 page).
2. A narrative treatment (maximum 10 pages).
3. Project status and history.
4. The producer’s & film-makers note of intent (maximum 1 page).
5. The curriculum vitae (focused on the filmography) of the producer and film-maker
6. The presentation of the production company.
7. A high resolution image of the producer and the film-maker
8. A copy of the passport of the producer to determine proof of citizenship.
9. A Vimeo or YouTube link from the producer’s last film, subtitled in French or English if in a different language (short films and feature films are accepted).
Gallery - 2021 Lab Edition
Key Milestones - 2021 Lab Edition
3 Film Projects Optioned
3 film projects were selected by a renowned production and distribution company - this was backed by an initial investment and support for further development of the projects.
Pariticipation at the Rotterdam Lab - 2022 Edition
One of the producers was selected to participate in the renwoned Rotterdam Producers Lab which is part of the IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
Key Dates - 2022 Edition
Submission Deadline: 31st August, 2022
Decision Date: 14th September, 2022
Lab: 23rd - 30th October, 2022