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Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab

A project development lab  for creative producers from East and West Africa

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About

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 international industry mentors. The residential 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 first two editions held in 2021 & 2022 were a resounding success hosting producers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda & Burundi. ​

The last edition in 2023 saw the inclusion of West African producers created within the framework of the DEENTAL program, launched by the CNC with the financial collaboration of the European Union and the support of the ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) States organization, in collaboration with DOCUBOX (Kenya) & FOPICA (Senegal) 

In the same year, the lab also run its first  parallel program for documentary producers that was tailored towards producers with projects at the development stage in project partnership with Documentary Africa

In 2024, the lab will feature both fiction and documentary projects from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania & Ethiopia.

Vision

The Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab aim at bringing together producers from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda & Ethiopia. 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.

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Mission

The Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab aim to increase the number of creative producers in East Africa, equip producers with the required resources and tools, strengthen their skills in the film development stage and enhance the quality of their projects in order to create greater opportunities, visibility and access to the global markets.

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Fiction Producers:
Who Can Apply

The Great Lakes Creative Producer Lab is open to any producer formally attached to a full-length, fiction feature film currently in its development stage. 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, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. 

Only one project per applicant is accepted for submission and can be in English or French. 

The application deadline for the program is 30th June 2024, submissions must be done directly through the application form 

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Documentary Producers:
Who Can Apply

The Great Lakes Creative Producer Lab is open to any producer formally attached to a documentary film currently in its development stage. Applicants must own the IP rights to the project with which they apply and must have a director attached to the project.

The call is open to producers from one of the following countries; Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Ethiopia. One producer per country will be selected for the Documentary Lab.

Only one project per applicant is accepted for submission and can be in English or French. 

The application deadline for the program is 30th June 2024, submissions must be done directly through the application form 

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How to Apply

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Fiction Producers

Selection:

Application file (in French or English) which is composed of the completed application form, along with the following documents:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in the programme (maximum 250 words) 

  • A video in English, at most 3 minutes, presenting the producer's background, current project details (format, development stage, and requirements), motivations, objectives, and expectations for participation in the programme

  • The synopsis and logline of the film (200 words max)

  • A narrative treatment (maximum 10 pages)

  • Project status and history (200 words max)

  • Look book (if available)

  • The producer’s note of intent (maximum 1 page and 200 words).

  • The curriculum vitae (focused on the filmography) of the producer (200 words max).

  • The presentation of the production company (200 words max).

  •  Budget top sheet and finance plan (in local currency and in euros).

  • Finance plan

  •  A copy of the passport of the producer to determine proof of citizenship.

  • A high resolution image of the producer.

  • A Vimeo or Youtube link from the director’s last film, subtitled in French or English (short and feature films are accepted)

  •  Proof of Chain of Title

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Documentary Producers

Selection:

Application file (in French or English) which should be composed of the completed application form, along with the following documents:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in the programme (maximum 250 words) 

  • A video in English, at most 3 minutes, presenting the producer's background, current project details (format, development stage, and requirements), motivations, objectives, and expectations for participation in the programme

  • The synopsis and logline of the film.

  • A narrative treatment (maximum 10 pages).

  • Project status and history.

  • Look book (if available).

  • The producer’s note of intent (maximum 1 page).

  • The curriculum vitae (focused on the filmography) of the producer.

  • The presentation of the production company.

  • Budget top sheet and finance plan (in local currency and in euros).

  • A copy of the passport of the producer to determine proof of citizenship.

  • A highresolution image of the producer.

  • A Vimeo or Youtube link from the director’s last film, subtitled in French or

  • English (short films and feature films are accepted).

  • Chain of Title

​Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Key Dates - 2024 Edition

Application Deadline: 14th July, 2024.

Pre-Lab sessions: Select dates in September & October 2024 

Producers Lab Dates: 4th November - 8th November, 2024

Location of the Workshop: Kampala, Uganda

Gallery - 2023 Lab Edition

Pitch Presentation
Session with Joachim Landau
Project Presentation
Session with Joachim Landau
Pitch Presentation
Session with Melissa Adeyemo

Gallery - 2022 Lab Edition

April Wambui (Kenya)
Plenary sessions
Group sessions with Margaux Lorier
Hatibu Madudu (Tanzania)
Josue Simparingabo (Rwanda)
Sofia RIni Namuye (Kenya)

Our Partners

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Contact Us

P.O Box 2033-00202, Nairobi

+254 729 420 666

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