MAKING film in Kenya

Team up and create your own Short Film

The Program

Within the MAKING segment of the SOME FINE DAY PiX film program, upcoming filmmakers from Kenya get the opportunity to develop, produce and distribute their own fiction short film.

MAKING offers selected participants in 13 film departments the opportunity to receive tuition and mentorship over several months. During the training the filmmakers team up across departments, pitch their short film project to a jury aiming to receive a financial stipend to produce their own short film.

Filmmakers can choose to apply for one of the following classes:

  • Scriptwriting
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Location Management
  • Assistant Directing
  • Costume Design
  • Make-Up Artists
  • Production Design
  • Sound Design
  • Film Music
  • Accounting

Please check our Terms & Conditions for additional information!

Departments

  • Accounting

    new application opens 2023

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    You are a producer handling your own production accounting? You are an experienced film accountant wanting to hone your skills? You are an accountant thinking of venturing into the film industry? Then this is the right workshop for you!

    A Production Accountant handles the financial side of a film shoot, likely working alongside other Production Accountants. They are responsible for tracking expenditure, issuing paychecks, and tracking the budget as it is spent in comparison to the total projected budget.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Assistant Directing

    new application opens 2023

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    Without an AD – no film! Full stop. An assistant director (or 1st AD) handles the logistics of running the set during production. They are the liaison between the director and the rest of the crew. They create and manage the shooting schedule and shot lists, coordinating with all department heads.

    Selected participants will receive tuition and mentorship in being the AD on a short film set as well as insights into how the film business works.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Cinematography

    new application opens 2023

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    Cinematographers obviously play a vital role in making a film, but what decisions do they make on a daily basis? The cinematographer’s primary goal is to capture the director’s vision. Using lighting, camera, and composition techniques, a DP translates that vision into images. The role of a cinematographer combines technical know-how, artistic skills and an understanding of how a storys narrative can be composed by images. Cinematography participants apply be demonstrating excactly that.

    Selected participants will receive tuition and mentorship in being the cinematographer of a short film as well as insights into how the film business works.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Costume Design

    new application opens 2023

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    They research, they purchase, they sew and they design… Costume Designers are reflecting the protagonists personality through their wardrobe – scene by scene. But they also read scripts, budget and schedule. With applying, show us your passion and understanding of this sometimes challenging but more often rewarding job.

    Selected participants will receive tuition and mentorship in being the costume designer of a short film crew as well as insights into how the film business works.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Directing

    new application opens 2023

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    Show us your unique creative talent, endurance to complete a project and ability to lead a team. Selected participants will receive tuition and mentorship in how to bring a script to screen, to prepare for production and delivery. During the course of the program, the directors will be introduced to the participants of the producing & scriptwriting program and their short film scripts. Participants are then encouraged to team up to develop the short films further. Subsequently the teams present their short film projects to a distinguished jury, which will select three teams, each of which will be awarded with financial support of KES 2.000.000 to produce their respective short film.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Editing

    new application opens 2023

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    The role of an film editor is incredibly diverse, challenging and plays an essential part in telling a very good story: It combines narrative and artistic understanding, an affinity for tech stuff as well as diplomatic and organisational skills.

    Selected participants will receive tuition and mentorship in being the editor of a fiction short film as well as insights into how the film business works.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Film Music

    Application open: 01. Aug 2022

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    Application open: 01. Aug 2022

    Deadline: 31. Aug 2022

  • Location Management

    new application opens 2023

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    Location Management is one of the most challenging, fun and diverse departments in filmmaking. And it’s certainly not just about permits, sign posting and running tea & coffee. Location Manager and Scouts must have it all: a creative mind, organisational talent and people skills. By applying show us your love for the job and why you’ve choosen to use your talents to make films.

    Selected participants will receive tuition and mentorship in being the location manager of a short film set as well as insights into how the film business works.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Make-up

    new application opens 2023

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    What does it need to be the lead make-up artist on a film set? Artistic skills surely, but organisational skills too! How do I read a script and a shooting schedule? How do I create a character? Whom do I speak to and when? During 5 online sessions we will walk you through the entire spectrum of the fantastic job that is being the lead Make-up artist on a film set.

    Selected participants will receive tuition and mentorship in being the head of the Make-up department of a film crew as well as insights into how the film business works.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Producing

    new application opens 2023

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    Producing participants apply by illustrating their understanding of how a good producer may handle some of the challenges which can occur while working among an equal team of creatives. Selected participants will receive tuition and mentorship in producing a short film as well as insights into how the film business works.

    During the course of the program, the producers will be introduced to the participants of the directing & scriptwriting program and their short film scripts. Participants are then encouraged to team up to develop the short films further. Subsequently the teams present their short film projects to a distinguished jury, which will select three teams, each of which will be awarded with financial support of KES 2.000.000 to produce their respective short film.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Production Design

    new application opens 2023

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    Production Design is one of the most fun but also challenging departments on a film production. Production designers create the world around a storys protagonists. They must be creative, adaptive and able to think out of the box. Apply by telling us about your passion for filmmaking and showing us your happy place!

    Selected participants will receive tuition and mentorship in being the production designer of a short film as well as insights into how the film business works.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Scriptwriting

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    Scriptwriting participants apply with a short film project, which they want to develop further. Selected participants will receive tuition and mentorship to bring their short film projects ready for production.

    During the course of the program, the scriptwriters will present their short film scripts to fellow participants from other disciplines. Following this pitch, members of the scriptwriting, directing & producing departments form teams to develop the short films further.

    Subsequently the teams present their projects to a distinguished jury, which will select three teams, each of which will be awarded with financial support of KES 2.000.000 to produce their respective short film.

    New Application opens 2023

  • Sound Design

    new application opens 2023

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    This workshop covers it all: Recording Sound on Location as well as Audio Post including Dialog, Sound Design, Music and Final Mixing! During 6 workshop sessions Nairobi-based Music Producer and Sound Engineer Eric Musyoka will share his extensive knowledge with you both online and in person!

    New Application opens 2023

Recommended steps before you apply

Read the Terms & Conditions

Make sure you can commit! Applicants need to be sure they can commit to the dates of the classes prior to applying, full attendance is one of the terms and conditions of participation.

The Application Process

By clicking on “Apply Now” to the department of your choice you get redirected to the online application form. Read the guidelines within the application form thoroughly.

Along with a completely filled in application form, each applicant is asked to submit additional assignments.

Please note, that the application form has no built in facility to save. The page can be left open and will not time out, but if you close it you will lose your information. It is therefore strongly recommended that you prepare your answers and additional material fully before filling out the online application.

Participants will be selected at the sole discretion of the SOME FINE DAY Pix Program. Applicants will receive feedback on their applications by E-Mail.

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