Spotlight: Alumnus Kelbessa Megersa

Sandscribe has sent many of its graduates out into the film industry in Ethiopia, and we are adding more each graduation. Sandscribe alumnus, Kelbessa Megersa, says that the intensive training at Sandscribe equipped him wih the necessary tools for filmmaking and encouraged him to move forward as a screenwriter and director. Post Sandscribe, he wrote and directed Dheebuu (Thirst), an 80-episode drama series. Watch the trailer in our video gallery. Dheebu was bought by Oromia TV and now airs twice a week in Ethiopia.  Kelbessa…

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Mentorship Program

Sandscribe is excited to announce its new mentorship program! Grace Jackson and Josh Penn Soskin are husband-and-wife filmmakers and  founders of House Blend Media, a boutique film and commercial production company based in Los Angeles.  Inspired by what Sandscribe is doing, they rounded up a number of their filmmaker colleagues and pitched the idea of mentoring students in Addis. And so the mentorship program was born. The 10-week program pairs a mentor (a working filmmaker in the US) with a Sandscribe student…

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Fulbright Scholar Teaches Sandscribe Students

Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, a filmmaker and educator, was selected for a Fulbright Specialist Program to teach at Rift Valley University in Addis Ababa, where she also undertook the mission of training Sandscribe students. Rift Valley is one of Sandscribe’s local partners, and our training base is located on their Bole campus. From October  26 – December 6, 2015, Gebre-Egziabher taught an intensive training practicum: “From Script To Screen.”  Students grouped into four teams to make four short films, which were screened to…

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Spotlight: Student Michael Shimeles

Our current student, Michael Shimeles, has directed two short films, including Ye Gomma Werat – one of four films our Sandscribe students produced this past fall under the leadership of Fulbright scholar, Lucy Gebre-Egziabher. Ye Gomma Werat won great acclaim in December when it was screened before an audience of Addis’ filmmakers and film students. Michael is now being mentored by Josh Soskin of House Blend Media through our mentor program. You can watch Ye Goma Werat below.

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