Spotlight: On The Set Of QANAFAA

This past fall (2015), Sandscribe students Bayisa Tura and Sagni Dibisa wrote and directed the short film Qanafaa as part of the intensive class, “From Script to Screen,” taught by visiting Fulbright scholar Fulbright  Lucy Gebre-Egziabher. Qanafaa has received much praise from audiences in Ethiopia. In Qanafaa, a woman is beaten by her husband. Although she forgives him, the village elders still must decide how to respond to the man’s offense against a woman in their community. “Qanafaa” is the Oromo-language word for a traditional…

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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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