Sauti Mpya: Our Lives, Our Stories, Our Future

Sauti Mpya Film Training Programme

Building on the success of previous film initiatives, Nafasi Art Space in partnership with We World Tanzania, Zanzibar International Film Festival, The Tanzania Film Board, and Azam TV, are pleased to announce a narrative short film development opportunity for emerging storytellers interested in the art of filmmaking as a form of self-expression.

Facilitated under the guidance of experienced local & international filmmakers, the initiative will offer successful applicants the opportunity to take part in the making and development of original and creative short films in a collaborative setting, involving practical and theoretical training, mentorship, and on-set experience.

Application Eligibility

Tanzanian nationality
Must be 18+ to apply
First time screenwriters and filmmakers, especially people under 25 and women are encouraged to apply
Selected applicants must be willing and able to participate in a 2-week full time script development and pre-production workshop, and part-time engagement during 2 months of production and post-production (May – July)


Please submit the following as PDF or Word documents via email to by the deadline 24 April 2021 with the subject: SAUTI MPYA PROJECT – [Your Name]

Short Answer Questions:

Please introduce yourself and your motivation to participate in this program (300 words max).

What is your favorite movie or story and why? (200 words max)

If you were to make a film about a very important moment, experience, or person in your life, what would that story be about? (Please summarize the plot in 250 words max.)

If you were to make a film about an issue in society that is important to you, what would it be about and how would the story be told? (Please write a brief synopsis of the film in 250 words max.)

What area of filmmaking interests you most and why? (Writing, directing, producing, camera, production design, acting, editing, costume/make-up, sound, music, etc) — (100 words max)

Supporting materials:
links to previous work (if any)
treatment and/or screenplay of an original story you have written (optional)

Workshop Sessions will include:
Script development and pitching
Pre-production – including budgeting, locations, casting, building teams, scheduling, + more
Capturing the story through the lens/understanding of camera positioning.
Directing actors.

3-16 May: Pre-production workshops including story development
17-31 May: Production (Shooting of 3 selected short films)
1-30 June: Post Production (editing, sound, color grading, effects, etc)

The pre-production workshops will be full-time (10am-5pm, Mon-Fri, with some additional weekend activities). Each film will be shot in 3-4 days over two weeks. The post-production period will include continued mentorship and involvement on a part-time basis (estimated 20 hours per week).

The program is provided free of charge for selected participants. Lunch and water will be provided. Transport costs are the responsibility of the participant.

Participants who complete the pre-production workshops will have the opportunity to be a part of the crews to make short 10-15 minute films to show at local and international film festivals.
The initiative is to support artistic development for early-career filmmakers (writer, directors, producers, cinematographers, art directors, editors, etc), who can demonstrate a commitment to developing their careers in film.