Rwanda Film Festival

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Rwanda Film Festival
LocationKigali, Rwanda
AwardsSilverback Awards
No. of filmsmost 100 (2012)[1]

The Rwanda Film Festival is a film festival held annually in July in Kigali, Rwanda. The Rwanda Film Festival gained worldwide recognition over the past years and has become one of Africa's major film events.


The Rwanda Film Festival was founded in 2005 by Eric Kabera.[2][3] Presented by the Rwanda Cinema Center, an organization that aims to promote the country's film industry, the Rwanda Film Festival, nicknamed "Hillywood" due to Rwanda's nickname of "Land of a Thousand Hills", is a travelling festival. Due to Kabera's desire to show the films to as large of an audience as possible, the festival is held not only in the capital of Kigali, but the films, especially ones made by Rwandan film-makers, are also shown on large inflatable screens in rural areas throughout the country.[4] More recently, Kabera has stated that the festival will make a move away from focusing only on the issue of the genocide; rather "other social issues" of modern Rwanda will be explored.[5]

Silverback Awards[edit]

The Silverback Awards were launched after the Silverback Sponsorship from London firm Hard Media with the Rwanda Film Festival.[6]

  • Hillywood Award
  • East Africa Award
  • Best Documentary Film
  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Director
  • Resilience Award
  • Rwanda as Seen Around the World
  • Audience Award
  • Out of Africa: Films on Africa


  1. ^ "2012 Rwanda Film Festival Set". Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Kisambira, Timothy. Rwanda: The Golden Experience of the Silver Screen,, April 6, 2008. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  3. ^ Gathoni, Peninnah. Fifth Film Festival to be held in June, The New Times, 2009. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  4. ^ Bloomfield, Steve. "Welcome to Hillywood: how Rwanda's film industry emerged from genocide's shadow". The Independent. August 30, 2007. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  5. ^ "Don't mention the genocide: Rwanda film industry moves on, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. March 28, 2008. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  6. ^ "RFF announce TEN Silverback Awards this July!". Rwanda Film Festival. Archived from the original on August 16, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2012.

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