Rwanda Cinema Center is an organization which was created in 2003, with the goal of developing Rwanda’s cultural scene and economy through cinematic work. The whole idea is to give as many opportunities as possible to aspiring film-makers and all those people around the world of cinema.
The film industry in Rwanda is still very young; RCC has the goal of establishing the groundwork for all future film endeavors in this country. Its mission is to improve the policies around moviemaking, and to find as many financial and other resources to back Rwanda’s emerging world of cinema.
The ideas nurtured by RCC have also been accepted by other countries, such as Kenya and Uganda. This film center teaches all aspiring film-makers and organizes a lot of seminars and conferences dedicated to educating that region of Africa. RCC is also constantly improving, and there are many newcomers on board every year.
Starting off as a local project, Rwanda Cinema Center has grown in size and importance, and it managed to branch out to other continents and gain a lot of international acclaim. During the last years, RCC became part of the international Tribeca Film Festival in New York, which was created by Robert De Niro. After Italy and South Africa, Rwanda became the third country that was included as a partner for this famous film festival, in form of a cultural partner.
Becoming part of the international film scene, RCC has been given the opportunity to spread out and introduce the rich, intricate cultural legacy of Rwanda to new film marketplaces of the world. Backed by many partners, RCC decided to take the bold step of creating something that had not existed before – forming an independent theatre, first in Rwanda.
Another very important feature of RCC is the Rwanda Film Festival, a very important emerging cultural event that takes place every year and draws a lot of international attention to the country, celebrating its cultural heritage. This is a unique film festival in the world, and it has a bright future ahead of it, since it tries to blend the traditional with the modern and the local with the universal.