Who we are
The course is led by a team of international professionals, with extensive and current industry experience, this is supplemented by a range of local and visiting lecturers who conduct special workshops and tutorials.
Rose-Marie Kivijärvi is a filmmaker with a background in Journalism (London College of Communications) and Visual Anthropology (Goldsmiths University). Her films have been shown in various film festivals and broadcast on a number of TV channels.
She is currently Head of Kampala Film School and teaches producing and directing.
Arlen has a background in Political Economy (University of York) and Social Anthropology (University of Cambridge). He has curated various film programs at festivals and cultural institutions in numerous countries since 2008. He is currently working on an essay film that explores how Greece’s history of debt has been inscribed into the Athenian landscape.
At KFS he teaches film and documentary theory and history, visual culture and African cinema.
Thomas Holmes has worked in the broadcasting industry for 10 years as a studio manager, technical producer, locations assistant, operations assistant and camera operator.
He has worked freelance as a sound recordist, audio post-production editor, composer and sound designer with his work featuring on international radio, TV and film projects.
He teaches audio production and sound design at KFS.
Independent filmmaker (award winning film – “My City on Fire”) cinematographer, sound recordist and film director.
Dennis is a founding member of KFS and teaches cinematography.
Joseph Kitsha Kyasi
Kitsha is an experienced younger filmmaker; he was D.O.P for ‘The Cut’, a film that has been shown at many film festivals worldwide and won several international awards. He has worked on many international NGO films, edited for DW Television and exhibited his works of photography at the Uganda museum.
He teaches editing at KFS.
Michiel Van Oosterhout
Michiel is a journalist and scriptwriter/filmmaker based in Kampala since 2001. He was a founding member of Amakula Kampala International Film Festival.
He wrote the script for the award-winning Zanzibari feature film ‘Zamora’ and teaches scriptwriting at KFS.
Cristiano Civitillo is a film director and producer with a master’s degree in film from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. His documentaries and shorts have won awards at various international film festivals.
In 2006 he founded Picturefields in Amsterdam, a creative production company specialising in online media and advertisement. His clients include Nike, Adidas, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Ikea, Heineken and others. These campaigns have won dozens of awards globally.
At KFS he teaches advanced editing and advertising.
David is a film and theatre producer who studied Visual Anthropology MA at Goldsmiths (London) and has worked at Ugandan universities since 2008. He is the founder of Tilapia Cultural Centre, near Kampala University.