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.
Elena is a filmmaker and editor with over 15 years of experience in the industry, she worked for the main tv channels in Russia as well as on numerous personal projects. Elena is now based in Kampala teaching editing at KFS.
Derek teaches random chaotic creative out-pour (RACCO) with an emphasis on assembling sounds and moving images to create emotions, experiences and over-standing. His academic background is in political science, but he got his film education at the Asian Academy of Film and Television in New Delhi, India, where he worked on documentaries and developed the RACCO approach through games and practical creative film exercises.
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.
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 directing and production.
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.