Feature Film Apprenticeship Programme

Devised and delivered by international film-makers and educationalists, the Feature Film Apprenticeship Programme (FFP) is a hands-on, six-week training programme which aims to boost the capacity of East Africans to make world-class feature films - on a realistic budget, but with an international ambition


Ten apprentices were selected through an open process geared towards the film student community and budding film-makers. The only requirement was some proven experience in film-making or a related profession, or one year’s education in film; otherwise the programme was open to everyone over 18 years. Attention was given to gender balance, which is an ongoing problem in the film industry everywhere.

The apprentices assumed key assistant roles on set, according to their skills and inclinations, such as camera assistant, boom operator, production assistant, etc.

Acting as members of a professional production team, they gained invaluable insight into the high-pressure process of film-making, while actively contributing to the production of a feature.


  1. Capacity-building. Directors as diverse as Orson Welles, Mike Figgis and Robert Rodriguez have all said the same thing: you can learn more on a single shoot than in years at film school. The apprentices gained direct experience and skills that they can immediately apply in the regional film industry.
  2. Careers. Unlike many training programs, the FFP results in the delivery of a professional product - a full-length feature film. This will screen on various platforms and festivals around the world, and will therefore not only be a boost to their pride and experience, but also to their CV and show-reels.
  3. Team-building and networking. The apprentices and their more experienced colleagues have built up strong, professional relationships through six weeks of intensive work. Sustainable production teams are built on such foundation stones.
  4. Regional growth. The most ambitious aim of this project is to stimulate a general growth in feature film production in East Africa. Our apprentices have gained direct, participatory experience of the challenges and scope of this type of production, and are now in a far greater position to take the region forward in this exciting and empowering branch of film-making.

We issued the apprentices who graduated with certificates in recognition of their achievement.

Daniel ‘Dimon’ Kubuka (2nd Assistant Camera)

Emma Kora (Production Assistant)

Ainembabazi Miracle Tutu (Production Assistant)

Ahabwe Victor (Boom Operator)

Kebirungi Rose (Assistant Wardrobe)

Mubiru Hamzah (Set Dresser)

A big THANK YOU to our wonderful apprentices who made Imperial Blue possible, including Azorah Cephas and Musinguzi Francis Glen who couldn’t make it to the graduation ceremony.