Artists have been suffering from not being able to produce and share work since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic. Their income is reduced to 0 for many of them. The Boosting Shoots grants were aimed at supporting digital mini productions by artists based in Rwanda.
No theme was imposed, the only constraints were to create a maximum 1 minute project (diaporama, video, sound, animation...). This first call received 86 applications among which 10 projects were chosen. In the 10 selected projects were two music videos by Calene Ingabire and Cheryl Isheja aka Binghi, four micro fictions with themes going from our relationship to death, to mental health and LGBTIQ by Jules Cesar, Remy Ryumugabe, Ganza Moïse and Rebecca Uwamahoro, one animation film by Sebastian Iradukunda, one dance and music video about the street culture in Nyamirambo by Manzi Mbaya and two photographic projects by Jennifer Muhadogora and Jean Luc Habimana.
The jury paid attention to not only chose well known artists but also to give the opportunity to younger creatives to get known. We also asked the artists to give us the names of their collaborators which allows more people (artists, technicians, musicians...) to benefit from the visibility the posts bring.
Due to this big success, Goethe-Institut Rwanda together with the project coordinator Louise Mutabazi therefore decided to launch a second round of the Boosting Shoots grant competition. The call will be launched by the 10th of October 2020 with a deadline for applications by the 31st of October 2020. So watch out for Boosting Shoots 2!