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This year under the theme: ''Red Carpet to Hillywood'' – the Rwanda Film Festival is a cultural event dedicated to bringing a true cinema experience to the communities in the hills of the Rwanda's remotest locations, the best of the local filmmakers and to create a film week in an event never to be forgotten. 


In what has quickly become a tradition, the Rwanda Film Festival-Red carpet to Hillywood will come alive on March 16-19 in the hills ( Hillywood) and from the 21-28, 2009 (Kigali venues) with filmgoers, actors, producers and directors sharing the excitement as outstanding Rwandan filmmakers and  independent films from all over the world are screened in casual, cinematic settings.


We chose to champion the domestic-made movies and the gifted hillywood filmmakers in an effort to stregthen and promote pride in our country's growing film industry. Today governments around the world and their partners have recognized the role of local film Institutions such as Rwanda Cinema Centre as potential tools for economic development. They are keen to promote film business as an activity that can cause trickle down effects of through the tourism sector. 


The importance of the film sector is such that it is not confined to a narrow economic band; in fact it adds value to a wide range of other sectors in the economy through the creation of demand for products and services. Production budgets are spent on a range of products from hardware to props, plants to steel, paint to timber, draperies to carpets, furniture to portable dressing rooms, generators to saddle makers, restaurants to hotel rooms.


Apart from providing a colorful event of film screenings, The Rwanda Film Festival will be a great occasion for filmmakers to interact with international guests and a wide range of events will be organized through: Our traditional Opening Night, the Women panorama, Children panorama, Youth Red Carpet, A tale on genocide films, Festival Award ceremony as well as the closing night.


Our 14-day run festival is proudly brought to the community by the Rwanda Cinema Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports and Culture each year and is projected to draw hundreds of visitors and artists from around the world.